Those in search of a traditional, dressier timepiece from the Rolex brand have just been given a new option. Introducing the new “Rolex Cellini Moonphase” at Baselworld 2017. A great selection for those trying to keep it classy, while moving forward towards innovation.
Even after having seen the new Rolex “Daytona” and “Sky-Dweller”, this new “Cellini” may be my favorite of the Baselworld novelties. Although it’s not a fair comparison, since the “Cellini” has always been more of a dress watch and the others are clearly sportier timepieces. So, in an ideal world any horology enthusiast would be proud to have one of each in their collection, as a way to properly shift between attires.
Rolex has a reputation for not being at the vanguard of aesthetics, as much as they are renown for being consistently reliable watchmakers. They tend to like observing other brands shake up the markets with novelty materials, designs and gimmicks. Only to see where all the chips fall and drawing their own conclusions before introducing them themselves. So, this “Cellini” clearly stands out as a certain rare timepiece, for the Rolex modus operandi we’ve grown accustomed to typically witnessing.
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The 39mm case is made of 18k Everose gold with a polished finish and a solid case back. It’s not an Oyster, but was still equipped with a flared screw-down winding crown with Rolex emblem engraved on it. Also mounted to the case is a double domed and fluted 18k Everose gold bezel. Refined lugs were applied for a smooth fit on the wrist, while maintaining this watches sophisticated yet understated look. Covered by a domed sapphire crystal that assists with water-resistance on this timepiece being able to reach up to 50 meters (164 feet).
Time is exhibited on a white lacquer dial with applied 18k pink gold hour index markers. A ring with black minute index markers and Arabic numerals for every 5-minute increment can be seen circling the dial, even cutting thru the hour index markers. While 18k pink gold hands are used to indicate current time and tick the seconds away. The date is displayed around the circumference of the dial, pointed out by a blue center hand with a crescent moon on its tip.
There is a Moonphase at the 6 o’clock position, which showcases this complication with an enameled Full moon in meteorite and a rhodium-plated Silver new moon and stars that have been pad printed. Normally moon-phases are partially concealed, but this Moonphase is completely revealed, using an arrow at the 12 o’clock position of the Moonphase to indicate what the current moon position should be.
Rolex Cellini Moonphase
This “Rolex Cellini Moonphase” (Ref#: 50535) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 3195, which is a Superlative Chronometer certified for guaranteeing precision to -2/+@ seconds per day. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 48 hours, when fully wound. Mounted to the watch is a brown alligator leather strap, secured to the wrist by an 18k Everose gold folding Rolex Crownclasp.
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