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First Look: Hands-On with the Rolex Cellini Moonphase Ref. 50535 (with Pics, Specs & Prices)

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The last time Rolex produced a watch with a moon phase was in the early 1950s, when the references 6062 and 8171 “Padellone” were in production. Now the complication has made a comeback with the Cellini Moonphase, the latest addition to the line that made its debut in 2014.

While the inspiration for the new watch is decades old, the Cellini Moonphase looks and feels like a modern watch, or more specifically, a modern day Rolex, which is to say impeccably and precisely manufactured. read more

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A Look at Perhaps the Most Expensive Rolex Ever, Once Owned by the Last Emperor of Vietnam

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Reigning from 1926 to 1955, Bảo Đại was the last Emperor of Vietnam. While not the greatest success as sovereign rulers go, Bao Dai was a man of great taste who owned many precious things, ranging from a custom-bodied Ferrari 375 MM Spyder to this very Rolex ref. 6062.

Slated to be sold by auctioneers Phillips at their Geneva watch auction on May 13 and 14, 2017, the ref. 6062 “Bao Dai” carries an estimate of between SFr1.5m to SFr3m. With Rolex having just introduced its first moon phase watch since the ref. 6062 was in production, the timing of the sale is apt. read more

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Introducing The Rolex Yacht-Master 40 With Dark Rhodium Dial

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Rolex Yacht-Master 40

I was too busy falling in love (again) with the gold and chocolate Rolesor Yacht-Master, which was distracting me and dazzling my senses, but then out of the corner of my eye I spotted a flash of almost-iridescent blue, and my curiosity was piqued.

I’m so glad it was, because this steel and platinum Yacht-Master with its dark rhodium dial and blue highlights is an absolute stunner, even though it’s a much more restrained affair than its Everose-embellished siblings (in both Rolesorand Oysterflex variants). This is partly down to the dark dial, but it’s also the bi-directional platinum bezel, which might sound weird given the material, but with a predominantly sand-blasted finish, it’s actually far less in-your-face than ceramic. Not that it’s plain, by any stretch. The shimmering dial, polished bezel elements and centre bracelet links mean it pops where it counts, and the overall effect of metallic grey on metallic grey adds up to a truly luxurious watch on the wrist. read more

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The Most Iconic Rolex Gets An Update – The Oyster Perpetual Datejust 41 Watch

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The Oyster Perpetual Datejust 41steel strip watch in hand

There are two main contenders for the title of ‘most recognisable watch in the world’, both of them made by Rolex. Naturally, the Submariner has a good shot at the title, but for me, the clear winner is the Datejust. First introduced in 1945, it includes one of the most useful and ubiquitous complications – a date window. Like many features we take for granted on a watch today, this date represented a Rolex first, in that rather than slowly transitioning over a few hours, the Datejust’s date jumped instantly at the stroke of midnight. read more

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The Rolex Datejust 41 Rolesor

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Perhaps the most famous luxury watch ever, the Rolex Datejust is over 70 years old, but looks much the same as it did decades ago.

The unchanging aesthetic belies the significant improvements Rolex has made to its bestseller, culminating in the latest Datejust 41, powered by the next generation calibre 3235 movement. Though the new ceramic Daytona and Air-King got way more press at Baselworld 2016, the Datejust 41 unveiled at the same time is arguably more important, simply because Rolex will sell many, many more of them. read more