NEW ROLEX WATCHES

A new sailing watch collection leads the seven-strong Rolex contingent at BaselWorld 2019, along with numerous refinements to its existing models.

With one new addition to its Rolex sailing watch collection christened Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master 42, two new variants of its Oyster Perpetual Datejust collection and several upgrades, Rolex has added seven new watches to its repertoire.

With a 42mm diameter, the Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master 42 seems to embody the old saying, the bigger the better. It introduces a new size in the sailing watch range and is made of 18ct white gold, boasting a new-generation calibre 3235 and the Rolex Glidelock extension system.

Apart from a bidirectional rotatable bezel and a 60-minute graduated Cerachrom bezel insert in matt black ceramic, the Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master 42 guarantees a power reserve of around 70 hours, thanks to Rolex’s Chronergy escapement, developed and patented in-house.

Rolex is adding a Rolesor version (a combination of Oystersteel and 18ct yellow gold) to the Sea-Dweller range, thereby bringing 18ct yellow gold to the collection. The watch’s “Sea-Dweller” inscription on the dial is in yellow, mirroring the 18ct yellow gold of the unidirectional rotatable bezel. The Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller is also equipped with a new-generation calibre 3235.

A facelift to its 2018 counterpart, the new version of the Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II is offered in Oystersteel, with a 24-hour graduated two-colour Cerachrom bezel insert in blue and black ceramic and a new-generation calibre 3285.

The Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona also gets a facelift with a paved and elaborate dial, and shimmers in champagne-colour, intertwined with diamonds and black lacquer. At a heightened calibre of 4130, its power reserve lasts around 72 hours. Two new dials stand out with the Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 36 – green ombré on the watch in 18ct yellow gold and brown ombré on the 18ct Everose gold version.

The new variants of Oyster Perpetual Datejust 36 scream corporate elegance in white Rolesor versions (combining Oystersteel and 18ct white gold), and feature a choice of a black sunray finish dial or a dial in white, mother-of-pearl accompanied by 10 diamond hour markers.

Finally, the first of its kind Oyster Perpetual Datejust 31, features 18ct yellow gold Roman numerals set in the backdrop of an olive-green sunray finish dial. The second option offers a rosé-colour sunray-finish dial with Roman numerals in 18ct pink gold on an Oyster bracelet.

INVESTMENT WATCHES

The 5 best watches to invest in:

1. Tudor Heritage Black Bay

A new addition to the Heritage Black Bay family this diver’s watch in stainless steel draws its characteristic elements from Tudor’s history. Fitted with Tudor’s MT5602 self-winding mechanical movement with bidirectional rotor system, with power reserve of 70 hours.

What the expert says: 

“Stick to the classic pieces that people will always want and you’ll have a watch that, 10 years down the line, will recoup the majority of your initial outlay. Tudor’s recent phoenix-from-the-ashes revival was spearheaded by the gorgeously but not slavishly retro-styled Black Bay. 

Now it’s fitted with an in-house movement and always in steel, rather than precious metal (flamboyance is inversely proportional to successful investment!) It’s already a classic that feels like it’s always been around.”

– Kyron Keogh, MD of ROX

2. Rolex Submariner

The iconic Rolex Submariner is one of the most successful diver’s watches in history. The Rolex Manufacture 3135 movement is housed in a 904L stainless steel case which is waterproof to 300 metres (1,000 feet).

What the expert says:  

“Rolex’s steel sports watches are a surefire investment, you never see examples older than two or three years selling for less than what they originally cost. That’s because Rolex is the ultimate luxury watch brand, their Submariner was the pioneering diving watch of the 1950s and you can wear it every day with everything.”

– Simon de Burton, watch and auction expert

3. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Automatic

The Royal Oak is made up of 280 parts and 40 jewels, this watch is powered by a self-winding manufacture calibre 3120 movement and has a 60-hour power reserve.

What the expert says: 

“The Royal Oak has barely changed since 1972 and for good reason – its designer Gérald Genta’s octagonal case and integrated bracelet was spot-on from inception. That sort of integrity will come to bear in a lifetime’s value, both sentimental and monetary.”

– Kyron Keogh, MD of ROX

4. Omega Seamaster 300m

This Seamaster 300 has a sand-blasted black dial with rhodium-plated hands coated with  “vintage” Super-LumiNova. The polished ceramic bezel ring has a Liquidmetal diving scale, and the transparent caseback makes it possible to see the anti-magnetic OMEGA Master Co-Axial calibre 8400 within.

What the expert says: 

“Buy into James Bond’s model of choice and you’ll be buying into a brand that’s increasing in resale value faster than anyone else. What’s more, if you look hard enough, you’ll still be able to find the quartz version of the Seamaster, which is being phased out very soon. Discontinued watches are very collectable and you will undoubtedly reap more on the vintage market than what you sowed at retail.”

– Lloyd Amsdon, co-founder of Watchfinder

5. Panerai Luminor Base

The Panerai Luminor Base features a hand-wound Panerai OP I calibre, with a 56 hour power reserve. It’s designed it Italy, but made in Switzerland.

What the expert says: 

“Panerai’s chunky, cushion-shaped watches are a modern cult phenomenon and one of the best investments you can make. Panerai has a fantastic collector base and, even if it’s just to make a slight change, every model is limited, so whatever Panerai you buy will become a collectable soon enough.” 

– Simon Sutton, Director at Watches of Knightsbridge

BREITLING SUPEROCEAN HERITAGE

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BOASTING STRAPS MADE FROM REPURPOSED OCEAN NYLON.

The worlds of luxury and activism are all-too-often foreign from one another. Of course, almost every brand in the world will boast that they make their wares out of reponsibly-sourced materials or boast that, because they make ‘products that last’, they’re somehow helping the environment.

But there’s very rarely any action to back up the talk. And that’s a shame, because restoring our environment is a battle that has to be fought on a systemic level, not one that rests on the shoulders of collective individuals.

The most important change comes from the top, when the world’s biggest companies act in the biggest way to ensure that every facet of consumer society is being run as sustainably as possible. Breitling recognise this, and to show that, they’ve launched a brand new take on the Superocean Heritage Divers Watch, made in partnership with Marine non-profit Ocean Conservancy, aimed at helping to bring awareness and health back to the state of our coastal areas.

 

The Breitling Superocean Heritage Ocean Conservancy Limited Edition (Image: Breitling)

THE BREITLING SUPEROCEAN HERITAGE OCEAN CONSERVANCY LIMITED EDITION.

But what have Breitling done to back their claims of eco-friendliness up? Well, suffice it to say they’ve done their share.

The dual NATO straps each watch carries are made with ECONYL® yarn material, made from recycled nylon waste — a good proportion of which comes from disused fishing nets that would otherwise wreak general havoc on marine wildlife. Even cooler, the material can actually be recycled indefinitely, ensuring it never ends up in landfill (or in this case, a beach) again.

Breitling also have a long-standing commitment to making their watches out of durable, relatively eco-friendly materials, ensuring that their long-standing effect and propensity to end up in landfill is minimal.

The watch was launched in Bali by three members of Breitling’s so called ‘Surf Squad’, which just so happens to contain three of the greatest surfers of all time. Kelly Slater and Australia’s own Steph Gilmore both participated in a probably much-needed beach clean-up to launch the watch, during which 100 people removed hundreds of kilograms of trash and plastic from one of the island’s most celebrated stretches of coastline.

 “I always say – and I believe that I can speak on behalf of the entire Surfers Squad – that beaches are, in effect, our offices,” said Slater.

“What we have seen here and on beaches and in oceans around the world is shocking, and I would like to thank Breitling and Ocean Conservancy for their shared fight against plastic pollution. Everyone can contribute to a cleaner environment – for ourselves and for future generations.”

The Breitling Superocean Heritage Ocean Conservancy Limited Edition is available now at Breitling Sydney and select retailers for $8,390. It’s limited to just 1,000 pieces worldwide.

 

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