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Rolex's Baselworld releases - the Oyster Perpetual and the Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master

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CLUB Away from the Fairways | TEE TIME RIGHT ON TIME A LOOK AT TWO OF ROLEX’S BASELWORLD RELEASES – THE OYSTER PERPETUAL AND THE OYSTER PERPETUAL YACHT-MASTER. Caption: Timeless Classic: the Oyster Perpetual from Rolex HKGOLFER.COM HK GOLFER・JUN 2015 27

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This new Yacht-Master is offered in two sizes: 40 mm and a new 37 mm diameter. Its Oyster case in 18 ct Everose gold includes a rotatable bezel fitted with a new Cerachrom insert in black ceramic with polished raised numerals on a matt background. This finish underscores the similar contrast between the polished 18 ct Everose gold watch case and the matt black of the Oysterflex bracelet, dial and Cerachrom insert. NEW OYSTERFLEX BRACELET The Yacht-Master’s new Oysterflex bracelet, developed and patented by Rolex, offers a sporty alternative to metal bracelets without compromising robustness, waterproofness or reliability. Aesthetically and in suppleness and comfort, it resembles a rubber strap, while its resistance is comparable to that of a metal bracelet. The bracelet attaches to the watch case and the The new Oysterlock safety clasp by a Oysterflex flexible titanium and nickel alloy metal blade. The blade bracelet offers a is overmoulded with highsporty alternative performance black elastomer to metal which is particularly resistant bracelets without to environmental effects, very durable and perfectly inert for compromising the wearer of the watch. For robustness enhanced comfort, the inside of the Oysterflex bracelet is equipped with a patented longitudinal cushion system that stabilizes the watch on the wrist. The bracelet is fitted with an 18 ct Everose gold Oysterlock safety clasp that prevents accidental opening. CERACHROM BEZEL AND BLACK DIAL The new Cerachrom insert in black ceramic fitted in the rotatable bezel is true to the Yacht-Master’s identity. The raised numerals and graduations with a highly polished finish stand out clearly against a matt background, allowing the wearer to easily read elapsed times of up to 60 minutes. The matching black dial – a first for this model – contrasts sharply with the broad Chromalight hands and hour markers filled with a luminescent material emitting a long-lasting blue glow. This display offers exceptional legibility both in the daylight and in the dark. THE OYSTER CASE, SYMBOL OF WATERPROOFNESS The Yacht-Master’s Oyster case, guaranteed waterproof to a depth of 100 metres (330 feet), is a paragon of robustness, proportion and elegance. The middle case is crafted from a solid block of HKGOLFER.COM A The 2015 version of the Oyster Perpetual (above) is a direct descendent of the original Oyster launched in 1926; the new Yacht-Master and its Oysterflex bracelet 28 HK GOLFER・JUN 2015 t this year’s Baselworld, Rolex introduced a new black and 18 ct Everose gold version of its nautical Oyster Perpetual YachtMaster, fitted with the innovative Oysterflext bracelet developed and patented by the watchmaker itself. This technical bracelet combines in a singular way the robustness and reliability of a metal bracelet with the flexibility, comfort and aesthetics of an elastomer strap. At its core lies a superelastic metal blade overmoulded with high performance black elastomer.

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that have passed the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC) tests. Their architecture ensures peerless precision and reliability. In calibre 3135, the oscillator – the true heart of the watch – has a blue Parachrom hairspring patented and manufactured by Rolex in an exclusive alloy. Calibre 2236 is fitted with the new Rolexdeveloped Syloxi hairspring in silicon introduced in 2014, which offers exceptional chronometric p er fo r man ce. Ins ensi t i ve to ma gn e t i c interferences, both hairsprings offer great stability in the face of temperature variations and remain up to 10 times more precise than a traditional hairspring in case of shocks. THE QUINTESSENTIAL OYSTER One of Rolex’s other releases at Baselworld, new Oyster Perpetual is the purest expression of the Oyster concept, having no other function than a reliable and accurate time display. This watch is the direct descendant of the original Oyster launched in 1926, the first waterproof wristwatch in the world and the The Yachtfoundation on which Rolex has built Master’s case its reputation. It comprises the renowned has been Rolex waterproof Oyster case and crafted from Manufacture mechanical self-winding a solid block Perpetual movement. An officially certified chronometer, the Oyster of 18 ct Perpetual is endowed with all the Everose gold fundamental attributes of the Oyster collection. This timeless model stands out with its eye-catching new dials in elegant and sporty colours. CALIBRES 3132, 3130 AND 2231 According to its size, the Oyster Perpetual is equipped with either calibre 3132 (39 mm version), 3130 (36 and 34 mm versions), or 2231 (31 and 26 mm versions), three self-winding mechanical movements entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex. The high-quality design, manufacture and fine-tuning of Rolex movements ensure exceptional performance. Each movement is a certified Swiss chronometer, a designation reserved for high-precision watches that have passed the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC) tests. In calibres 3132 and 3130, the oscillator – the true heart of the watch – has a blue Parachrom hairspring patented and manufactured by Rolex in an exclusive alloy of niobium and zirconium. Insensitive to magnetic interferences, the Parachrom hairspring offers great stability in the face of temperature variations and remains up to 10 times more precise than a traditional hairspring in case of shock. HKGOLFER.COM 18 ct Everose gold, cast by Rolex in its own foundry. Its fluted case back and the winding crown – fit ted with the Triplock triple waterproofness system – screw down securely against the case. The crown guard forms an integral part of the middle case. The crystal, with a Cyclops lens at 3 o’clock for easy reading of the date, is made of virtually scratchproof sapphire. The waterproof Oyster case provides optimal protection for the high-precision movement. CALIBRES 3135 AND 2236 The new 40 mm Yacht-Master is equipped with calibre 3135 and the 37 mm version with calibre 2236, two self-winding mechanical movements entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex. Like all Rolex Perpetual movements, 3135 and 2236 are certified Swiss chronometers, a designation reserved for high-precision watches The Oyster Perpetual YachtMaster 40mm is equipped with calibre 2236, a selfwinding mechanical movement entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex 30 HK GOLFER・JUN 2015

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