Rolex presented a new generation of its Oyster Perpetual watches, including updated proportions to the venerable Submariner to 41mm case diameter but the freshest injection comes by way of the new series of 36mm Oyster Perpetual watches, in addition to the new model to the range, 41mm Oyster Perpetual. Unlike its predecessor models which tilted towards a more, sophisticated and refined aesthetic, the new Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36 is unveiled with a dynamic and vibrant new look, offering lacquer dials in five new colours: candy pink, turquoise blue, yellow, coral red and green.
Underneath that colourful lacquer dial of the new Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36 is the latest in-house calibre 3230, the same movement which made its debut in the new 41mm no-date Submariner. Where the Oyster Perpetual 41 presented a typical elegant aesthetic courtesy of its silver, sunray-finish dial graced with hands and hour markers executed in 18 ct yellow gold, the new Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36 brings unexpected colourways to the classic refinement on display of the scintillating profile of the Oyster case made from robust Oystersteel.
Topped with a domed bezel and sapphire crystal coated on the underside with anti-reflective treatment for that extra, un-impeded pop of colour, all five editions feature Chromalight luminous material on the hour indexes and hands, which means that while these new Rolex Oyster Perpetual timepieces will turn heads in the day time, their night time legibility by way of bright blue ‘Skywalker lightsabresque’ lume makes sure that the new Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36 is still plenty attractive when night falls.
According to Rolex, turquoise blue, yellow, coral red and green will be available to the new Rolex Oyster Perpetual 41 as well but the candy pink variant will remain exclusive to the 36mm editions.
The Oyster Perpetual 41 and the new versions of the Oyster Perpetual 36 are equipped with calibre 3230, a movement launched by Rolex this year. The new Calibre 3230, which also appears in new Rolex sport models like the Submariner 41 incorporates the Chronergy escapement patented by Rolex, which combines the Geneva manufacture’s penchant for high energy efficiency with great dependability.
Made of nickel-phosphorus, the movement itself is insensitive to magnetic fields, further supported with an optimised blue Parachrom hairspring, manufactured in house; The exclusive paramagnetic alloy makes it up to 10 times more precise than a traditional hairspring in case of shocks and is equipped with a Rolex overcoil, ensuring regularity in any position. The oscillator is fitted on the Rolex-designed and -patented high-performance Paraflex shock absorbers, increasing the movement’s shock resistance. Thanks to its barrel architecture and the escapement’s superior efficiency, its power reserve extends to approximately 70 hours.
A fresh take on a venerable range, Rolex Oyster Perpetual collection is easily the brand’s most versatile design. The introduction of the 41mm version, which replaces the 39, plays double duty as a more sportive variant, particularly in black or blue dial editions. The new Oyster Perpetual 36 is also perfect in that it addresses a market gap of dressy watches where they tend to lean on the side of dainty. While it’s arguable that the new colourful dials might turn away folks looking for the same discretion afforded by the previous 39mm models, the new Rolex Oyster Perpetual 41 and 36 are still easily the most wearable references for the broader market.
In addition to these colourful dials, three additional variations: a silver, blue, and bright black dial joins the family of Oyster Perpetual watches. Like all Rolex watches, the Oyster Perpetual 41 and Oyster Perpetual 36 carry the Superlative Chronometer certification, which ensures excellent performance on the wrist.
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