A closer look at the notable Rolex Baselworld 2011 novelties

As mentioned in an earlier post here, the new Explorer II ref. 216570 was no surprise. Some of its features are notable. The press release explains:

Its case, enlarged to 42 mm, houses the new calibre 3187… [which] includes… the PARAFLEX shock absorbers and the non-magnetic PARACHROM hairspring…

The bracelet is equipped with a new OYSTERLOCK clasp with safety catch and the EASYLINK comfort extension link.

On the dial, the 24-hour hand has returned to the arrow shape and the orange colour of the original 1971 model. The hour and minute hands are broader and more legible, and, on the black-dial version, their black base blends with the black dial to create a “phantom effect”. The luminescent sections of the hands seem to float over the dial –another nod to the historic model.”

Totally unexpected but causing quite a stir is the new Daytona in rose gold with ceramic bezel ref. 116515LN. The dial is brown and so is the alligator strap. Not my cup of tea but very striking. This watch has Rolex fans dreaming of a steel Daytona with ceramic bezel, or perhaps, maybe, a Daytona entirely in Cerachrom, the brand name for Rolex ceramic.

And the Yachtmaster is now available in two-tone Everose Rolesor (Everose is the proprietary Rolex rose gold alloy while Rolesor refers to steel and gold). Again not my cup of tea.


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