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New faces on popular classics

Published Fri, Apr 16, 2021 · 05:50 AM
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ROLEX MADE A SPLASH in 2020 when it introduced bold colours like turquoise, red, yellow, pink and more to its Oyster Perpetual collection.

Following in that vein, it is once again experimenting with some head-turning dial designs on some of this year's novelties.

Two can be found on the Oyster Perpetual Datejust 36.

The first features a palm motif that is inspired by tropical forests; and the design immediately brings to mind a summer vacation that all of us could use.

It looks most natural in olive green but for those who prefer something a little more unusual, the pattern is also executed in gold and silver.

The colours are derived from age-old materials such as copper, zinc, nickel, chromium, titanium and silicon; and developed with cutting edge technology to create deep, vibrant metallic hues.

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Those shades of green, gold and silver are used again in the second fluted motif that is also found on the Datejust 36.

If you think that design looks familiar, you are not imagining things because it takes after the same geometric pattern used to decorate Rolex boutiques.

The fluted motif is available in an additional fourth shade of blue; and like the palm motif, it is engraved on a sunray-finished dial base using a high-tech femtosecond laser.

Last but not least, the Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona is now available with a meteorite dial that can be found only on the 18ct yellow, white or Everose gold models.

The material comes from siderite - an iron and nickel mineral found mostly in deserts - and the Widmanstatten patterns found on it are formed naturally as the heart of an asteroid is cooled slowly by a few degrees Celsius while journeying through the cosmos.

That is a process that can take millions of years and the unique crystallisation patterns are impossible to recreate on Earth.

The selection process undertaken by Rolex follows a very strict aesthetic criteria to ensure every meteorite dial is truly one of a kind.

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