Every year, Rolex’s new models become objects of desire. In 2022 the manufacture has reinvented its iconic watches to the delight of collectors.
After two years of virtual shows, the first in-person edition of Watches & Wonders took on a party atmosphere, with everyone thrilled to be back and able to touch the new models. The Rolex stand lived up to everybody’s expectations. The 2022 watches exude an air of optimism and innovation. The Swiss manufacture has enhanced the aesthetics and technologies of its iconic timepieces to the great delight of watch lovers.
It takes off with the GMT-Master II, the perfect watch for globetrotters since 1982. This year, the dual time zone timepiece has had a revolutionary makeover. The Cerachrom bezel insert comes in green and black, an original colour combination exclusive to this watch. And for the first time, the winding crown and date aperture of the GMT-Master II appear on the
left-hand side of the case; a small detail representing a major technical challenge. The new configuration required changes to be made to the process for measuring the watch’s precision during the final tests carried out as part of the Superlative Chronometer certification.
Another highlight of 2022 is the new Datejust, a shining example of Rolex’s dial-making expertise. The latest update of this classic model once again proves the manufacture’s ability to move with the times. The Datejust 31 features a floral motif that highlights the perpetual cycle of the seasons, and particularly the energy of spring. In the light, the dial springs to life with three different finishes – sunray, matt and grained. These textural effects are further enhanced by diamonds of varying sizes, which illuminate the centre of the corollas like morning dewdrops. Delicate and refined, this incredible watch is available with three different dial colours: azzurro blue, olive green and silver – a style for every taste.
Masters of materials
Colour is key for the Day-Date 40 in 950 platinum, now available with a fluted bezel, also in 950 platinum; an innovation that sets off the ice-blue dial, which in addition to the date at 3 o’clock, has a window for the day of the week spelt out in full at 12 o’clock. Also new for 2022 is a luminous yellow gold version of the Yacht-Master 42. The 18 ct alloy, developed and cast in the Rolex’s foundry in Plan-les-Ouates, Geneva, is incomparably robust, on land as at sea. Finally, for those who wish to shine, the Yacht-Master 40 has also been reinvented in white gold, complete with a colourful bezel set with diamonds and pink, light-blue, purple and dark-blue sapphires that echo the iridescent reflections of the sun on the water. For added shimmer, the case is enriched with 46 brilliant-cut diamonds. Like all Rolex watches, this model carries the Superlative Chronometer certification, guaranteeing excellent performance on the wrist.