Rolex Introduces New Yacht-Master
Baselworld 2015 is in full swing and while it will be hard to top TAG Heuer’s groundbreaking announcement of a collaboration with two tech giants to produce a luxury smartwatch, there are still surprises to come in the form of new designs from old favorites.
Rolex is a name best known for classic timepieces that withstand the test of time but the watchmaker took a bit of a walk on the wild side with the introduction of a new version of the iconic Yacht-Master model. The latest Rolex Yacht-Master is a stunning black-and-gold version that will be available in both 37mm and 40mm sizes.
The case and matching safety clasp are crafted from Rolex’s patented Everose gold, an alloy made from gold, copper and platinum. In contrast to the shining Everose gold, the rest of the Yacht-Master wears basic black from the matte black dial to the “Oysterflex” bracelet.
Standing out from the black dial are a Cerachrom ceramic insert with polished black numerals, luminous Chromalight-treated hands and hour markers. That black Osyterflex bracelet may look like a standard rubber strap but it comes equipped with what Rolex calls a “longitudinal cushion” system that combines the stability of a bracelet with the comfort of a strap.
Mechanical automatic movements power both sizes of the Rolex Oyster Yacht Master, the Caliber 3135 for the 40mm model and the Caliber 2236 for the 37mm version. The case is water-resistant to 300 meters or 330 feet.
The Rolex Oyster Yacht Master is expected to be in stores by this summer. The Yacht-Master 37 has a price tag of $22,000 while the Yacht-Master 40 will go for $24,950.