Rolex Sky-Dweller - new at Baselworld 2012 Featured

A new model, new movement, and a new complication, the annual calendar
by 12 March 2012

At Baselworld 2012, Rolex unusually introduced something very new, a complete new product family titled Sky-Dweller, which includes some interesting and original functions. The first thing that strikes the eye is the asymmetric 24-hour disc below the centre of the dial. This shows 24-hour time, the disc rotating with respect to the white and red arrow right above it. A second time zone can be set by using a quick adjustment of the hour hand. The annual calendar consists of the date number in a box at the 3 o'clock position, with months that are cleverly indicated by rectangular boxes just outside the roman hour numerals. One of the windows shows black in correspondence to the month. The calendar only has to be manually adjusted at the end of February. Rolex call this their "SAROS" complication.

All this is operated using the Ring Command bezel, which is used to adjust date, local time, or another reference time. The watch is powered by a new movement, the 9001 automatic movement manufactured in-house by Rolex. It is would by a bidirectional, self-winding system with the Perpetual rotor. It has a three-day power reserve. The oscillator features the Rolex paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring and the high-performance Paraflex shock absorbers.

The model is currently available in three gold versions, 18-carat yellow, white or everose gold. The corresponding dial finishes are champagne sunray, ivory satin or the darker chocolate sunray. Two-tone and steel versions will be released later. The bracelet types include the Oyster three-piece solid links version, and the brown alligator leather strap. The watch is proofed to 100 metres water resistance.

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