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CHALLENGING THE ABYSS

Two experimental Rolex watches accompanied explorers to conquer the deepest part of the ocean some 11 kilometres (6.8 miles) below sea level, the Deep Sea Special (right) in 1960 and the Rolex Deepsea Challenge (left) in 2012. Despite the enormous pressure, both watches returned in perfect working …

INTO THE DEEPEST OF THE SEAS

The last trickle of light from the surface disappears into the abyss. This is the underwater twilight zone, where deep blue fades to pitch black and the ocean sinks into a realm less known to man than the surface of the moon. Beyond the twilight zone lies the deep ocean, starting at 1,000 metres …

OYSTERSTEEL

A Rolex watch must work perfectly and maintain its beauty even in the harshest environments. That is why Rolex uses Oystersteel for its steel watches, a steel superalloy specific to the brand. Oystersteel belongs to the 904L steel family, which is particularly resistant to corrosion and acquires an …

Rethinking the best use of space

Rolex is contributing to architectural progress through its support for the International Architecture Exhibition as exclusive Partner and Timepiece for the third time since 2014. This year the company’s participation is being celebrated with an inspired new pavilion.<p>For six months every two years, …

CALIBRE 2236

For its new-generation 2236 movement designed for its women’s watches, Rolex developed the Syloxi hairspring, a patented silicon “heart”. It offers excellent chronometric performance thanks to the integration of innovative technical solutions.<p>A mechanical jewel, calibre 2236 is the latest Rolex …

AN ICONIC WATCH

Rolex is introducing the new generation of the Oyster Perpetual Datejust 31, with redesigned case sides and lugs. In 18 ct white, yellow or Everose gold, the new versions are equipped with calibre 2236, at the forefront of watchmaking technology.<p>Amongst the many combinations available, one, in 18 …

THE ULTIMATE WATCH OF PRESTIGE

Available only in precious metals, the Oyster Perpetual Day-Date is the most prestigious and exclusive watch in the Oyster collection and has always represented the summit of the Rolex art of watchmaking. At its launch in 1956, the Day-Date marked a world first: it was the first calendar wristwatch …

A MIRACLE AT MIDNIGHT

The Day-Date’s instantaneous jump calendar represented a spectacular innovation at its launch in 1956 and a world first for watch displays.<p>With the day of the week spelt out in full, alongside the usual date indication, which both change simultaneously in a fraction of a second at the stroke of …

ROLEX CERAMIC

INTENSE, RESISTANT, DURABLE<p>Mastering the use of ceramic has enabled Rolex to equip its watches with cutting-edge ceramic bezel inserts and monobloc bezels. This expertise, the result of applied internal research, and the creation of a manufacturing process unique to Rolex, heralded the beginning of …

Baselworld 2018

This year, the GMT-Master II is unveiled with a brand new movement and a distinctive new image. The Datejust 36 and the Datejust 31 are offered with a large selection of new dials and a redesigned case, while the Cosmograph Daytona in 18ct Everose gold is paired with sapphires and diamonds. The …

FOUR EXCEPTIONAL STORYTELLERS

Rolex supports those who achieve the highest level in their field, be it in sport, or in cinema and the arts. Kathryn Bigelow, James Cameron, Alejandro G. Iñárritu and Martin Scorsese are masters of their craft, whose films stand the test of time. As directors they recognize the importance of …

A mentoring milestone

Berliners, major artists and cultural luminaries from across the world were given a rare opportunity to observe great artists of the present and the future together in a series of world premieres, performances, exhibitions and discussions at leading arts venues in Berlin – all part of the Rolex …

SKY-DWELLER FUNCTIONS

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” The aphorism, attributed to Leonardo da Vinci, captures the essence of the Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller.<p>This classically attractive watch designed for global travellers is distinctive thanks to its revolutionary design, one that blends to perfection …

Rod Laver

Australian tennis legend Rod Laver is considered one of the best players of all time. Ranked No. 1 from 1964 to 1970, he witnessed the sport’s greatest evolution from amateur tennis to professional with the start of the Open Era. Known for his speed, agility and competitive spirit, Laver has earned …

A new perspective

David Hockney’s work is being celebrated in a major retrospective. His former protégé and kindred spirit Matthias Weischer receives a personal tour.<p>David Hockney walks into the top floor gallery at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, smiling with pride and pleasure. He waves his arms expansively …

FROM ACROSS THE SOLAR SYSTEM

Meteorites crossed hundreds of millions of miles to reach Earth – by chance. Rolex integrates metallic material taken from meteorites into some of its watches – by design.<p>IRON FROM A METEOR<p>The origins of the “iron meteorites” incorporated into the dial of a select number of Rolex watches could not …

FESTIVE SELECTION

For the festive season, Rolex proposes a special selection of refined and precious watches. This collection illustrates the array of timepieces available, and shows that each watch is made up of hundreds of delicate components that are created with extreme care. From shimmering precious materials …

Explorer of the Year

Renowned photojournalist Brian Skerry has spent more than 10,000 hours underwater over the course of his 30-year career. Growing up in Massachusetts, he was drawn to the ocean and all its mystery, never imagining that one day he would land his dream job and that it would be underwater. With …

AN ICONIC, HIGH-ALTITUDE COMPANION

Launched in 1953 as the ultimate expedition and mountaineering watch, the Explorer draws on decades of experience of Rolex in the Himalayas, culminating with the conquest of mount Everest that very year by an expedition equipped with Rolex Oyster Perpetual chronometers.<p>When you climb to the kind of …

UNDER THE MELTING ICE

A century after the conquest of the North Pole, team Deepsea Under the Pole took on a new dimension – depth. Deepsea Under the Pole by Rolex was a pioneering expedition undertaken in 2010 to learn more about the submerged side of the Arctic. During a combination of ski trekking and scuba diving in …

ROLEX AND THE UNDERWATER WORLD

Rolex has played a pioneering role in the development of divers’ watches and been present in pioneering ocean exploration with models at the forefront of watchmaking technology. From the first 100 metres down to the deepest part of the oceans, Rolex watches have always been present, meeting divers’ …

LOOKING BACK TO SHAPE THE FUTURE

World famous architect Lord Norman Foster has built his career on the same principles he has applied to his building design: think big, embrace change and foresee the future.<p>Over the last half century, Lord Foster has carved out a global reputation for himself as an innovative and highly prolific …

A Leading lady

Rolex has played a role in some of the most iconic movies ever made. Its watches have been part of cinematic storytelling for decades, on the wrists of those who create magic on screen. The brand found a natural partner in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which exemplifies the …

FIVE PATHS TO GLORY

Women’s golf has never enjoyed such prominence. Rolex was an early partner, having supported the professional tour since 1980, before it gained a wider audience. At the forefront of this relationship are the five Major championships, along with an exciting band of champions making their mark on the …

A NATURAL AFFINITY FOR YACHTING

For decades, Rolex has forged an exclusive relationship with the very core of yachting: select clubs, such as the Royal Yacht Squadron, the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and the Royal Malta Yacht Club, which uphold the finest sailing traditions in exceptional locations.<p>Rolex is partnered with the …

A CONSERVATION PHILOSOPHY SPREADS GLOBALLY

A Rolex Award has given a Bolivian biologist opportunities to spread her conservation philosophy – one that focuses on inspiring local people to save their own environment – to other countries.<p>When Bolivian biologist Erika Cuéllar won a Rolex Award in 2012 for her conservation work in the Gran …

THE YACHT-MASTER II IN ACTION

The starting procedure of a regatta generally unfolds in three stages, marked by sound and visual signals.<p>This preparatory phase, which can be decisive for victory, lasts from 5 to 10 minutes according to the type of regatta. With programming and on-the-fly synchronization functions unique in a …

A WATCH WITH UNIQUE FUNCTIONS

The Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master II brings together the finest in Rolex technology to create a watch built for yachting competition and performance.<p>Launched in 2007, this innovative regatta chronograph appeals to experienced sailors and enthusiasts alike. With its unique programmable countdown …

ROLEX FASTNET RACE

Rolex is proud to be the trusted partner of leading events like the Rolex Fastnet.<p>NATURAL PARTNERSHIP<p>This challenging endeavour brings together the very best of professional and Corinthian competitors, as well as influential yacht clubs such as the Royal Ocean Racing Club and the Royal Yacht …

An English garden meets world-leading technology

Wimbledon’s motto is “the pursuit of greatness”. Ever since it was founded in 1877, the world’s oldest tennis tournament has lived up to this motto by striving to maintain a delicate balance. It sticks to what makes it great and unique, such as its grass courts, and also seeks to stay ahead of the …