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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 …

SUPERLATIVE CHRONOGRAPH

The Cosmograph Daytona’s 4130 chronograph movement, entirely designed and manufactured by Rolex, is a distillation of the brand’s innovations and know-how. With its performance, precision and reliability, this marvel of technology has set a new standard for self-winding chronographs.<p>The Cosmograph …

CARTE BLANCHE

In the first of a series, a young gifted artist-photographer was invited to present his visual portrayal of the iconic Cosmograph Daytona and its original nexus with the universe of motor sport.<p>For both the sport and the timepiece, precision, technology and innovation are paramount.<p><b>Régis …

THE LEGEND

Whether it refers to the city in Florida – the birthplace of speed – the eponymous racing circuit and the endurance race held there today, or the emblematic Rolex chronograph dedicated to racing drivers, the name Daytona tells the story of a passion for motor racing. It is at the heart of a legend …

MEREDITH MICHAELS-BEERBAUM

Originally from the United States, Rolex Testimonee Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum defied the odds as a female rider competing in Europe. From her stables in Germany, she reflects on her extraordinary rise to become one of the greatest show jumpers in the world.<p>The first woman showjumper to be ranked …

IDEAS WITH IMPACT 18 MINUTES AT A TIME

TED has become a juggernaut as a platform for inspiring people. It is no accident that it has been shaped by entrepreneur Chris Anderson, who is liberating ideas and watching, fascinated, as they impact lives all over the world – including his own.<p>The New York headquarters of TED has the collegial …

Broadening imaginary horizons

For Indian film director Chaitanya Tamhane, learning about film-making was, at first, a matter of doing it himself. Having never been to film school, and not having worked even as an assistant on anyone else’s films, he made <i>Six Strands</i>, a short film about the Darjeeling tea industry that won him …

MASTERING PRESSURE

The new version of the Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller perpetuates the heritage of the ultra-resistant professional divers’ watch designed by Rolex exactly 50 years ago, in 1967, to accompany deep-sea diving pioneers on the underwater missions and living experiments taking place at the time.<p>The …

AN OCEAN OF HOPE

Marine biologist Sylvia Earle, a Rolex Testimonee since 1982, has been a pioneer of ocean exploration for more than four decades. Her mission has always been to explore, study and protect the planet's oceans. Now, with her initiative Mission Blue, she is igniting public support to safeguard marine …

CALIBRE 3235

When Rolex redefines what a high-performance mechanical movement can do, the result is calibre 3235, the avant-garde watchmaking engine that powers the new Datejust 41 models. Incorporating 14 patents, calibre 3235 – together with calibre 3255 found in the Day-Date 40 – embodies the brand's new …

James Cameron

James Cameron represents the pinnacle of film-making. His film <i>Titanic</i> won 11 Oscars, tying for the most awards ever, and <i>Avatar</i> holds the record as the highest-grossing film in history. Cameron selects his projects carefully, accepting the challenge only when he knows he can push the limits of what …

THE MYTHICAL RED AND BLUE CERACHROM BEZEL INSERT

How Rolex achieved the impossible.<p>Some things do not exist for a very simple reason: they are considered impossible to create. That is what was said about two-colour ceramic. No one had managed to discover a way of manufacturing a watch component in high-technology ceramic with bulk colouring in …

AN OYSTER OF THE SKIES

The GMT-Master II takes pride in its status as the pilot’s watch. Precise, reliable and functional, it was designed to show the time in two different time zones simultaneously during intercontinental flights.<p>The current models are infused with Rolex technology while remaining faithful to the style …

PLATINUM MEETS DAYTONA

For its 50th anniversary, the Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona has donned the noblest of precious metals. Connoisseurs will see it immediately: the ice blue dial chosen for the Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona presented in 2013 with the chestnut brown Cerachrom bezel, is the unmistakable mark …

Minds on Ice

One characteristic shared by the best explorers and mountaineers is their fantastic physical shape. Yet every bit as vital in the make-up of the modern-day explorer is the mental acumen it takes to probe – and survive – the coldest places on Earth. In this article, five cutting-edge adventurers …

Ten new Laureates receive awards in 40th anniversary year

Four visionary women and six men – from nine countries have won Rolex Awards for Enterprise, presented in Los Angeles on 15 November.<p>The 2016 winners include a polar scientist, a robotic suit designer and an eye specialist who wants to save millions of people from going blind. Other winners have …

Rolex celebrates 40 years of the Awards for Enterprise

Forty years ago, in September 1976, Rolex made history by announcing one of the world’s first major corporate awards programmes, the Rolex Awards for Enterprise, which support exceptional individuals with the passion and commitment to improve life on the planet.<p>Launched by then Rolex CEO André …

JOURNEYS IN DEEP TIME AND SPACE

Dense forest blankets the remote table-top mountains of Amazonia, which are riddled with unexplored caves. For speleologist Francesco Sauro, a 2014 Rolex Awards for Enterprise Laureate, they are fertile territory for scientific discoveries that can shed light on the origins of life and its …

THE ART AND SCIENCE OF SHEEN

Polishing is one of the most telling stages in the making of a Rolex watch, providing the metal surfaces with their perfect final lustre and smoothness. Despite the advent of automated technology, the process remains steeped in a highly skilled craft, combining a deft touch with calculated …

90 YEARS OF PERPETUAL INNOVATION

Rolex is celebrating, in 2016, 90 years of the Oyster, the first waterproof and dustproof wristwatch in the world. It was an innovation that transformed watch design forever. Today, Rolex has reinforced the performance criteria that qualify Oyster watches as Superlative Chronometers, with the …

ICE AND FIRE

For half a century, Nautor’s Swan has built some of the world’s most revered yachts in the heart of Finland’s historic boatbuilding country on the Gulf of Bothnia. From small beginnings, it now combines the best of Finnish and Italian craft to live up to its founder’s maxim: elegance, performance …

THE GOODWOOD REVIVAL

The world’s most popular historic race meeting provides a unique opportunity to leave the modern world behind.<p>Located in the bucolic South Downs in West Sussex, England, the Goodwood Estate has been the historic seat of the Dukes of Richmond for more than 350 years. Motor sport has formed an …

THE SOURCE OF EXCELLENCE

Because the choice of materials is essential in manufacturing an exceptional product, Rolex rigorously selects the steel, gold and platinum for its Yacht-Master models, in order to guarantee high performance and impeccable aesthetics. The Yacht-Master and Yacht-Master II are the only Rolex watches …

A WATERTIGHT CROWN

The Twinlock, then Triplock, winding crowns, invented by Rolex, reinforced the Submariner’s waterproofness by screwing down against the case, providing watertight security akin to a submarine’s hatch.<p>As the winding crown is gently pressed in and turned, the thread engages. After just another few …

A Watch Like Me

James Cameron tells the story of the passion for diving that turned the legendary watch into his inseparable companion. He shares extraordinary adventures few have ever seen — from exploring the deepest ocean to conquering the heights of Hollywood.<p>The Submariner is far from just a timepiece. It’s a …

WEST SIDE STORY revisited by CECILIA BARTOLI

Inspired by artistic passion and a determination to explore new territories, the famous soprano and Rolex Testimonee Cecilia Bartoli has staged a new production of Leonard Bernstein’s <i>West Side Story</i>, a work which has always been dear to her heart. Gustavo Dudamel is the conductor with his Simón …

DESIGN

The arc-shaped window at 12 o’clock on the dial, indicating the day of the week in full, is the hallmark of the Oyster Perpetual Day-Date's visual identity. In a single stroke, it encapsulates the quintessence of this model, created in 1956, which has become a symbol of excellence and prestige.<p>The …