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Rolex: These are the spectacular innovations for 2021 at a glance

The Swiss watch company surprises with an Explorer in two colors, a Daytona with a dial made of meteorite rock, a new Datejust and a Day-Date set with diamonds.

For Rolex it is almost like a revolution: the traditional Swiss brand presented its new watches for 2021 at the digital trade fair Watches and Wonders – and for a company like Rolex, which normally only revises its models extremely carefully, some spectacular innovations were included.

The overview of the most important releases:

Rolex Explorer

The new Rolex Explorer is slightly smaller again with a diameter of 36 millimeters – and thus corresponds to the size of the original model from 1953. The most striking feature: The watch now comes in two-tone with stainless steel and Rolesor yellow (a mix of stainless steel Oystersteel and 18-carat yellow gold). The caliber 3230 ticks inside it, the dial is painted black. Thanks to the new Chromalight display, the watch should glow for a particularly long time, according to Rolex. Price: 10,100 euros.

Rolex Explorer II

The Rolex Explorer II, on the other hand, has been redesigned a little more carefully. The clock is available in two versions: one with a white, one with a black dial. The case and bracelet have been slightly modernized and optimized, and the new Chromalight display is also used here. The caliber 3285 with a power reserve of 70 hours is used. The bracelet has an Oysterlock safety folding clasp, diameter of the watch: 42 mm. The price: 7,950 euros.

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona

The Daytona has been Rolex’s hype piece for several years. And that shouldn’t change anytime soon with the new model. There are three new versions – in white gold, yellow gold and Everose gold. The white gold model shown here comes on an Oysterflex bracelet, the other two on an Oyster bracelet. All three have in common the dial made of a metal meteorite dial – a “rare natural material from outer space” according to Rolex, plus three contrasting subdials.

Rolex writes: “During their interplanetary flight, the fragments of this extraterrestrial natural material – consisting mainly of iron and nickel – only cool down by a few degrees Celsius in a million years, which causes the formation of unique crystal structures that are unique in their nature cannot be reproduced on earth. The rare and difficult-to-work metal meteorite is cut into thin slices before, after a chemical treatment, it reveals the full beauty of its internal structure, which is reminiscent of interlocking splinters. “

This makes every Daytona unique. In the white gold version, the bezel is made of black ceramic, in the other two versions it is made of metal. The caliber: 4130. The price: 31,850 euros in white gold, 38,800 euros in yellow gold and 40,900 euros in rose gold.

Rolex Datejust 36

Like the Daytona, the Datejust models in 36 millimeters also come with strikingly redesigned dials. Most noticeable: the green palm pattern shown here. There is also the so-called “fluted pattern” that picks up on the characteristic, fluted Rolex bezel on the dial. The caliber 3235 is ticking in the watches. The watches come on Oyster or Jubilee straps, the dials are green in gold or optionally in silver. Price: from 6,550 euros.

Day-Date 36 with diamonds

The new, diamond-studded Day-Date 36 shows what it has: The case is adorned with 254 diamonds, the bezel 52 and another 450 of the gemstones are added on the dial. The watch is available in yellow, white and Everose gold, each with a matching alligator shiny leather strap. The built-in caliber is a 3255.

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