In 2022, Rolex adds a delightful iteration of pink opal to its Oyster Perpetual Lady-Datejust collection. The new 28 mm timepiece comes in an 18 ct white gold case and bracelet, a bezel set with 44 brilliant-cut diamonds and a dial in a subtle pink shade of opal.
Designed for slender wrists, the Oyster Perpetual Lady-Datejust collection in 28 mm offers the most options for women, with the same standard of excellence as all the models that have built its legend.
It is available in Oystersteel, 18 ct yellow, white or Everose gold, or in Rolesor versions combining Oystersteel and one of the three varieties of gold (white, yellow and Everose). For those who prefer timepieces adorned with precious stones, the Lady-Datejust is available in a myriad of combinations of set bezel and diamond-paved dial.
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A mastery of the manufacture of dials
To create an elegant dial from this gemstone, the opal must be cut into a very thin sheet, requiring careful care. The dial is distinctive of the watch, one of its most important components, and is extremely complicated to manufacture.
The dial is the part of the watch that its owner looks at throughout the day to measure the time. Given the constant scrutiny it is under, there is no room for the slightest imperfection. Instead, it must constantly delight the wearer, hour after hour, day after day, no matter how many times they have looked at it.
Rolex is renowned for creating dials that burst with life as light catches their surface, reflecting the personality of the wearer. Beyond beauty, the dial of course serves a functional purpose, and the challenge for dial designers and manufacturers is to ensure that the dial will fit all watch functions – which could include the hour, minute, day, date, moon phase, seconds and other indications. of time — in a small space, while maintaining precise standards of readability.
The creation of dials in-house distinguishes an exceptional watchmaker, because this know-how requires the combination of various skills, including the eye and the prowess of an artist, the mastery of cutting-edge technologies, as well as the dexterity of a fine gemologist.
Rolex is one of the few watchmaking houses to master all aspects of dial creation in-house, with the multifaceted know-how necessary to create dials from A to Z, from design to production.
Unequaled gemology and setting
The magic behind the Rolex gem-set models that sparkle with exceptional intensity lies in the strict principles to which they adhere. To adorn its timepieces with the most dazzling stones, the brand has its own gemologists and gem-setters.
Rolex is known for its attention to detail and impeccable quality control in all areas, and nowhere are these attributes more evident than in the company’s approach to exacting standards and impeccable gem setting.
Rolex only uses diamonds in the best grades of the Gemological Institute of America (“GIA”) color chart, in the D through G color ranges, which are the most colorless and the highest grades on the diamond color scale. diamonds.
Demonstrating Rolex mastery of gem-setting, the Lady-Datejust in pink opal features nine diamonds as hour markers and a diamond-set Roman numeral IX. Setting each of these diamonds involves drilling intricate holes in the delicate opal dial, with the ever-present risk of it cracking and the whole process having to be repeated.
Appliques such as the Rolex crown, Arabic or Roman numerals, classic or professional indexes cut in 18 ct gold with geometric shapes or precious stones in settings are also among the options available in the Lady-Datejust collection.
The simple setting of the 44 brilliant-cut diamonds adorning the bezel is a meticulous and time-consuming process. With movements as precise as watchmakers, the setter takes a diamond and places it in a groove in the bezel. If the gem is a fraction of a millimeter too high, he removes it, then takes an infinitesimal chip of metal from the cavity with a chisel. The stone is then reset and the entire ritual is repeated as necessary, until each of the 44 gems are all seated at a height no more than 2 hundredths of a millimeter apart from each other.
Eventually, when the setter is satisfied that the jewelry is evenly seated, he carefully pushes the surrounding metal into place so that it gently but firmly embraces the gemstones. The setting is then polished to highlight the intense shine of each stone.
Internal certification of the movement and the superlative chronometer
All current Lady-Datejust watches are powered by the caliber 2236 movement, which features a Syloxi hairspring, patented and produced by Rolex.
This silicon hairspring remains up to 10 times more precise than a traditional hairspring in the event of shocks, and its patented geometry ensures the regularity of the caliber in all positions. The movement, which has obtained Superlative Chronometer certification, guarantees exceptional precision almost unheard of in small wristwatches.
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Designed for the discerning woman who represents elegance with precision, grace with resilience and beauty with performance, the Lady-Datejust is a perfect alchemy of form and function and remains the ultimate classic watch for women across generations.