Watchmakers and collectors have been transfixed by the golden rainbow aesthetic of the newest version of the Daytona.
Baselworld has been and gone. But there’s one watch that still stands out, glimmering in the horologist’s mind’s eye like the North Star in a pitch-black night. This simile would work better if the North Star were coated in gold. And encrusted with gemstones of every imaginable hue.
It’s fair to say that Rolex’s latest Rainbow has left the horlogerie universe weak at the knees, longing to transport back to the moment when it got its first glimpse of the promised rainbow. For this one did have gold at the end of it: Everose gold.
The revered Swiss luxury watchmaker gave one of its most desired timepieces quite the glamorous update at this year’s Baselworld and is now available in 18k Everose gold.
So memorable was the unveiling of the timepiece with the golden touch, it’s worth revisiting with a close look at the detail.
The original 40mm Rainbow Daytona, released in 2012, has become one of the luxury watchmaker’s most desirable timepieces to own. Further, it is as popular with Rolex’s male client base as its women’s thanks to its unisex appeal — bling clearly has no gender.
The new version of the Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona is adorned with gemstones, including 36 baguette-cut sapphires in rainbow hues on the bezel that make it glimmer brighter than an ocean of multi-coloured diamonds.
Just to up the glitzy ante even further, the case is adorned with 56 brilliant-cut diamonds set into the lugs and crown guard. And if that wasn’t shiny enough, the dial features 11 baguette-cut sapphire hour markers, each of which matches the colour of the corresponding point on the bezel.
The chronograph counters are in pink gold crystals, a material with a particular shimmer effect, created during the crystallization of a pink gold alloy by means of a special process developed by Rolex.
The Cosmograph Daytona is equipped with calibre 413— a self-winding mechanical chronograph movement entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex. The movement incorporates a chronograph function with a reduced number of components, thereby enhancing the movement’s reliability.
The chronograph is engaged by a mechanism with a column wheel and vertical clutch, providing an instant start.
The oscillator, the true heart of the watch, has a blue Parachrom hairspring manufactured by Rolex in an exclusive paramagnetic alloy.
Insensitive to magnetic fields, the Parachrom hairspring offers great stability in the face of temperature variations and remains up to 10 times more precise than a traditional hairspring in case of shocks.
A Rolex overcoil ensures its regularity in any position. Calibre 4130 is equipped with a self-winding module via a perpetual rotor and offers a power reserve of approximately 72 hours.
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