On our Monochrome-Watch blog, we recently wrote about the Rolex sports watches we would like to see at Baselworld 2015. We also showed you how ceramic bezels might look on a Rolex Daytona, and what could be the future editions of the Rolex GMT Master II, with a “Coke” bezel insert or a “Root Beer” design. Now we move on to dress watches. Last year, Rolex introduced a new collection of Cellini watches, and this year there is something special due for the iconic Datejust. Just like we did in 2014, here are our predictions for the dress watches we would like to see Rolex introduce at Baselworld 2015.
Rolex Cellini Annual Calendar and Moon-Phase
The Cellini range had always been sort of an “ugly duckling” within the Rolex collection. We never had any attraction for these rather odd, not-so-very-elegant dress watches that seem to be disconnected from the rest of the watches manufactured by Rolex. This changed last year, when Rolex introduced a truly inspired collection of Cellini watches, with round cases, finely fluted bezels, guilloché dials and interesting complications – a time-only edition, a date edition and a dual-time edition. Nevertheless, the Rolex Cellini collection, for want of a better expression, are simple watches and even if Rolex is not known for creating extremely advanced watches (such as perpetual calendars and tourbillons), the company has a movement that could easily fit a dress watch, with an intelligent annual calendar mechanism, that is already powering the Rolex Sky-Dweller.
So for the Baselworld 2015 collection, we imagined a Rolex Cellini Annual Calendar, using the same twelve windows to indicate the month and the date subdial of the actual Rolex Cellini Date. It would keep the same 39-mm case and the same fluted bezel. What we would like to see, though, is a moon-phase indicator, a quite useless but poetic complication that could complement the elegance of the guilloché dial. We discreetly inserted it into the date subdial at 3 o’clock. To distinguish it from the Sky-Dweller, we removed the second time-zone indicator. This watch would be an interesting offering from Rolex that could please collectors demanding complications. The price of such a watch would be around 27,000 euros.