A l'Emeraude Rolex Green, Emerald Green
Green dials have been very popular this year. Rolex is no exception to the trend, and its new Oyster Perpetual is likely to go down very well at A L’Emeraude!
This year, Rolex unveiled a new generation of the Oyster Perpetual – an iconic range of watches that are highly sought-after by collectors. Rolex is wagering that these models can be successfully enlarged without jeopardising their historic legacy.
The company with the crown has made a significant aesthetic departure, producing a whole host of new creations in bright colours – candy pink, turquoise blue, coral red and green, in versions with diameters of 31 mm, 36 mm and 41 mm (with the exception of candy pink). The range of colours and diameters is particularly broad this year; as of 2020, Rolex has 190 active references in its catalogue.
Oyster Perpetual 41mm © Rolex
Multiple improvements to the 2020 vintage
The Oyster Perpetual is one of the ranges that has received the most updates in 2020. It’s the iconic collection on which Rolex built a considerable portion of its reputation. The Oyster Perpetual is water resistant to 100 metres; it features a “Perpetual” rotor, a domed bezel and an Oyster bracelet which now sports an invisible clasp. The bracelet also comes with a new “Easylink” extension link, which offers up to 5 mm of adjustment. Rolex has also equipped the watch with an exclusive luminescent material first introduced in 2008, Chromalight, which lasts twice as long as the usual alternatives. In the green-toned model presented here, it glows a soft blue, which perfectly complements the dial colour.
An iconic watch, for him and for her
While some of the variants are targeted more towards women (the candy pink model is an obvious example), others, including the green, could easily be worn by either sex. This unisex approach is reinforced by the 41 mm diameter, which is equally suited to woman’s or a man’s wrist.
The choice of green for the dial is no accident. It’s the perfect androgynous hue. And, of course, it’s Rolex’s signature colour, the colour of the company emblem, as it sits beneath its golden crown. The green dial of the new Oyster Perpetual 41 is exactly the same green as the logo – making it the perfect act of allegiance for the most devoted collectors.
Oyster Perpetual 41mm © Yannick Nardin
A case that has nothing left to prove
The case possesses all the essential characteristics of an Oyster. Rolex uses its own Oystersteel for a number of elements on the watch exterior. This alloy, which was specially developed by Rolex, belongs to the 904L category of steels, which are primarily used in the high-tech, aerospace and chemistry fields where a high degree of corrosion resistance is necessary. Oystersteel is thus extremely strong; after polishing it produces a supremely high-quality finish, which doesn’t degrade even in the most hostile environments.
Attached to the case is the legendary Oyster bracelet. First introduced towards the end of the 1930s, the design with its three broad, flat links has proved to be both robust and comfortable. It remains the most popular bracelet in the Oyster collection, and is an integral part of its identity. For the Oyster Perpetual models, the Oyster bracelet comes with the Oysterclasp and the above-mentioned Easylink extension.
Superlative new calibre
Finally, the new Oyster Perpetual with its green dial is equipped with the 3230 calibre, a new movement developed and manufactured entirely by Rolex, which was unveiled this year. The automatic movement is crammed full of technology, and is the subject of a number of patent applications. It offers improvements in precision, autonomy, shock resistance, magnetic resistance, ease of use and reliability.
The calibre 3230 incorporates a Chronergy escapement, patented by Rolex, which combines high energy output with considerable operating security. It meets the Superlative Chronometer certification, redefined by Rolex in 2015, which guarantees that every watch that leaves the workshops has passed a series of tests conducted by Rolex in its own laboratories, according to its own criteria. These certification tests apply to the watch as a whole, after the movement has been cased up, which means that a certain level of performance in wear is guaranteed. The precision of a Rolex Superlative Chronometer is of the order of ±2 seconds per day, which is twice as good as the official chronometer standard. Superlative Chronometer status is certified by a special seal attached to each watch. A green seal, naturally.