In the world of sailing, Rolex has been the committed partner of the most prestigious yacht clubs, institutions and regattas, and the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yachtmaster has always been an object of desire, for its iconic design, its virtually indestructible build as well as the features it offers sailors. The watches are totally distinctive, with their bi-directional, rotatable bezel with a raised 60-minute graduation.
At Baselworld this year, Rolex introduced the iconic watch in a 42mm version. The Yacht-Master 42 is fitted with a Cerachrom insert in matte black ceramic, which complements its black lacquer dial. It is hewed from 18 carats white gold, the first time that this precious metal has been used on a Yacht-Master. The light reflections on the case sides and lugs highlight the profile of the Oyster case. The Yacht-Master 42 offers exceptional legibility in all circumstances, especially in the dark, because of its Chromalight display.
The broad hands and hour markers are filled with a luminescent material, emitting a long-lasting glow. This new model is equipped with calibre 3235 – at the forefront of watchmaking technology – a first for the Yacht-Master range. Like all Rolex watches, the Yacht-Master 42 carries the Superlative Chronometer certification, which ensures excellent performance on the wrist.
The watch is fitted with an Oysterflex bracelet, which combines the robustness and reliability of a metal bracelet with the flexibility, comfort and aesthetics of an elastomer strap. Developed and patented by Rolex, this innovative bracelet is made up of flexible metal blades manufactured from a titanium and nickel alloy. The blades are overmoulded with black high-performance elastomer, a material that is resistant to environmental effects and very durable. For enhanced comfort, the inside of the Oysterflex bracelet is equipped with longitudinal cushions that stabilize the watch on the wrist. The bracelet on this new model is equipped with an Oysterlock folding safety clasp in 18-carat white gold, which prevents accidental opening.