OF COGS AND COROLLAS
A Datejust that dares
A subtle nod to the beauty of mechanical perfection, the floral motif of
the Rolesor Datejust 36 mm unveiled in 2009 is poised on that fine line between the horological and the natural world. While delicate in appearance, this symphony of style and technology in four tones requires nothing less than state-of-the-art resources at the Chêne-Bourg site. Delight in an unprecedented and symbolic flight of fancy.
Pink, green, bronze, gold or silver, the floral motifs that have adorned
the dials of the Datejust 36 mm since 2009 are resolutely feminine.
The intriguing shape of the corollas is no accident. The delicate petals are none other than the cogs of a mechanical watch movement.
These dials are a poetic reminder of the very essence of a Rolex watch – reliable and precise time-keeping.
MOTHER OF PEARL
An enchanting kaleidoscope
Mother-of-pearl is by its nature full of mystery and surprises. Depending on its origin, it can be pink, white, black or yellow and, according to the part of the shell from which it is extracted, it can differ in colour intensity and structure. In different lights it can evoke a stormy sky, a clear moon, iridescent reflections in water.
At Rolex, the mother-of-pearl is never artificially coloured. A lot of work
and skill goes into simply enhancing its natural beauty and preserving
the original hues. All mother-of-pearl dials are unique pieces. An identical dial will never grace another wrist.
TEATIME IN ROMAN TIMES
Did you know?
Much of a watch’s character can be attributed to the host of details on the dial... colour, gems, hour markers, numerals – Arabic or Roman, all so familiar to us. But how many people are conscious of a special feature of the Roman numeral appliques on a Rolex dial?
The use of IIII rather than IV is known as the clockmaker’s four, and no single, definitive reason for its use can be found. One thing is certain: it is far from being a recent convention. The notation IIII was used by the Ancient Egyptians, the Greeks, and later the Etruscans, from whom the Romans adopted it.
In fact, it was not until the late Middle Ages that IV came into use – and when the first mechanical clocks were made, between the 13th and early 14th century, IIII was still in common use. The fact that it remains so today is often thought to be due to the wonderful balance it brings to the dial. After all, should modernity ever be allowed to interfere with perfection?