How Rolex made complexity elegantly simple
"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."
This aphorism, attributed to Leonardo da Vinci, captures the essence of the Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller, a model that remains simple to use despite its sophisticated watchmaking technology. This classically attractive watch designed for global travellers offers particularly useful functions: a dual time zone, an annual calendar that automatically differentiates between 30- and 31-day months, and a simplified interface to set the watch’s functions via a rotatable bezel.
At Baselworld 2014, Rolex is presenting three new versions of the Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller. In 18 ct yellow, white and Everose gold in a 42 mm case, they expand the existing collection by introducing new exclusive dials combined with new combinations of bracelets and leather straps.
The Sky-Dweller provides a comprehensive demonstration of Rolex technology, backed by a total of 14 patents in the fundamental areas of reliability, precision, ergonomics and waterproofness.
As simple as 1-2-3
Setting the reference time
Turn the Ring Command bezel to position 3. The seconds hand is stopped to allow precise time setting.
Turn the winding crown to set the hour on the 24-hour disc and the minutes indicated by the centre minute hand.
Setting the local time
Turn the Ring Command bezel to position 2.
Turn the winding crown to set the local time with the jumping hour hand.
Setting the month and the date
Turn the Ring Command bezel to position 1.
Turn the winding crown in either direction to set the current month, indicated in a contrasting aperture on the dial (January at 1 o’clock, February at 2 o’clock, etc.), by cycling through the dates and months. Then continue turning the winding crown until the correct date appears in the aperture at 3 o'clock.