Watchmakers like Rolex don’t often have crazy new novelties to present every year, and instead prefer to slowly roll out new versions of old favourites. This is one of those years, but applied to arguably the most exciting model the brand has introduced in years. Rolex fans will be pleased to learn that the mould-breaking Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller has three fresh editions: Everose gold (a patented alloy of copper, gold and platinum) with a sunray-finished Sundust dial, yellow gold with a sunray-finished silver dial and white gold with a black, satin-finished dial.
To refresh your memory on why you can never have too many Sky-Dwellers, the 2012 novelty drew interest for its presentation of the dual time zone and annual calendar, which was considered unusual by industry standards and downright radical by Rolex’s. A red arrow points to a cut-away rotating disc with a 24-hour scale, which serves as your reference time. The local time is told via the three main hands. Simple and straightforward – perfect for travellers.
But perhaps the most intriguing feature of this watch is its annual calendar – a Rolex first. While the date is visible under an aperture at 3 o’clock, the month is indicated by a blackened window above the corresponding hour numeral. To top it off, all these functions can be controlled with the bezel, known as the “Ring Command” system, making a fairly complicated watch painfully easy to use.