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The brand’s precision and exacting standards extend to its jewelled timepieces.

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The brand’s precision and exacting standards extend to its jewelled timepieces. Only Internally Flawless diamonds are used, and aesthetic and technical requirements are balanced. 

Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master 37

Made for sailors, the sporty Yacht-Master comes in an 18K Everose gold case, a diamondpaved dial, and the brand’s patented Oysterflex bracelet – a durable high performance elastomer strap. The watch also has a bidirectional rotatable 60-minute bezel, and luminous Chromalight hands and hour markers.


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"Case and bracelet engineers are consulted to study the placement of the stones to determine the exact amount of gold or platinum needed to hold each stone in place."

Oyster Perpetual Datejust 31

The latest gen – launched at this year’s Baselworld with redesigned case sides and lugs – comes in 18K yellow, white or, as shown here, Everose gold, which has a diamondpaved dial inlaid with pink mother of-pearl butterflies, and a bezel set with 262 diamonds. The bracelet is fitted with ceramic inserts inside the links to enhance its flexibility and longevity, and has a concealed folding Crownclasp.
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"All the stones are individually set. The process requires just the right angle for optimal positioning and applying the right amount of force to push the surrounding metal to fix the stones securely. This can be repeated up to 3,000 times on some diamondpaved dials."

Oyster Perpetual Pearlmaster 34

Shaped like the Datejust, the Pearlmaster is the former’s shinier cousin with a broader bezel made for larger stones and Rolex’s distinctive Cyclops lens that magnifies the date display. Dials here are available in a wide range of colours and materials, including diamond-paved and mother-of pearl versions. The watch’s solid gold bracelet with rounded five-piece links was created for the launch of the Pearlmaster in 1992.
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Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 40

Available only in precious metals, the Day-Date is Rolex’s most prestigious watch in the Oyster collection, having been worn by presidents, leaders and visionaries over the decades since its launch. It was also the first calendar wristwatch to show the day of the week (spelt out in full) – a feat in the ’50s. This 18K white gold model features a diamond-set bezel that frames a diamondpaved dial, for which gem-setters patiently set each stone individually to achieve a perfect harmony of colours and reflections.