Baselworld is a professional trade show dedicated to the gems and jewelry sector of Switzerland. This years show drew considerable attention when on the first day Rolex unveiled the new Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller. This particular version of the Oyster Perpetual is an aesthetic departure for Rolex and the brands first new model in many years.

Aimed at frequent fliers and powered by the new caliber 9001 movement, Sky-Dweller boasts 14 patents, five of which are new. Local time is displayed with central hands, while home time is indicated by a red arrow pointing at an hour number on the aforementioned rotating disc. The rotating Ring Command bezel allows you to easily set local time, home time, and date with a twist in either direction. Of particular interest is the annual calendar that requires adjustment only once per year on March 1. Rolex named the innovative calendar mechanism Saros after the cycle of alignment patterns between the sun, earth, and moon that produces lunar and solar eclipses. The mechanism is based on a fixed planetary gear wheel with an orbiting satellite wheel that is fitted with four fingers, one for each 30-day month. The satellite wheel orbits the planetary wheel once per month, and at the end of a 30-day month, the finger triggers the calendar disc to jump twice within a few milliseconds to advance from the 30th to the 1st. Months are indicated with apertures positioned at each corresponding hour marker around the dial’s periphery.

Available this fall in 18-karat white gold with bracelet ($48,850), 18-karat yellow gold with bracelet ($46,150), or Rolex’s proprietary Everose gold on a leather strap ($39,550). Go to Rolex for all the details.



Rolex Sky-Dweller