While all Rolexes are certainly luxury watches, there are a few models that stand out for their extravagance. If you’re looking to indulge yourself or looking for someone special, read on for an in-depth look at some of Rolex’s most luxurious collections.
1. Rolex Everose Yacht-Master
At Baselworld 2015, Rolex unveiled two new versions of the Yacht-Master that were quite a departure from the already existing models within the collection. Not only were the new Yacht-Masters crafted in Everose pink gold, for the first time, but they also came equipped with a black Cerachrom ceramic bezel and a black Oysterflex rubber strap.
Tailored to both men and women, the Everose Yacht-Master is available in two sizes—40mm and 37mm. The duo of rose gold Yacht-Masters are the first references in the collection that sport a ceramic bezel. Dubbed as Cerachrom by the brand and prized for its resistance to scratching and fading, ceramic bezels have been showing up on most of Rolex’s newer sports models. On the Everose Yacht-Master, the matte black rotating Cerachrom bezel with 60-minute markers strikes a sharp contrast to the warm rosy shade of the gold case.
The Oysterflex bracelet is also a first for Rolex. This particular Rolex-patented bracelet is actually pieces of titanium and nickel wrapped with black rubber. This unique construction provides the wearer with both the comfort of rubber and toughness of metal. As a nautical watch destined to sail the seas, the Yacht-Master is outfitted with the Triplock winding crown to keep water out, with resistance to 330 feet (100 meters).
2. Rolex Sky-Dweller
The latest collection to join the Rolex lineup, the Sky-Dweller, debuted in 2012. As the newest model, the Sky-Dweller has the advantage of featuring cutting-edge technical innovations by Rolex including 14 patents. The Sky-Dweller is one of Rolex’s most complicated timepieces boasting the trio of center hands, a second time zone, a 24-hour disc, an annual calendar and a month indicator. It’s the quintessential globetrotter’s luxury watch built to keep track of precise date and time no matter the locale or destination.
Aside from its technical capabilities, the Sky-Dweller also sports a bold look thanks to the combination of its large size, complex dial and the use of signature Rolex design details. Its 42mm Oyster case is made of 18K gold with a choice of yellow, white or Everose pink. The case is topped with a fluted bezel and the Roman numerals on the dial are accompanied by rectangles, which show red depending on the month of the year. The 24-hour disc sits off-center on the dial, while the date window at 3 o’clock is magnified by the iconic Cyclops lens.
3. Rolex Day-Date
Commonly known as the Rolex President, the Day-Date is by far the brand’s most prestigious timepiece. It gained its nickname for two reasons: upon its 1956 release it was outfitted with a special rounded three-link bracelet named the President bracelet, and, because of its prestige, the Day-Date became a favorite watch for heads-of-states around the world including American President Lyndon B. Johnson.
Only ever made in 18K gold or platinum, the Day-Date was actually the first wristwatch to bear both the date of the month in addition to the day of the week written in full on the dial. It has enjoyed a rich history within the Rolex catalog with numerous iterations over the years.
Three sizes of the Rolex Day-Date exist. The traditional 36mm size was supplemented with the Day-Date II model in 2008 that donned a 41mm case. The Day-Date II was eventually discontinued and replaced with the 40mm sized Day-Date 40 in 2015.
4. Rolex Pearl-Master
Introduced in 1992, the Pearl-Master is Rolex’s jewelry watch collection. The eponymous Pearl-Master bracelet is characterized by its curvy five-link structure that wears like a piece of jewelry. Available in a variety of sizes from 29mm to 34mm to 39mm, it’s easy to find the perfect fit.
Uniquely fashioned in 18K gold, the beauty of the Pearl-Master shines through due to its exquisite gem-setting. Gem-setting options on the Pearl-Master range from subtle sprinklings of diamonds to full gem-encrusted dials, cases and bracelets using a mix of diamonds, rubies and sapphires. In addition to precious stones, the Rolex Pearl-Master also carries a rich choice of dial colors and materials such as mother-of-pearl.
In true Rolex fashion, the Pearl-Master is always paired with a date window and corresponding Cyclops lens affixed to the sapphire crystal protecting the face of the watch.