Top Rolex picks for 2022
As we bring 2022 to a close, BILLIONAIRE highlights our favourite Rolex watch releases this past year.
Rolex GMT Master II Ref. 126720 VTNR
The Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II is one of the most recognised and desired two-time zone watches ever made.
This 2022 model is a rare take on an iconic timepiece made for lefties – or anyone who prefers wearing watches on his right hand, featuring an ostensibly one-time-only green-and-black bezel.
Rolex Air-King 2022
A watch billed as emblematic of Rolex’s links with the aeronautical world, the Air-King surfaced in 1958, when the name first appeared on an Oyster model. Legend has it that during the 1930s, the Rolex Oyster had accompanied many pilots on historic and groundbreaking long-distance flights – whether wearing the watch on their wrists or deploying it as an on-board chronometer – that shaped modern aviation as we know it today.
With the 2022 model containing a handful of subtle changes, the most noteworthy one would be its new engine. The automatic Calibre 3130 from the 2016 model, which had been a part of Rolex’s movement line-up for over two decades, is now replaced by the automatic Calibre 3230.
Arguably the most stylistically balanced model in Rolex’s sports-inspired Professional line-up, the Air-King is a carefully calibrated combination of sportive elegance and tool-watch machismo.
Rolex Deepsea Challenge
Rolex testimonee James Cameron joined Rolex in unveiling the brand’s very first titanium timepiece, the Oyster Perpetual Deepsea Challenge. Rolex has resisted the trend towards new and modern materials for its cases and bracelets in the past, but this debut timepiece takes the brand forward.
The oversized diver, made in RLX titanium has a water resistance of 11,000m (36,090ft), or approximately seven miles, the depth of the Challenger Deep, the deepest point of the Mariana Trench. The trench, located in the western Pacific Ocean, is the deepest point in the world. A decade ago, James Cameron made headlines when he became the first human to submerge into the Challenger Deep on a solo mission, collecting scientific data, specimens, and a visual record of the deep trench.
Dubbed by Rolex as “a classic feminine watch par excellence”, the Lady-Datejust was created at a time when women were starting to chip away at male hegemony and garnering their due recognition in fields spanning showbusiness to science. It was a watch that was ostensibly made then, as it is today, for the modern woman.
This year Rolex has updated the Lady-Datejust with a diamond-set dial and a jubilee bracelet. They have also added new white gold fluted bezel models, which give the watch an even more luxurious look.
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