This is unashamedly a dress watch, therefore no jeans and coaches please. You really will need to climb to the event here so classic evening wear, luxury fabrics and whatever you’ve got in your wardrobe that is impossibly chic would work well here. Think classic Elizabeth Taylor or Audrey Hepburn at a sophisticated little black gown and plenty of diamonds and you’ll be on the ideal lines.This watch will surely make you reassess Rolex. If you are not drawn to the omnipresent Submariners or Oysters, but still wish to own something out of this iconic name, then maybe the Cellini is for you.At Baselworld 2016, Rolex introduced several new fashions of this recently re-launched Rolex Cellini dress watch collection which we debuted back into 2014 upon its launch. My favorite new-for-2016 Rolex Cellini is a new dial design for the time-only “Cellini Time” model as seen here at the reference 50505 which is offered in an 18k white gold or 18k Everose golden case.To refresh your recollection, the contemporary Rolex Cellini collection consists of three standard models. The Cellini Double Time (hands-on here) is the most complicated of the versions and is the only dual-time watch from Rolex that indicates both time zones in 12-hour format (versus their GMT watches which signify the second time zone in 24-hour format). The Rolex Cellini Date (hands-on here) is fairly straightforward as well as its title implies, offers a date dial versus a date window, as is the case on other Rolex models.
Out of the three new for 2014 Used Rolex Cellini Watches For Sale Replica Cellini dress watches, an argument can be made that the Rolex Cellini Date models are perhaps the most aesthetically pleasing. Sure, the Rolex Cellini Time (which only indicates the time) is clean and simple making for an easy pick, and the Cellini Dual Time offers a great travel watch for those who like to pack a tuxedo in their luggage, but the Cellini Date mixes the beautiful aesthetic of Rolex’s new guilloche machine engraved dial with the practicality of a date indicator.
I can’t recall the last time Rolex Cellini Watches Used Replica displayed the date via a dial versus a disc in a window. In fact, Rolex invented the concept of the date calendar window watch with the original Datejust. If you prefer something a bit more sophisticated for formal attire and knowing the date is still useful to you, then the Rolex Cellini Date is a very attractive offering. The date dial further helps add character to what would otherwise be just a three-hand face. The extra bit of information takes this dial into a deeper “horological zone” making it fitting for those who wish to acquire the Rolex Cellini Date not as their sole timepiece, but as an addition to a diverse collection of quality watches.
Rolex’s new 39mm wide Cellini case combines elements of its more classic watch collection with the universally popular Oyster case. At 50 meters water resistant the Cellini isn’t an Oyster, but then again it is thinner in size. It does however bear a very slim version of the Oyster’s fluted bezel which adds an additional sense of Rolex DNA to the collection.
At 39mm wide, I feel that the Cellini case combines grace and modern proportions in a satisfying way that feels neither too large or too small. Unlike the wider lugs on most Oyster Professional watches such as the Submariner, the lugs on the Cellini case taper more allowing for a more diminutive fit on the wrist. It feels like just a few years ago virtually all Rolex watches came exclusively on a metal bracelet. Now, with pieces like the Rolex Cellini we are becoming aware of a greater focus on adding straps to Rolex wearing experience.
Having said that, I cannot help but wonder what a bracelet might look like designed for the new Cellini collection. The straps are however quite nice, being stamped with Rolex signatures (and the crown), being made of Alligator in either black or brown.
Just a year after the debut of the new Cellini collection, Rolex series about making new versions. In 2015, they debuted the Rolex Cellini Time watch with a diamond bezel (hands-on here), and all three of the Cellini versions received new cosmetic variations in 2016. What was new for this year? Well, the Rolex Cellini Date 50519 obtained a lovely blue dial to the 18k white gold variant, and also the Cellini Double Time 50525 needed a “brownish guilloche” dial option for the 18k Everose golden version. The Rolex Cellini Time 50505 obtained the simplest dial to date in either a 18k Everose gold in addition to 18k white gold case.We saw dial simplification occur with the Rolex Cellini Time with diamonds (as linked to above), but also for 2016 Rolex took it a bit further, providing what is, in my estimation, the most elegant model now. Even though there’s profound rivalry among apparel watches, I am quite convinced that, for a lot of people, Rolex just sort of nailed it with these cleaner-dialed Rolex Cellini Time versions. In modern history, Rolex hasn’t had the strongest elegant dress watch supplying, but with all these new variations of this 50505, Rolex has a very good offering that, together with the Rolex name and quality, will make it very hard for others in this price point to compete with. It is likely to be a small battle for even Vacheron Constantin and also Blancpain to compete with an offering such as this – and of course additional powerful models from Chopard and Patek Philippe. While each brand has its own different pluses, the Rolex name (and cost, actually) is gonna be hard to beat for a large proportion of consumers around.
What does a Rolex dress watch need to do? I asked myself this question while wondering about the target market for the updated Cellini collection during Baselworld 2014 when we received the ability to check out the models hands-on with Rolex. While the Datejust and Day/Date models aren’t strictly speaking dress watches, they have become de facto dress watches over the last few decades. With several collections of watches that people like to wear with suits and formal attire, what is the role of the Cellini?
Like the Day/Date (and unlike the Datejust) the Rolex Cellini collection will be exclusively available in precious metal. These aren’t watches that right now contain precious stones, and they have one of the thinnest profiles available in a Rolex watch. Nevertheless, they still contain in-house made Rolex automatic mechanical movement.
Like the also new Rolex Cellini Dual Time watch, the Rolex Cellini Date has a lovely guilloche engraved dial that is available in either silver or black. The base Cellini Time watch has a more simple lacquered dial. Each of the dial colors is available with either the 18k white or Everose gold (a special 18k rose gold alloy that Rolex makes) case, which adds a welcome variety and level of consumer choice. In fact, with three distinct Rolex Cellini models, each coming in different case materials and dial colors, Rolex has released a total of 12 new Cellini models for 2014. That is actually quite a bit when you consider how slowly Rolex typically releases new models and adds variations to existing collections.
Our sentiments about the size of the hands on the Rolex Cellini models remain as the double row of hour markers makes the hands feel a bit too short. Nevertheless, the dials are attractive and mix a level of simple sophistication with mature class and style. The off-center date dial offers a new look for the brand, and adds a new way to tell the date even if it isn’t strictly speaking as convenient as a digital date window.
Going back to my original question of who this watch is aimed at satisfying, I believe I have some suggestions. As we stated when we originally introduced the Rolex Cellini Watch Band Replacement Replica Cellini Time model, Rolex is intent on offering a tuxedo-style formal watch in a space they have previously not had a lot to offer. Rolex is taking on some of the competition available from brands at groups like Swatch or Richemont who more or less have dominated when it comes to formal watch attire until now. Rolex’s sheer market power and availability will make the Cellini model a strong competitor for those looking to own a very “classic” wrist watch. We will see how Rolex continues to develop in this area in the years to come. Price for the Rolex Cellini Date reference 50515 in 18k Everose gold and the Cellini Date reference 50519 in 18k white gold is 17,000 Swiss Francs. rolex.com