Last year Rolex released the stealth-wealthy Everose, Cerachrom and Oysterflex Yacht-Master 40 ref. 116655, a watch that shifted the skipper’s watch from the periphery of the catalogue to front and centre. It all but stole the show. This year Rolex’s renewed interest in the line continues, with this sumptuous Rolesor version, topped off by a new chocolate dial. It’s a combination that well and truly ignites the category of the ‘couple watch’, perfectly viable for him, or her, or better still, for both.
This is not an under-the-radar watch (as you can see from our video review). If the polished Everose centre links and softer sand-blasted bezel didn’t automatically rule it out, the deep sunburst of the brown dial seals the deal. And even though it’s no shrinking violet on the wrist, it’s far from gaudy. There’s a great balance to it – all the elements and finishings are in harmony with each other. The dial would overwhelm a plainer case, and the gilt logo and red ‘Yacht-Master’ text add some variety and balance to the otherwise overwhelming combination.
It’s also a Rolex that truly offers you the best of both worlds. Not only does the two-tone watch offer the utility of steel and lustre of gold, as well as a pleasing mix of sports and leisure, it’s also a truly unisex piece. 40mm is on the larger size for a woman’s watch – but by no means would it be considered oversize. And the warm tones and precious metal combo means that it doesn’t come off as just another ‘boyfriend’ watch. On the other hand, the classic Oyster design ensures that ‘delicate’ isn’t a word that would ever be used to describe this piece.
This Rolesor and Everose Yacht-Master is undeniably rich, but not so over-the-top as to stop you wanting more.
Rolex Yacht-Master 40 Everose Rolesor (ref. 116621) Australian pricing
The Rolex Yacht-Master 40 Everose Rolesor, reference 116621, $17,800.
Images by Jason Reekie.