Rolex kicks off 2024 with a special edition Day-Date in honour of the Vienna Philharmonic Rolex kicks off 2024 with a special edition Day-Date in honour of the Vienna Philharmonic

Rolex kicks off 2024 with a special edition Day-Date in honour of the Vienna Philharmonic

Jamie Weiss

Rolex special editions are exceedingly rare. That’s why it was such a big deal when Rolex released a special edition Daytona last year to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 24 Hours of Le Mans: aside from the occasional wacky off-catalogue piece (like the bonkers Day-Date 36 ‘Jigsaw’ that also dropped last year – 2023 was a particularly mental year for Rolex), the famously conservative Swiss brand typically plays their cards very close to their proverbial chest, and they play things safe.

Barely one week into 2024 however and yet another eclectic Day-Date 36 has been unveiled, which celebrates the 15th anniversary of Rolex’s partnership with the Vienna Philharmonic, one of the world’s most acclaimed orchestras. Rolex has been the orchestra’s exclusive partner since 2008 and has sponsored its popular New Year’s concert since 2009, which is live-streamed for free thanks to Rolex’s support.

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A render of the Day-Date 36 ‘Vienna Philharmonic’s dial. Image courtesy of @horology_ancienne

Rolex explains that this special edition “is fashioned in 18ct yellow gold and adorns a finely crafted dial representing a violin and its volute, a decoration made using the champlevé method of grand feu enamelling. Directly etched into the yellow gold base, the violin design is coloured by hand in different shades of green.” It’s a unique display of Rolex’s métiers d’art and a return to somewhat more tasteful special edition Day-Dates after the lunacy that was the ‘Jigsaw’.

But as with any Rolex – good luck getting one. Rolex has confirmed that “limited quantities” have been produced for select clients, which is code for “if you haven’t already received the call, you’re never getting one”. Cue the world’s smallest violin.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!


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