There are, although some of you may find it difficult to believe, people who admire the Rolex brand but aren’t drawn to the omnipresent sports models. For them, the announcement of a re-invigorated Cellini line by Rolex this year was one that would have piqued much interest. Some of them may have noticed the Cellini model’s existence but not fully registered any of the models, as it has been somewhat neglected by all. Thank goodness that period ended.
Three new models have been released; a time-only, a dual time, and a date model, all available in a 39mm white gold or Everose with either a black or white dial. The polished case features a double bezel – fluted and domed on top. They also have a domed (bubble) caseback. Water resistance is 50m.
This is the time-only model. With long slim gold-applied indices, minute ring, alpha-style hands and a lacquered dial (the other two models have a guilloche dial), this is an great looking dress watch and to my mind, a option that is worth seriously considering in comparison to other popular Rolex models that people commonly wear as dress watches e.g. the ragingly popular Datejust.
Inside is an automatic movement, COSC-certified, with 48-hour power reserve and a Parachrom hairspring. The exact calibre of the movement doesn’t appear even on the Rolex website, but some believe it to be from the 31xx family.
Coming on alligator straps of black (for white gold cases) or brown (for Everose) with a gold pin-buckle, these conservatively-styled but elegant and versatile watches are my personal favourites of Rolex’s releases for 2014.