on 31 Mar 2023
As part of a raft of new releases, Rolex has revisited its iconic Yacht-Master timepiece, presenting the iconic watch in RLX titanium.
First launched in 1992, the Yacht-Master was designed specifically for navigators and skippers, embodying the brand’s rich sailing heritage with a perfect blend of functionality and nautical style. An emblematic nautical timepiece, it is easily recognized by its bidirectional rotatable 60-minute graduated bezel made entirely from precious metal or fitted with a Cerachrom insert in high-technology ceramic.
Now, equally light and robust, the new Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master 42, is presented for the first time in RLX titanium, a grade 5 titanium alloy specially selected by Rolex for its mechanical strength and corrosion resistance. The new version stands out for its technical satin finish – a satin finish with a visible grain, a feature of Rolex watches in RLX titanium – which extends to the middle case sides, the edges of the bracelet links and the sides of the clasp cover. The chamfered top edges of the middle case lugs have a high-sheen finish, while the crown guard is polished.
With its bidirectional rotatable bezel fitted with a Cerachrom insert in matt black ceramic featuring raised and polished numerals and graduations, the Yacht-Master 42 in RLX titanium remains faithful to the aesthetics of the original model and is graced with an intense black dial in a fine satin finish.
A paragon of robustness and reliability, the 42 mm Oyster case of the new Yacht-Master 42 in RLX titanium is guaranteed waterproof to a depth of 100 metres (330 feet). The middle case is crafted from a solid block of RLX titanium and its case back, edged with fine fluting, is hermetically screwed down with a special tool that allows only Rolex watchmakers to access the movement. The Triplock winding crown, fitted with a triple waterproofness system and protected by an integral crown guard, screws down securely against the case, while the crystal, which features a Cyclops lens at 3 o’clock for easy reading of the date, is made of virtually scratchproof sapphire and benefits from an anti-reflective coating.
The new version of the Yacht-Master 42 is equipped with calibre 3235, which incorporates the patented Chronergy escapement, which combines high energy efficiency with great dependability. Made of nickel-phosphorus, this escapement is resistant to strong magnetic fields, while the movement is fitted with a blue Parachrom hairspring, manufactured by Rolex in a paramagnetic alloy, which offers great stability in the face of temperature variations as well as high resistance to shocks.
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