In addition, the Rolex Cellini stands outside as it doesn’t feature an Oyster case, as do most other Rolex watches. The case is comparable to an Oyster, however, a bit thinner and designed more for elegance versus absolute resistance to the elements. The Cellini instance is 39mm wide and water resistant to 50 meters (versus the 100 meters of the majority of Oyster instances – which aren’t diving watches). It’s slender on the wrist, and the light fluting on the dial is reminiscent of both historical Rolex timepieces as well as the ever popular more bold fluted bezels on watches like the Rolex Datejust.I covered the first Rolex Cellini Time watch collection here in 2014. Offering the time only with a minutes, hours, and seconds hand, the Rolex Cellini Time is, in my opinion, the most tasteful of “The Crown’s” apparel watch collection. I would rather keep things easy, and extremely elegant. The original Rolex Cellini Time watches had an intriguing dial design with a range of elements. A blend of Roman numeral and implemented baton-style hour markers were basically bisected with a middle minute mark ring. Curious initially, the design was a really smart way of making a simple dial not appear quite as simple.
For 2014, a principle new release from Rolex is the completely revamped Rolex Cellini collection of dress watches. This includes three models that we have decided to cover each in separate posts. Right here we will cover the most complicated of the Rolex dress watches, the Rolex Cellini models, known as the reference 50529 and 50525 Rolex Cellini Dual Time. It sits next to the Rolex Cellini Date and Rolex Cellini Time models that are also new this year.
Different Rolex models are more, or less popular, in different parts of the world. In the United States, the Rolex Cellini has certainly been among the least popular Rolex pieces because the US is primarily a sport watch or at least casual watch market. The Rolex Cellini is very distinctly a formal dress watch, that in the US has been mostly over-looked because our dress watch market is dominated by Rolex Datejust and Rolex Day/Date watches. Not to mention the fact that in the US it is completely acceptable to wear a Rolex Submariner with a suit. So where has Rolex taken this new Cellini family?
In a 39mm-wide precious metal case, the new Rolex Cellini is the tuxedo-to-the-office suite of Rolex watches. More formal that the Datejust, the Cellini has a thinner case and more traditional design that, for the first time, has style cues to the Oyster case. In fact, the Cellini has been an odd man out in the Rolex world for not having an Oyster case. That means it has 50 meters of water resistance, but in many ways is just as dedicated to long-term durability. Of course, the most notable “Oyster-like” style feature is the diminutive fluted bezel and caseback.
In other respects, this is very much the mainstream, slim, classic timepiece that Rolex has been missing. The most basic version is the Cellini Time, with just the time, but for me the most interesting versions are the Rolex Cellini Date and this Rolex Cellini Dual Time because they add elements that Rolex does not offer in other models. As is common on many Rolex watches the caseback of the Cellini is devoid of any text and in this case is rounded and polished in a classic form.
In terms of dial design, Rolex created the choice for something quite strong, a guilloche that provides echo into the coin bezel. This ‘rayon flammé de la gloire’ pattern is less visible than our photos may suggest, and stays very subtle once the watch is secured on the wrist. Additionally, it brings the right dose of exclusivity and creativity, compared to all of the dress watches with a plain silvery-white dial, making the Rolex Cellini Dual Time easily recognizable. Then again, this conclusion on the dial feels entirely Rolex but without being similar to what you can find in the Oyster collections. It features subtle, sleek and long, applied facetted baton indexes (cut in the middle by the second track) and golden, facetted sword hands.As indicated by its title, the Rolex Cellini Double Time shows a second time zone. In a gold circled sub-dial at 6 sits a second pair of hands that will indicate the home-time while traveling (the principal hands displaying the local time) or the time in another region of the world (for global business situations for example). The minute hand of the sub-dial is linked to the key minute hand (meaning that it moves concurrently, also when adjusting the local time) whereas the hour hand of the second time-zone is separate, being corrected by the crown, by one-hour increments. Connected to this instant time-zone is a night and day indicator (positioned at 9 at the sub-dial) that will display a sun on a bright background for your day and a moon on a dark blue background for the evening. This complication allows you to know whether individuals in this instant time-zone are in day or night-time.
Those familiar with Rolex know that anything actually new, versus updated, with Rolex is a big deal. Not only does the Rolex Cellini have a new case, but it also offers the only dual time complication in the Rolex watch family. Arguably, this is similar to a GMT complication, but they are a little bit different as for many people a Dual Time watch is more convenient to read if you are merely interested in the time where you are and at home.
The way it works is simple, and according to Rolex the dual time complication is based on a module over a base in-house made Rolex movement. The main dial has an hour, minute, and seconds hand for the local time. A subdial has a second pair of hour and minute hands for a “home” or secondary time zone. There is also a small window at the 9 o’clock position of the subsidiary dial that acts as an AM/PM indicator for the home time, as it is presented in a 12-hour format, versus the 24-hour format of Rolex GMT watches such as the Explorer II or GMT-Master II. The small window has a sun for AM and a moon for PM.