Definitely eye-catching, the GMT-Master II now features a red and blue Cerachrom (ceramic) bezel insert. Apart from the material offering extreme scratch and corrosion resistance, what’s awesome about this piece is that the two-colour bezel insert was created as a single piece, through a process that Rolex has since patented. Instead of applying colour to the ceramic, Rolex created a red ceramic disc and modified the chemical composition of each grain to change that red into blue on half of the insert, which sounds extremely difficult but in effect renders the watch unaffected by scratches and UV rays.
The watch is fitted with a self-winding movement with second time zone function and date, featured on a black lacquer dial with Chromalight appliques. The 40mm case comes in 18k white gold and is water-resistant to 100 metres.
Rolex also presented a new version of the Milgauss, a design from the 1950s with extreme paramagnetic features, originally designed for engineers and scientists. The new model features a ‘Z blue’ or electric blue dial meant to complement the iconic lightning bolt-shaped seconds hand, and it is seen through the watch’s unique green sapphire crystal.
Fitted with the self-winding calibre 3131, the Milgauss features an escape wheel made of nickel-phosphorus alloy and a Parachrom hairspring that makes the movement insensitive to magnetic fields. The 40mm stainless steel case offers water resistance up to 100 metres.
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