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Feature: Watches & Wonders 2024 | Rolex launches latest models

Rolex has opted for subtle over sensational this year, with a new GMT-Master II in muted tones, a fresh take on the 1908 and a Daytona with an exquisite new dial that will make it one of the Crown’s most desired watches of 2024. Here are three highlights from the brand's offerings at Watches and Wonders...

Rolex GMT Master II, reference 126710GRNR

Rolex has added another GMT-Master II to its line-up with the launch of the understated reference 126710GRNR, which introduces a grey and black bezel to the family.

After the introduction of the sensational 126720VTNR “Sprite” version at Watches and Wonders a couple of years ago, this is a far more subtle iteration of Rolex’s legendary GMT watch.

With its green GMT hand and “GMT-MASTER II” text on the dial, it resembles the now discontinued 116710LN model of a few years ago that came with an all-black bezel.

There’s nothing new under the bonnet, with Rolex equipping this with its trusty Caliber 3285 self-winding movement found in other current GMT-Master models.

Rolex was widely tipped to bring back it’s so-called “Coke” GMT model with a black and red bezel at Watches and Wonders this year, but fans may find solace in the fact that this is a brand-new look for this watch. And like the “Pepsi” and “Batman” versions, it comes on both an Oyster and Jubilee bracelet.

Rolex 1908, reference 52506

The 1908 collection is Rolex’s latest line, which it introduced to its catalogue just last year. It replaced the equally sophisticated Cellini line and offers Rolex fans something a little different to the sports watches for which it’s best known.

This year, the Crown has unveiled this stunning platinum addition to the 1908 line. The standout feature is, of course, the ice-blue dial—a hue Rolex reserves for its platinum watches—with its rice-grain motif.

Marvel at the dial as light bounces off its raised pattern, producing a variety of reflections with every movement of the wrist. The dial also boasts a small-seconds display at 6 o’clock and Arabic numerals at 12, 3 and 9 o'clock. Although fans have called for a version in 36mm, which reflects current trends, Rolex has stuck to the 39mm case size of previous models—which is still highly wearable for most people.

It’s paired with a brown alligator leather strap and features an open caseback through which you can admire the self-winding Calibre 7140.

Rolex Daytona, reference 126589RBR

Rolex isn’t averse to releasing glamorous diamond-set versions of its Daytona—take the colourful “Rainbow” and “Eye of the Tiger” models, or even last year’s platinum edition.

This year, the Crown has unveiled this glitzy 18k white-gold version for good measure. Featuring a natural white mother-of-pearl dial with black sub dials and diamond-set indices and bezel adorned with 36 brilliant-cut diamonds, this is one glamorous piece that showcases Rolex’s expertise in gem-setting.

Interestingly, this model comes on a rubber strap, in keeping with the Daytona’s sporty appeal. Like all new Daytonas, it is powered by the Calibre 4131.

Rolex unveiled another diamond-set mother-of-pearl version at the event, this time with a reverse panda dial and an Oyster bracelet.

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