After yawning my way through Rolex’s other 2017 releases (totally underwhelming), I have to stop and give them some credit for their beautiful new Cellini Moonphase. The watch is cased in Rolex’s proprietary “Everose gold” and measures in at 39mm. On a dial simply adorned “Rolex Geneve”, the Cellini Moonphase displays the moon cycle on a blue enamelled disc with full moon in meteorite. It also displays the date around the circumference of the dial, via a center-set hand with a crescent moon at its tip.
This new model is driven by a self-winding mechanical movement of course manufactured by Rolex. It is fitted on a brown alligator leather strap with a folding clasp in 18 ct Everose gold, a first for a Cellini model, according to Rolex.
The Cellini Moonphase has a white lacquer dial with a blue enamelled disc at 6 o’clock showing the full moon and the new moon, the former depicted by a meteorite applique and the latter by a silver ring. The moonphase is read via the indicator set at 12 o’clock on the subdial, as the full moon and new moon rotate through the lunar cycle.
Like all Rolex watches, the new Cellini Moonphase is covered by the Superlative Chronometer certification redefined by Rolex in 2015. This exclusive designation testifies that the watch has successfully undergone a series of tests conducted by Rolex in its own laboratories according to its own criteria, which exceed watchmaking norms and standards.