Rolex Yacht-Master 40mm 116621 Two Tone Everose Steel Chocolate Dial - In the Photo Studio
The Rolex Yacht-Master 40mm 116621 Two Tone Everose Steel Chocolate Dial made of stainless - steel and Everose gold ends a cycle of articles related to Rolex ’s new releases for the year 2016 , in preparation for the manufacturer’s surprises for the new year that will be presented at the next Basel exhibition. While focusing on a policy aimed at continuously improving models and collections, with the aid of Jean - Frèdèric Dufour ’s energy and enthusiasm, Rolex has come up with a new collection that didn’t represent the first purchase wish of every person looking for a Rolex , whose main objective was the actual acquisition of a Submariner . The recent evolution pathway of the Yacht - Master started in 2007 the Yacht - Master II ; a timepiece for sailing professionals that showed, in conjunction with the Sky - Dweller , Rolex ’s ability to craft complicated timepieces and that also paved the way for the use of the bezel as a concrete part of the mechanic movement – an idea that has been subsequently imitated by other brands too -.
The latest Yacht - Master enriches a collection made up of three models with a bracelet, whose size goes from 40mm all the way down to a smaller 37mm - size . The Rolex Yacht-Master 40mm 116621 Two Tone Everose Steel Chocolate Dial is a Rolesor and it is the last one within this specific collection; the other timepieces are made of Rolesium (stainless-steel and platinum). A quick note for those who are not familiar with Rolex ’s codes; in this Rolesor timepiece, the bezel and the central mesh of the bracelet are gold-made, while the case-back, the crown, and the side mesh are made of stainless-steel (on the Date - Just timepieces, even the crown is gold-made).
The Rolex Yacht-Master 40mm 116621 Two Tone Everose Steel Chocolate Dial , fuses together two main alloys; the first alloy is the 904L austenitic stainless - steel , while the second one is the Everose alloy; Rolex ’s own interpretation of rose gold that maintains the basic standard – that is to say 18 karat yellow gold , while working on the other metals instead – silver and copper – using a particular technique that the brand has not disclosed for obvious reasons linked to intellectual property, whose main aim is the creation of an alloy that features a superior level of resistance, brightness, and tone.
One of the characteristics that the Yacht - Master has faithfully maintained – the version II excluded – is the crafting of the bezel; indices and numbers are raised if compared to the base of the bezel; in a few words, it is a single Everose - made ring, where the Arabic numbers and the indices are polished, while the base is sand-blasted; a reference that ideally follows the alternated polished and brushed surfaces made of gold and stainless-steel that start off from the bracelet.
The biggest difference between the modern Yacht - Master and some references from the past – like, for instance, the 69623 reference or the 169622 reference - lies, from a style point of view, in the well thought-out choice of tones and matches; the blue dial is no longer associated to the Rolesor but rather to the Rolesium , this also gave room to a chocolate colour dial with sunray finish that well fits the stainless-steel and rose gold tones, it is also quite elegant. The only thing I am not 100% sure about is the red writing “ Yacht - Master ” that I actually find quite successful on the Rolesium .
The process that gave birth to the Rolex Yacht-Master 40mm 116621 Two Tone Everose Steel Chocolate Dial is similar to the process that gave us the Date - Just 41mm ; that is to say a well-developed aesthetic coherence coupled with the timepiece’s proportions; a process that has affected all the new Yacht - Master watches. It is quite odd that Rolex decided to not equip this timepiece with the new 3235 caliber that equips the Date - Just 41mm instead and that basically surpasses the 3135 caliber on every level; from the mechanic precision up to the finishing lines; this decision might be a matter of manufacturing volumes and phase-in/phase-out processes affecting the old and the new caliber. The 3135 caliber is nevertheless a very good caliber that benefitted from the introduction of the certification standard that crowned it a superlative chronometer , thus surpassing the obsolete COSC certification . Despite everything, I reckon that Rolex – the very first real integrated manufacturer that has always projected itself towards innovation – is getting ready to respond to Metas ’s and Omega ’s recent moves.
The Rolex Yacht-Master 40mm 116621 Two Tone Everose Steel Chocolate Dial retails at 13,100 euro and features two options for Rolex aficionados and non-aficionados alike; the first option is to choose your watch among the brand's collections. For this Yacht - Master , Rolex has come up with a decisive personality that is not to be mistaken for that of a Submariner but that places itself on a different level - not necessarily at a higher one - and is geared towards a more mature clientele, who is looking for something peculiar, like the historic 16713 reference , the GMT - Master II with its tiger - eye dial , from which this Yacht - Master takes in my opinion inspiration. The only Rolesor that is similar to this watch is the Date - Just 41 126301 reference that is, nevertheless, much more classic. The second option is to choose your watch among the stainless-steel and gold made timepieces manufactured by other brands; in this specific case, your choice is even easier, as there are quite a very few sports watches made of stainless-steel and gold, while the three-hands-timepiece-selection is divided between those timepieces that try to imitate the style of Rolex and those brands, who have designed something entirely different. The pros about the Yacht - Master are as follows; the easily-recognizable and well-balanced style, a timepiece that is entirely in-house manufactured, reliability and acquired value with the passing of time. All these pros are something that no other brand can objectively boast nowadays.
(Photo credit: courtesy of ROLEX; Horbiter's proprietary photo-shooting by Entropik)
Gaetano C @Horbiter