Rolex’s Cellini may be dwarfed by the Submariner, Datejust, and Day-Date collections, but it remains as Rolex’s line of elegant dress watches that stands in a class of its own. Created a few decades ago, the Cellini collection was designed in the honour of sculptor and goldsmith Benvenuto Cellini, demonstrating the brand’s strong commitment to the arts.
The new Cellini collection unveiled at this year’s BaselWorld showcases three new models – Cellini Time, Cellini Date, and Cellini Dual Time. Combining the best of Rolex’s know-how with the understanding of Cellini’s history, the design of the new collection is approached with reverence, and the results noticeably refined. This is especially apparent in the Cellini Dual Time model, which is offered in four versions – a black or silver dial featuring a ‘rayon flamme de la gloire’ guilloche motif, and with a 39mm case in a choice of 18K white or Everose gold. The watch’s main dial features large centre hands shaped like two-edged swords revealing the time of the wearer’s location, while a small gold-rimmed sub-dial tells the minutes and hours of a separate place with a sun or moon symbol transiting at its aperture at nine o’clock indicating day or night. The Cellini Dual Time is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement with an approximately 48-hour power reserve.