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In 2023 Rolex released several new Day-Date 36 models featuring dials crafted from decorative stones, exuding a Mediterranean coastal ambiance with their shimmering tones. Each watch features a radiant dial adorned with diamond-set hour markers and Roman numerals VI and IX. The first offering, in 18 carat Everose gold, showcases a green aventurine dial with a finely crystallized surface.

The second offering, in 18 carat white gold, boasts a turquoise dial with natural veining.

Crafted from 18 carat yellow gold, the third features a stunning orange carnelian dial, characterized by its orangey hue and intricate patterns. 

The yellow gold case and carnelian orange dial effortlessly merge, reminiscent of a sunset, resulting in a captivating and warm timepiece that catches the eye.

All three models are distinguished by a bezel adorned with 52 brilliant-cut diamonds, adding a touch of opulence and refinement to their design. They are exquisitely paired with the iconic President bracelet, renowned for its timeless elegance and comfort, and enhanced with a concealed Crownclasp, ensuring a seamless and luxurious closure.

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The new versions of the Rolex Orange Dial Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 36 exemplify the brand’s dedication to luxury, precision, and timeless elegance. Here are some of its defining features. 

Diamond Accents: All three variants come with dials adorned with diamond-set hour markers, enhancing the luxurious appeal.

President Bracelet: The watches are fitted with the iconic President bracelet, known for its elegant design and comfort. The bracelet includes an elegant concealed Crownclasp, ensuring a seamless and secure closure.

Movement: The Day-Date 36 is powered by the calibre 3255 movement, renowned for its precision and reliability. This movement enables the watch to display the day, date, hours, minutes, and seconds with exceptional accuracy.

Superlative Chronometer Certification: The Day-Date 36, like all Rolex timepieces, holds the prestigious Superlative Chronometer certification, ensuring exceptional performance when worn. This certification ensures that the watch meets stringent standards of precision, durability, and reliability set by Rolex.

Fluted Bezel: The Day-Date 36 features a fluted bezel, a signature Rolex design element that adds a touch of distinction. Originally functional for ensuring waterproofness, the fluted bezel has evolved into an iconic aesthetic feature of Rolex watches.Additionally, there is also the option of a diamond bezel, set with 52 brilliant-cut diamonds, adding further elegance and sparkle.

Craftsmanship: Rolex emphasizes its commitment to craftsmanship and attention to detail in the creation of each watch. The dials are meticulously crafted in-house, largely by hand, to ensure perfection and longevity.

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What is Carnelian?

Carnelian, a variety of chalcedony and a type of silica, boasts a rich history dating back to the Neolithic period, where its warmth and vibrant hues attracted human attention. Esteemed for its relative ease of workmanship, carnelian has been utilized in various forms of adornment, including jewellery, seals, and amulets. 

Symbolically associated with vitality and protection, it held significance in ancient cultures such as those in the Near East and Egypt. Carnelian’s prominence extended into trade networks, serving as a valuable commodity exchanged along ancient routes. 

Today, it remains a favoured gemstone for jewellery designers, appreciated both for its aesthetic beauty and perceived metaphysical properties promoting vitality and emotional balance. 

How it's Achieved

Crafting a carnelian dial for a Rolex watch is a labour-intensive endeavour, where each step is crucial in ensuring the final product’s beauty and durability. It commences with the selection of premium carnelian stone, chosen for its vibrant colour and unique patterns. Expert artisans then delicately cut the stone into a precise wafer, tailored to fit the dimensions of the watch dial with utmost accuracy. Subsequently, the carnelian undergoes an extensive polishing process, meticulously carried out to achieve a flawless surface that accentuates the stone’s inherent beauty.

Once polished to perfection, the carnelian dial is meticulously affixed to a thin metal substrate, strategically chosen to provide reinforcement and maintain the dial’s shape over time. This careful adherence not only strengthens the dial but also ensures its longevity, capable of withstanding the rigors of daily wear.

Although stone dial Rolex watches typically eschew luminescent material on hands or markers, exceptions may arise. These exceptions often occur as a result of servicing or at the specific request of a client, serving to enhance the watch’s functionality in low-light conditions. Thus, while preserving the essence of traditional craftsmanship, such customizations cater to the practical needs and preferences of discerning Rolex enthusiasts.

Precious Metals and Unusual Designs

Over the years, Rolex has showcased its innovation and versatility by employing a wide array of materials for its watch dials. From the warmth of wood to the elegance of semi-precious stones and the luxury of precious metals, Rolex has embraced diversity in its dial designs. It is also no stranger to the slightly more playful dial, as showcased in the Celebration Day-Date and the Jigsaw Puzzle Day-Date. 

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