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Rolex Yacht-Master 42, $27,800, Tourneau, 212-758-5830Photo: F. Martin Ramin/The Wall Street Journal, Styling by Anne Cardenas
June 20, 2019 3:14 pm ET
ROLEX, THE HOUSEHOLD name of Swiss watchmakers, rarely deviates from the original design DNA of its midcentury status watches like the Submariner and the Daytona. However, look into the sleek, dark face of the brand’s new Yacht-Master 42 and you’ll see traces of contemporary streetwear glinting back at you. “Because [the Yacht-Master is] one of Rolex’s newer models…it occupies this space within their offerings that allows them to experiment,” explained New York-based Ryan Chong, a watch specialist for auction house Christie’s. First released in 1992, the original Yacht-Master and its subsequent renditions have run the gamut of “guilty pleasure” finishes (think: mother-of-pearl dials, even gem-set bezels), and have been seen on flashy-watch fans like Brad Pitt and Ellen DeGeneres.
But the latest model, with its rubber-bound bracelet and monochromatic black palette, looks subtler and sportier. “[This mix] speaks not just to watch culture,” Mr. Chong said, “but the current culture of today with athleisure wear and wanting to be comfortable yet also chic and luxurious.” Though the series has always skewed nautical, with features like a bidirectional bezel and luminous hands, this watch looks more convincingly functional. Finally: a dressed-down luxury timepiece for well-heeled sailors and sneakerheads alike.
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