[Special Report from Watch House Basel] On April 25, 2013, the annual watch industry event Basel International Watch Fair kicked off. The watch house team went to Switzerland. In front of you, we will bring the exhibition report in the first time, and send the new watch pictures of major brands as soon as possible. Here are some of Basel’s new products. The Rolex Yacht-Master II watch is a real shot. Friends who like Rolex can see it first.
At the Baselworld Watch & Jewellery Fair 2013, Rolex launched its new Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master II watch. This groundbreaking regatta chronograph was launched in 2007. For the first time, the new Yacht-Master II watch uses 904L stainless steel and is equipped with a blue ceramic ring. Designed for professional sailors and yacht lovers, this watch perfectly embodies Rolex’s expertise in precision, function and reliability.
The Yacht-Master II watch has a unique Rolex-developed function: it can set the countdown from 1 to 10 minutes, and through the built-in mechanical memory function, reset the countdown with the same time limit. After the countdown is started, it can be precisely adjusted at any time according to the official countdown. The countdown function ideally meets the need for precise timing at critical moments before the start of the regatta. Although technically complicated, it is very easy to use: the countdown can be set by rotating the outer ring with RING COMMAND. The RING COMMAND outer ring was developed by Rolex and constitutes a new interactive interface between the outer ring and the movement.
The Yacht-Master II watch has an oyster case with a diameter of 44 mm and a water resistance of 100 meters (330 feet). It is an example of solidity, elegance and perfect proportions. The distinctive middle case is cast from 904L stainless steel, which is extremely resistant to corrosion. The triangular-shaped bottom case is screwed tightly by Rolex watchmakers with special tools exclusive to the brand to completely seal the case. The winding crown adopts a patented triple-lock triple waterproof system, which is firmly screwed to the case and protected by a crown shoulder that is integrated with the middle case. The mirror is made of scratch-resistant sapphire. The fully sealed Oyster case provides the best protection for the Yacht-Master II’s highly accurate movement.
The Yacht-Master II uses a fully automatic mechanical timing movement 4161 developed by Rolex. This movement is equipped with a column wheel. Like all Rolex movements, the 4161 calibre has also received the Swiss Official Accreditation for Timepieces. This certification is specifically awarded to precision watches that have successfully passed the Swiss Precision Timepiece Testing Center (COSC) test. The exquisite design and high-quality production process of this movement make it unparalleled in accuracy and reliability. The heart of the watch, the balanced swinging component, uses Rolex’s patented blue PARACHROM hairspring, and is made of an alloy that Rolex has exclusively cast. This hairspring is not affected by magnetic fields, and can still perform stably under temperature changes. The shock resistance is 10 times higher than that of traditional hairsprings.
The pictures and information collected by the reporting team in front of the Watch House will be uploaded to the special topics in Basel, so stay tuned.
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