For Rolex, the launches at Watches and Wonders have been all about anniversary timepieces and a playful party spirit. Yes, you heard it right, the brand with the most serious and utilitarian portfolio out there has announced a bunch of quirky and funky timepieces such as the bubbly Oyster Perpetual ‘Celebration’.
With skyrocketing popularity and significantly above-the-retail secondary market pricings, the Stella-inspired OPs launched in 2020 took the watchmaking world by storm. The colorful spirit of these timepieces available in fan-favorite hues carved a delightful reverence for the brand among budding enthusiasts and this year at the Watches and Wonders 2023, Rolex has come to the party center stage with its Rolex Oyster Perpetual ‘Celebration’ motif available in 31, 36 and 41mm case size variations.
We can easily say that Rolex did have a ton of fun this year with such launches at Watches and Wonders 2023!
A Masterpiece Of Sparkling Excellence
As a high lord of traditional watchmaking, it is unexpected for Rolex to be out-of-the-box in terms of its designs and choices of color. For a brand whose offerings carry a legacy in terms of aesthetics, materials, and designs tracing back over half a century, surprising the world with a timepiece that features colorful bubbles on its dial face will always be warmly welcomed and appreciated as a playful nod from a manufacturer of ultra-precise utilitarian tool watches.
Popping with color, vibrant energy, and a youthful appeal, the new lacquered dial of the Oyster Perpetual in 31 mm, 36 mm, and 41 mm is overblown with 51 multi-colored bubbles brewing up from the bottom of the dial. What is worthy to notice is that a choice of turquoise lacquered main canvas is opted to be a balanced backdrop for these bubbles that appear in the hues of the Stella watches.
The bubbles outlined in black reunite the five vivid hues: candy pink, turquoise blue, yellow, coral red, and green in one for the ‘Celebration’ timepiece.
The new Oyster Perpetual 31 is equipped with caliber 2232, while the Oyster Perpetual 36 and Oyster Perpetual 41 are both fitted with caliber 3230. The timepieces display the essential functions of hours, minutes, and seconds from the movements in these Oyster Perpetual models which bear the Superlative Chronometer certification.
Exceptional Quality Of The Oyster In A Colorful Package
Since 1926, Rolex has carved an unhindered reputation with the introduction of the world’s first waterproof wristwatch and the new Oyster Perpetual timepieces are direct descendants of the original Oyster watch. Combining the technical nuances such as chronometric precision, a waterproof Oyster case, and self-winding of the movement via a Perpetual rotor, the OPs are not just entry-level Rolex offerings but serious collectibles and investment pieces thanks to their playfully quirky aesthetics that make them desirable. These colors cement the everlasting allure of the Oyster Perpetual timepieces and by adorning a contemporary appeal, appease the younger collectors.
The Oyster Case, Symbol Of Waterproofness
Guaranteeing water resistance to depths of up to 100 meters, the Oyster Perpetual 31, Oyster Perpetual 36, and Oyster Perpetual 41 feature Rolex’s signature Oyster case construction. The case back on the middle case which is constructed out of a solid block of Oystersteel is hermetically screwed down for faultless waterproofing.
Along with the Twinlock winding crown which comes fitted with a double waterproofness system, the watch not only is safe for your occasional dip in the pool but garners an all-around wearability appeal for collectors of adventurous lifestyles as well.
Perpetual Calibres 2232 And 3230
Powering the Oyster Perpetual 31 is the caliber 2232 while the Oyster Perpetual 36 and the Oyster Perpetual 41 feature the caliber 3230. These movements which are fully developed in-house by Rolex come with several undeniably significant technical markers like the Syloxi hairspring in the caliber 2232, the patented Chronergy escapement in the caliver 3230 fitted with a blue Parachrom hairspring as well as the Rolex-designed and patented high-performance Paraflex shock absorbers in both the calibers.
Perpetual rotor self-winding systems give the calibers 2232 and 3230 autonomies of 55 hours and near weekend-proof 70 hours respectively.
A Comfy Fit On The Wrist
The Oyster Perpetual ‘Celebration’ timepieces in their 31mm, 36mm, and 41mm iterations are born on Oyster bracelets. An original 1930s inception by Rolex, this bracelet technology is highlighted by a unique three-piece link system which is omnipresent across the Oyster Perpetual range.
The bracelets made out of Oystersteel also feature a folding Oysterclasp and the Easylink comfort extension link which allows the wearer a leverage of 5 mm in adjustment for a snug and comfortable fit.
Superlative Chronometer Certification
As with all Rolex timepieces, the Oyster Perpetual 36 and Oyster Perpetual 41 carry the Superlative Chronometer certification testifying that each watch follows its own strict criteria in quality and precision excellence in addition to the official certification of watch movements by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC).
An Unpredictable Offering
While the Oyster Perpetual Bubble is a genuine fun timepiece with a funky and quirky appeal, it embodies an overpowering appeal reinforced by the fact that Rolex doesn’t surrender to hype or customer inputs and in the end does what it is meant to do.
As one of the greatest brands in the world, it can afford to be strictly conservative in its product design and development while continuing to surprise us with fun-looking party timepieces like the Oyster Perpetual ‘Celebration’.