In my opinion, the most compelling new Rolex watch presented by the Swiss brand at Baselworld 2017 was the Rolex Cellini Moonphase. More than just a new interpretation of an existing design, this is not only a totally new watch, but it also includes a new movement and set of complications which haven’t been part of the Rolex portfolio for at least several decades. To help frame the ‘purpose and poise’ of the Cellini Moonphase, in Rolex’s words to me this watch is (paraphrasing) “a rare opportunity for the designers at Rolex to artistically express themselves.”
By far the most interesting detail on the Rolex Cellini Moonphase watch dial is the moon phase indicator disc itself. This is a decidedly “non-mass-produced” object made using an enameling technique as well as having a moon disc produced from a piece of meteorite. Those familiar with moon phase indicators will immediately see that Rolex’s interpretation of the moon phase complication is unique. Rolex explained that they wanted their moon phase indicating watch to be a bit different from others out there.
Accurate to 122 years when initially replica Rolex Cellini – the Rolex Cellini Moonphase case is also 39mm wide and available in 18k Everose gold. set, the moon phase indicator uses an indicator arrow below the hands and the disc itself turns. Typically, there would be a frame over the disc to help offer a more visual indication of the moon’s shape in the sky. Here, however, there is a solid meteorite moon opposite a totally dark moon. The disc moves in one direction, and the idea, I believe, is that both discs represent the moon as the disc makes a full rotation.
The 39mm-wide Rolex Cellini case is not an Oyster, but it still has a screw-down crown and is water-resistant to 50m. Over the dial is a double-domed, AR-coated sapphire crystal. Inside the watch is an in-house-made “Superlative Chronometer Certified” Rolex automatic caliber replica Rolex Cellini 3195 movement with 48 hours of power reserve operating at 4Hz. Complications include the time, moon phase, and a pointer-style date which uses a blued steel (also something you don’t see every day at today’s Rolex) hand. This latter element is another item (like the moon phase disc) that is not likely produced in high quantities.
Slightly thicker than, say, the time-only The thickness of the classic case combined with the modest case diameter give the watch a pleasant, substantial feel for an otherwise dressy timepiece. Attached to the case is a matching brown alligator strap. I think it would also look good with a black strap, assuming you wanted to match the timepiece to a darker wardrobe of clothing.stopped paying attention to long ago.