First introduced in 2014 , the Rolex Cellini collection includes models with complications such date display and dual time. But only minor changes have been made since them. This year Rolex goes one step further and presents a fascinating moon phase model. The Rolex Cellini Moonphase — a watch that features a patented, astronomical moon-phase function, a meteorite-appliqué moon, and an Everose gold case.
The Rolex Cellini Moonphase is Rolex’s newest entry in its dress watch line. The addition of a moonphase marks the first time the brand has included that complication since the 1950s. The moonphase complication will remain accurate for 122 years without adjustment, according to Rolex. It tells the current lunar phase with a blue disk carrying an empty ring and meteorite appliqué moon.
The 39-mm case of the Rolex Cellini Moonphase is made from Everose gold, a proprietary alloy that mixes gold, copper, and a touch of platinum, and sports a polished finish. It features the double-domed, fluted bezel that is a hallmark of the Cellini collection, a domed, solid screw-down caseback; a domed sapphire crystal with nonreflective coating on both sides; and a screw-down crown for a water-resistance of 60 meters. The Cellini Moonphase has a white lacquer dial with a blue enamelled disc at 6 o’clock showing the full moon and the new moon, the former depicted by a meteorite applique and the latter by a silver ring. The moonphase is read via the indicator set at 12 o’clock on the subdial, as the full moon and new moon rotate through the lunar cycle. The date can also be read using the numerals on the edge of the white lacquer dial.
Though not large, the case is large enough, giving it a reassuring weight in the palm. And the strap is attached to an 18k Everose gold Crownclasp, essentially a proprietary Role folding buckle, which further adds to the heft of the watch. This is also the first replica Rolex Cellini model ever to be held on a brown alligator leather strap with a folding Crownclasp in 18 ct Everose gold. Inside is the calibre 3195, a self-winding movement with a 48-hour power reserve and blue Parachrom hairspring. The watch is priced at $26,750 and carries an international five-year guarantee.