It is exceedingly rare for a Rolex watch to combine a largely steel exterior with the lavish use of diamonds: this Lady-Datejust 28 ranks among those select few, very special pieces.
First, the 28mm wide case. The iconic and remarkarbly rugged Oyster case features a monobloc middle case and a specially designed caseback: both are crafted from Oystersteel, the highly corrosion resistant and uniquely lustrous stainless steel that Rolex uses.
For this Lady-Datejust, 18ct white gold was chosen for the bezel, with 48 brilliant-cut diamonds individually and expertly hand-set into it.
The bracelet, a three-link Oyster bracelet with a folding Oysterclasp, is crafted entirely from Oystersteel, without the use of 18ct white gold anywhere in its construction.
This combination of a heavy reliance on Oystersteel, with the calculated use of 18ct white gold and diamonds, render the Lady-Datejust a rare proposition among Rolex timepieces both in terms of aesthetics, wearing experience and pricing.
The dial, a velvety grey with hues of dark purple and brown, features 10 indices also crafted from 18ct white gold, set with brilliant-cut indices. Rolex exclusively uses 18ct gold for the hands and indices on all its timepieces — irrespective of the material used for the experience. The painstakingly set diamonds on this Lady-Datejust, however, beautifully complement the ribbon of diamonds that frame the dial.
Powered by the Manufacture Rolex Caliber 2236, this Lady-Datejust is a Superlative Chronometer with outstanding timekeeping performance, dependability, and a long, 55-hour power reserve that is extremely rare for a watch of such minute proportions.
Underlining its unisex and versatile appeal, the Tudor 1926 collection comes in four sizes - 28mm, 36mm, 39mm, and 41mm, so there is one to suit just about every wrist.
It was just a bit over a year ago that Rolex launched a new website under Rolex.org, dedicated to perpetuating the Founding Spirit of Rolex, as inherited from the man behind the Crown.
When craftsmanship and exclusive material come together, that is when timeless beauty really starts to impress.
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