Prices ROLEX CELLINI Watches
Out of the three new for 2014 Rolex Cellini dress watches, an argument can be made that the Cellini Date models are perhaps the most aesthetically pleasing. Sure, the Rolex Cellini Time (which only indicates the time) is clean and simple making for an easy pick, and the Cellini Dual Time offers a great travel watch for those who like to pack a tuxedo in their luggage, but the Cellini Date mixes the beautiful aesthetic of Rolex's new guilloche machine engraved dial with the practicality of a date indicator.
I can't recall the last time Rolex displayed the date via a dial versus a disc in a window. In fact, Rolex invented the concept of the date calendar window watch with the original Datejust. If you prefer something a bit more sophisticated for formal attire and knowing the date is still useful to you, then the Cellini Date is a very attractive offering. The date dial further helps add character to what would otherwise be just a three-hand face. The extra bit of information takes this dial into a deeper "horological zone" making it fitting for those who wish to acquire the Cellini Date not as their sole timepiece, but as an addition to a diverse collection of quality watches.
Rolex's new 39mm wide Cellini case combines elements of its more classic watch collection with the universally popular Oyster case. At 50 meters water resistant the Cellini isn't an Oyster, but then again it is thinner in size. It does however bear a very slim version of the Oyster's fluted bezel which adds an additional sense of Rolex DNA to the collection.
At 39mm wide, I feel that the Cellini case combines grace and modern proportions in a satisfying way that feels neither too large or too small. Unlike the wider lugs on most Oyster Professional watches such as the Submariner, the lugs on the Cellini case taper more allowing for a more diminutive fit on the wrist. It feels like just a few years ago virtually all Rolex watches came exclusively on a metal bracelet. Now with pieces like the Cellini we are becoming aware of a greater focus on adding straps to Rolex wearing experience.
Having said that, I cannot help but wonder what a bracelet might look like designed for the new Cellini collection. The straps are however quite nice, being stamped with Rolex signatures (and the crown), being made of Alligator in either black or brown.
What does a Rolex dress watch need to do? I asked myself this question while wondering about the target market for the updated Cellini collection during Baselworld 2014 when we received the ability to check out the models hands-on with Rolex. While the Datejust and Day/Date models aren't strictly speaking dress watches, they have become de facto dress watches over the last few decades. With several collections of watches that people like to wear with suits and formal attire, what is the role of the Cellini?
Like the Day/Date (and unlike the Datejust) the Cellini collection will be exclusively available in precious metal. These aren't watches that right now contain precious stones, and they have one of the thinnest profiles available in a Rolex watch. Nevertheless, they still contain in-house made Rolex automatic mechanical movement.