The hexagram of Qian Gua in the Book of Changes says: ‘Tian Xing Jian, a gentleman is constantly striving for self-improvement.’ Chinese culture says that the world is dynamic (but the same is true). It is always moving; therefore, it is necessary for ‘the gentleman to be self-improving,’ so that one must imitate the heavens and the earth, and keep moving forward forever.
Rolex watches rarely see complex functions. They have always focused on the practicality of functions and use, not just for complexity and complexity. Just like the submariner series can help divers to complete the diving operation more safely, the GMT type helps pilots to accurately grasp the time across different time zones, while the Daytona type allows the racers to grasp the speed more accurately. These distant classic series, which have continued to be replaced by today’s replacement models, are still hot. Perhaps, these classic series alone, Rolex can support half of the watch industry. But, why hasn’t the brand itself stood still? In 2012, Rolex launched its most complex collection of Sky-Dwellers for business travelers around the world.
As one of the most complex watch models on sale at Rolex, the calendar and dual time zone are superimposed on two functions that meet the needs of business travellers. Although complex, they still adhere to the brand’s simple and practical purpose. Each of the patented technologies has its own significance and is not fancy.
The dial layout of the Sky-Dweller series watch can be divided into 3 parts, the time of the home, the time of departure and the date of the calendar. The local time is displayed as the traditional central hour, minute and second hands. The hour hand can be adjusted independently and moved clockwise or counterclockwise in units of one hour. Will affect the display of departure time. In addition, the watch will not stop when adjusting, so that time can be kept accurate.
The rotating off-axis dial on the dial shows the time in the second time zone, that is, the departure time. A fixed red inverted triangle mark under the crown indicates the wearer’s departure time. The 24-hour display panel can clearly distinguish between day and night in the time zone of the departure place, which is convenient for the wearer to communicate with the person at the departure place.
The annual calendar system independently developed by Rolex is called the Salo Almanac system, and its name is derived from the ‘Saro Cycle’ astronomical phenomenon. The unique month display is displayed by 12 small windows on the outside of the hour mark on the dial, with bright red markings. This Sharo almanac system simply adds four gears and two sets of gear trains to the instant jump calendar common to Rolex watches, which realizes the almanac function, making it extremely impressive.
Sky-Dweller is not only clear and simple when reading, but also its functions can be easily adjusted by the crown. This subtlety lies in the pitted teeth of Sky-Dewller. Unlike ordinary Rolex Oyster wristbands, Sky-Dweller is equipped with a Ring Command rotating outer ring, a new patented Rolex technology, which can easily adjust the functions of the watch by adjusting the position of the bezel and the crown.
The ring of the Ring Command can be rotated by three divisions. The first division adjusts the date and month. The second style adjusts the local time. This setting will change as the journey enters different time zones. The hour hand advances one hour every hour until the new time is displayed. The third and last cells are used to adjust the departure time. Just activate the off-axis dial and the minute hand. At this point, the movement will stop operating, making the setting of the watch accurate to the second.
On the side of the middle case of Sky-Dewller, a vertical axis is installed between the ring gear and the movement to enable the two to interact. Converters are provided at both ends of the vertical axis. The upper Maltese cross converter is driven by a pin on the rotating outer ring, turning the vertical axis by a quarter of a turn at each adjustment position. The ordinary cross-shaped converter below is engaged with the function control device in the movement, but slightly protrudes from the edge.
In order to ensure the waterproof performance of the oyster case, it also adds rubber rings at the two ends of the vertical axis of the middle case, and cooperates with the rubber cover of the bottom cover and screw-in crown to ensure that the Sky-Dweller is like the oyster series. Other models are completely waterproof and are not affected by impurities such as dust.
As the most complicated watch on sale at Rolex, Sky-Dweller was only equipped with a precious metal case for a long time after its release in 2012. And this year, the advent of two gold watches, the combination of gold stainless steel and platinum stainless steel, lowered the threshold. The former sells for 16,300 Swiss francs, while the latter costs only 13,700 Swiss francs. It is also paired with the now very popular ‘Royal Blue’ dial, which makes people want to move.