The folks at Rolex weren't too keen on keeping secrets. Rumors have been flying around that the behemoth of a Swiss company had already filed for a trademark on the name "Sky Dweller" a fews week prior to Baselworld. Now that the horological world is on a standstill for the entire exhibition, Rolex had indeed released a new piece in their collection. It is almost crazy to think that such a brand who is so conservative in their styles, and the way they make simple adjustments to their existing collections to make a new watch, would be releasing an entirely new piece of micro engineering beauty. Introducing, the new Rolex Sky-Dweller and what better way to introduce the entire thing than to show a video release of it, coming from Rolex themselves.
From the initial looks of it, it seems that the Sky Dweller is sort of a mixture between a standard Date Just II and a GMT Master. With its Roman numerals marking and a dual timezone, it is indeed that the Sky Dweller will probably be replacing the GMT Master as the dedicated Pilot watch for Rolex. The Sky Dweller is a first from Rolex to have an Annual Calendar, meaning it will be able to distinguish between a 30-day month from a 31-day month with the exception of February (We leave that to the whizzes from Patek Philippe.) With the new Annual Calendar complication, comes with a new in-house movement, the caliber 9001. Also, Rolex has equipped the piece with a rotatable bezel, that allows setting of the date, local time or reference time, in which they call it the "Ring Command". The piece will be available in white gold, yellow gold and Everose gold. As with most Rolex releases, we expect the steel version to be coming out next year.
Tissot, the world's largest watch producer, currently own by the Swatch conglomerate is giving us a short tease on probably Tissot's finest. Not just finest for Baselworld 2012, but also one of the most sought after Tissot watches in the vintage scene. Tissot teases us with a piece from its vast heritage of watches. A few weeks to go before Basel and we got ourselves the Tissot Heritage PR516. A tribute and homage to the original PR516. The entire piece looks exceptionally good retaining the original markings, sized at 40mm and with a sapphire case back to showcase the automatic movement of the watch. The piece will be available in steel or PVD gold with the option to choose from a racing leather strap or a steel big hole bracelet. Stay tune for more until the official unveiling in Basel.