What is the best way to describe the Rolex Sky-Dweller? We’d try something along the lines of, “a watch that appears classy and simple but has much more to offer.” Rolex introduced the Sky-Dweller in 2012. At first glance, this timepiece looks like a blend of other iconic Rolex models, including the Datejust and perhaps the Yacht-Master. Although the fluted bezel, Jubilee bracelet, and circle on the dial are indeed familiar features, it’s the combination of these details that sets the Sky-Dweller apart from anything else in the Rolex catalog. To start, the Rolex Sky-Dweller has an annual calendar. This means that the owner only has to correct the date once a year (at the end of February). For the rest of the year, the watch “knows” the difference between months with 30 or 31 days. The date is at 3 o’clock and the month is displayed above the numerals on the dial in the small squares that resemble indices. Furthermore, it has a second time zone indicator in the center of the dial.
Enthusiast’s Corner: Rare and Exceptional Timepieces
Richard Mille RM 010
Richard Mille timepieces are one of the hottest commodities on the market right now – and rightfully so. Their watches put a fresh, modern twist on an age-old design: the tonneau case. However, this is just part of the reason for their success. RM timepieces are big, bold, and often housed in precious metal cases with state-of-the-art watch technology. This model, the RM 010 came to the market in 2006. Like many of their other creations, Richard Mille took inspiration from aerospace and automotive technologies, making the RM 010 the perfect blend of looks and engineering. Its 39-mm case is a modest size, and the thick sides and black skeleton dial shrink the watch even more, at least optically. The futuristic look, the 21st-century movement, and the rubber strap are all modern features. All in all, the Richard Mille RM 010 is a very cool watch that is extremely wearable and due to its size, won’t stand out too much – at least compared to other RM creations.
Iconic Timepieces: Great Value for Money
Patek Philippe Ref. 5270P
When the average watch fan hears the name Patek Philippe, the first model that probably comes to mind is the Nautilus, and understandably so. The watch is iconic and the flagship of the brand. However, if you’ve learned a bit more about Patek Philippe, then you’ll know that they have much more to offer than one quirky time-only watch. Patek’s hallmark timepieces are arguably perpetual calendar chronographs, such as the ref. 5270P. This is a beautiful 40-mm timepiece in a platinum case with a salmon dial. The dial might look busy at first, but it’s perfectly proportioned. The time is easy to read, every feature is accessible, and it has a harmonious overall look. The chronograph complication works like any other with two pushers, subdials at 3 and 9 o’clock, and a central chronograph hand. There is also a perpetual calendar with a moon phase display. What else could you want from a Patek Philippe? Well, a GMT function would be nice, but let’s not get greedy. The Patek Philippe ref. 5270P is a well-balanced masterpiece and among the crème de la crème of fine Swiss watchmaking.