A closer look at the Rolex Yacht-Master 42
The Oysterflex rubber strap is extremely comfortable thanks to a layer of padding on the inside, and it extends right up to the case in a way that you can also see on the Rolex Yacht-Master in Everose rose gold. The maxi dots on the dial have grown in proportion to the larger diameter, ensure a balanced, harmonious appearance.
The Yacht-Master 42 is equipped with a bezel of matt black ceramic that can be rotated in both directions. The colour of the bezel and the shiny black dial are perfectly coordinated, giving the watch a feeling of effortless grace and style. The Rolex Yacht-Master 42's white gold casing is the luxurious finishing touch to this carefully thought out design.
In contrast to the previous models, the Yacht-Master 42 has no red or blue colour accents. Instead, the dial opts for a pared back palette. The numbers are in white, providing a sharp contrast to the shiny black dial without being too intrusive.
Luxury materials paired with technical sophistication
The watch case and clasp of the Yacht-Master 42 are made of 18 carat white gold. This use of precious metal contrasts strongly with the utility-inspired Oysterflex strap. And while the white gold is satisfyingly heavy, the rubber bracelet provides an enjoyably light, pleasant feeling on the wrist. The clasp features innovative Glidelock technology, enabling fine adjustments to the fit in 2.5 mm increments.
The 3235 movement
Rolex equipped the Yacht-Master 42 with a next generation mechanism, the 3235 movement. Its presence is signalled by the crown slotted discreetly between the words "Swiss Made" at six o'clock. The movement has a power reserve of around 70 hours, and it comes with the new Chronergy escapement and Parachrom Bleu hairspring.
So far, the Yacht Master series has been one of the more under-appreciated collections from the Geneva-based watchmaker. But thanks to its simple yet distinctive design and state of the art technology, the Rolex Yacht-Master 42 has what it takes to be a classic.