Ask a watch buff to name his favourite Rolex and you are likely to be inundated by the usual roll-call of Submariners, Day-Dates or Daytonas. So what to make of the classically poised Cellini?Explore the Rolex men’s watch collection of prestigious, high precision timepieces. Rolex offers a wide assortment of classic and Professional watch models for men to suit any wrist. Discover the broad selection of Rolex watches for men: a perfect combination of style and functionality.
The collection, which is recognised by its more formal aesthetic, compared to the rest of Rolex’s tool-watch repertoire, is usually – and unfairly – overlooked. Named after the famed renaissance sculptor, Benvenuto Cellini, the first Cellini was unveiled in 1970 at Baselworld, and subsequently relaunched in 2014, anchoring Rolex’s dress watch offerings ever since.
Although most Cellini models are distinguished by a sense of quiet luxury, there are a few exceptions that tease with a bit more flaunt factor, such as this Cellini Moonphase from 2017.
Embellished with all the aforementioned classic features that make the watch such a gorgeous dress watch, the Cellini Moonphase also boasts a white lacquer dial with a blue enamelled disc at six o’clock. The moonphase displays shows the full moon and the new moon, the former depicted by a meteorite appliqué and the latter by a silver ring. A date ring on the outer dial completes the look, elevating the poetic complication with a highly practical display.
The Cellini Moonphase may appear dapper and gentlemanly, clad in a not-too-large 39mm Everose gold case that pairs perfectly with a well-cut shirt, but its performance is nothing to scoff at. The watch is driven by an automatic movement that bears Rolex’s Superlative Chronometry certification, which deviates at just -2/+2 seconds per day and comes with international five-year warranty.
Bearing a classic round case, svelte dauphine hands and slim baton indexes, the Cellini is hardly the most outlandish Rolex you will buy – but it certainly ranks among the brand’s most elegant creations. And while Rolex’s design signatures abound (if you know where to look), such as the fluted bezel, and the unmissable logos at 12 o’clock and on the crown, the Cellini isn’t the sort of Rollie you should be looking at if you were after a status symbol. For everyone else who appreciates discreet luxury, this is a watch that speaks volumes about your taste and confidence.