Rolex Continues The Subtle Art Of Evolution In All Of Its New 2021 Models

Rolex Continues The Subtle Art Of Evolution In All Of Its New 2021 Models

Martin Green
By Martin Green April 15, 2021

Rolex has always been a brand that honors evolution. For this, they have a good reason given the fact that many, if not all, of their watches have become the benchmark in their category. In 2021, they further refine their offerings, proving that evolution can be very exciting.

With the latest generation, the Explorer returns once again to its original 36mm diameter. Powered by caliber 3230, it makes for a refined sports watch that you can take to the end of the earth (and back) but which equally well goes with a suit and tie. Rolex underscores this versatility by making the new Explorer also available in Rolesor, meaning that the case and bracelet combine stainless steel with gold.

Those looking for a slightly larger, yet equally robust watch, will be well served with the Explorer II, of which Rolex also introduced a new generation. Measuring 42mm in diameter does it offer plenty of room to display two timezones, thanks to its characteristic set of hands. Rolex has optimized the Chromalight display, which means that the numerals glow bright blue in low light conditions, but look remarkably white otherwise. Performance and precision are ensured by caliber 3285, with automatic winding and patented Chronergy escapement.

What a difference a dial can make becomes especially clear with the new Datejust 36. Rolex has a rich tradition in creating a wide variety of dials, in particular for their Datejust and Day-Date collections. They do so in-house, as they have their own dial manufacture. This also enables them to make the new palm motif, for which a special laser was utilized. Just as the new fluted dial motif adds this one an extra layer of depth and refinement to the watch.

New dials were also in the stars for the Daytona. Quite literally, as they are made from meteorite. The distinct pattern of these rocks from space, which becomes visible after they have been cut and treated with acid, gives the Daytona extra appeal and makes this chronograph even more exclusive than it already was. Rolex is offering these new dials on the white gold model with Oysterflex bracelet, as well as on the yellow and Everose gold models with matching bracelets.


Rolex and diamonds have become synonymous for decades, and it is a tradition the brand is continuing with great passion and expertise. This year the brands plays with colors, as it launches the Day-Date 36 on an alligator leather strap with a pave-set case, dial, and bracelet. Available in either yellow, white, or Everose-gold, each featuring Roman numerals in a distinct color, do they put pave-set watches once again firmly on the map.  Their appearance is, thanks to the bold use of colors, rich, eyecatching and also refreshingly modern.

For ladies who enjoy a watch with a full pave setting has Rolex the new 28 mm Lady-Datejust. Fitted with perpetual caliber 2236, does this watch feature a case, bezel, dial, and bracelet, set with brilliant-cut diamonds in yellow-gold. Rolex opted for the most traditional of all colors gold, which gives the watch a classic appearance. Subtle details make all the difference, not only the perfectly set diamonds, but also the black Roman numerals, which seem to float above the dials. It gives the watch an undeniable luxurious appearance, as only Rolex can.