The date could be read by assessing the windows over the hour markers; because there are 12 weeks in a year, you can easily tell what month it is in the position of the reddish month mark. From the watch envisioned, the 12th month — December — is indicated by the place of the red month mark at 12:00. Reading house time is straightforward too; it’s display by the rotating 24 hour ring that sits in the lower 2/3 of the dial (the triangle in 12:00 indicates the hour). This has the benefit of showing whether it is AM or PM at home. The annual calendar is connected to local time, which can be revealed by the hour, so that the date displayed (assuming you’ve set the time correctly forwards or backward for the new time zone) will be correct for your local time zone.The overall fit and finish of the dial and case, incidentally, is extremely good; even under magnification the dial markers, numbers and hands are crisply defined, with irreproachable focus on detail. Rolex’s situation and dial work is as uniformly excellent throughout its product lines as anything in the industry and what is equally as important, this excellence is consistent from watch to watch, and contributes greatly to the favorable feeling Rolex watches generally appear to make. I am always struck by this whenever I handle one for review even with Rolex versions I would not always wear on a daily basis, for reasons of flavor or practicality or cost, the general sense of outstanding build quality one gets is extremely large, from the humblest Oyster Perpetual into the most opulent Day-Date. One of the most vital ways in which any luxury brand can keep faith with its customers is in paying just as much attention to the details in its cheapest products as in its expensive, and Rolex is one of the very few watch businesses I have written about over the years, for which this has always appeared to be authentic.
The machine is definitely mechanically complex, but it’s quite straightforward and easy in use. You can truly feel the job of the bezel as you move it thanks to quite pleasantly engineered detents in every one of the setting places, and the entire system is not only gratifying to work with, but a great deal of fun as well, and unlike anything you’ll find from another brand. You also get a much cleaner case than you would if there were outside pushers for setting the calendar or the local time, and greater ease of use than if you’d like to use a stylus for recessed pushers.On both occasions that I’ve needed a Sky-Dweller from Rolex to get a test drive, I’ve been able to select the watch on a test flight — this time, a fast business trip to London. Preparing the watch was very straightforward, and, like I’ve said, fun too. As I expected, in white and steel gold that the Sky-Dweller feels very different from the blunt opulence of this Everose version, and as it is lighter than the white gold variant, it surely seems less ostentatious. I really don’t understand that the Sky-Dweller would feel especially functional even in steel-only (though I think it could be good to have a metal version of the watch) as it’s too large, and also brightly polished to endeavor the tool-watch bluntness of some other Rolex sports models, but you certainly do not feel like mogul’d up as you would with something in yellow gold or Everose. And of course, the white and steel gold model is virtually entirely steel anyway.Putting on the Rolesor version of the Sky-Dweller has been a really different experience from placing on the Everose variation I wore for our last Week On Your Wrist with this particular model. The Rolesor variation on a bracelet, as a result of the normally less extroverted character, feels to me, and will, I guess, feel to anyone who travels primarily for business rather than pleasure, much lower secret; it’s a much less a status-in-the-lounge and a standing-in-line-at-a-security-checkpoint kind of watch (and I mean that in a fantastic way).
The truth is that when the watch is installed, you are just not going to need to touch the Ring Control Bezel that often, which given how enjoyable it’s to use is practically a shame. You’ll need to bear in mind that position 2 is for resetting the time when you fly and you will also need to remember that place 1 is for setting the date when you reach the end of February, but that’s after annually. And, evidently, the only time you’ll work with position 3 is if for any reason you haven’t worn the watch for longer than 72 hours and you need to re-set the moment. You probably won’t need to do this quite often, either, at least not if your Sky-Dweller performs such as mine — more than a week and a half that it obtained maybe half a second a day, even if that.Interestingly enough, there aren’t many annual calendar watches with GMT complications on the market, which is not surprising given that the yearly calendar is itself a somewhat rare complication (there are in fact significantly fewer annual than perpetual calendars on the market in any given year). The Sky-Dweller, of the two, is the larger watch (that the Blancpain is 11.04mm x 40mm) and the more outgoing of the two and if you enjoy interacting with a machine which revels in its own machine-ness, the Sky-Dweller’s your baby.
|Location||United States of America, Florida, Miami|
|Power reserve||72 h|
|Number of jewels||40|
|Case diameter||42 mm|
|Material bezel||Yellow gold|
|Dial numerals||No numerals|
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