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The New Rolex Yacht-Master Is Better Than Ever

An all-white version of the original is now available.
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Rolex is a universally desired brand, by watch fanatics, fledgling collectors, and people who know nothing about 'movements' alike. Take a glance at the new Yacht-Master 42, and it's easy to understand why. 

Unveiled at Baselworld 2019 (that's the big watch fair in which big brands launch their big pieces), the Yacht-Master 42 is a cut above the previous model in every way. Now, the sizeable watch clocks in at 42mmthat's slightly larger than its predecessorwith a very serious-looking matte black bezel. 

But the real standout? A lovely, 18-karat shiny, shiny white gold case. The precious metal, so often confused with stainless steel (reader: it is far from stainless steel) is a subtle way to flash without being flashy: quieter than yellow gold, and lighter than platinum.

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Better yet, all the hallmarks that made the original Yacht-Master great remain intact. That means you've the iconic Oysterflex bracelet, a Cerachrom insert to the dial, and indices finished with Chromalight: the Rolex-produced bright blue luminescent treatment that helps in darker settings. 

It's a rare achievement that Rolex has got just right. But then again, they always do.

This story originally appeared on Esquire.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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