When is a Rolex not a Rolex? And no the answer isn’t, when it’s a Tudor. Today, we’re actually talking about the Rolex Cellini replica watch – the most un-Rolex looking watch around.
According to Rolex, this Rolex Cellini replica watch was a collection that was developed as a celebration of Benvenuto Cellini, a goldsmith and musician who was patronised by Rome in the 1500s. Whatever the inspiration may be, what is certain is that these Rolex Cellini replica watches don’t really seem to share much DNA with their other Rolex brethren. There is none of the sporty aesthetic of the Oyster or Submariner, or even the more dressy Datejust or DayDate, this is a really old-school dress watch, pure and simple.
Although based on an existing line – this Rolex Cellini replica watch is all new; new case, new sizes. This feels like Rolex’s way of entering the evening watch arena. This three-hand, time-only version with a black dial and white gold case really showcases the elegant lines of the watch. This iteration is slightly larger than its predecessors at 39mm,
The minute track, which is usually on the outside edge of the Rolex Cellini replica watch dial, here bisects the indicies, which some have argued looks a little fussy, though we think it adds an element of design interest to what could be a very pedestrian dial. It also has a water resistance to 50m thanks to the screwdown crown and double bezel – though we’re not sure how comfortable you’d feel splashing about in this number. We also love the elongated Roman numeral at 12, three, six and nine. It’s a clever Deco-esque touch that lifts the design into the realms of really cool.
On the wrist, the Rolex Cellini replica watch looks like the watch you wish you could have found in your grandparent’s dressing table. There is a vintage feel but, by taking everything back to its simplest form, you lose the watch’s ability to date, which means that it also manages to feel fresh and contemporary too.
This Rolex Cellini replica watch is unashamedly a dress watch, so no jeans and trainers. You really need to rise to the occasion here so classic evening wear, luxurious fabrics and whatever you have in your wardrobe that is impossibly chic would work well here. Think classic Elizabeth Taylor or Audrey Hepburn in a sophisticated little black dress and plenty of diamonds and you’ll be on the right lines.