Monterey, California, may already be humming with classic cars this week, but prestigious vehicles aren’t the only fine machines worth gawking at during this year’s Monterey Car Week—especially when Rolex is involved. In addition to serving as the official sponsor of the Monterey Motorsports Reunion and the official timepiece of The Quail, the watch brand is also honoring winners of a troika of competitions with two different Rolex watches. The finest? This year’s new Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 41, for the winner of this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
The Oyster Perpetual Datejust has a rich history and is among one of the more coveted styles Rolex has ever created. A modern interpretation of the original Oyster, unveiled in the 1920s as the first proven water resistant watch, the 2016 edition carries the same high-tech spirit as previous Perpetual Datejust timepieces, with a few new upgrades, including the new in-house-made Caliber 3235, a self-winding mechanical movement. Boasting 14 patents, the movement is made up of new technologies and materials, including a high-tech blue Parachrom hairspring and the brand’s new Chronergy escapement, which offers higher energy efficiency. It’s also made of nickel-phosphorous to make it anti-magnetic, equipped with a perpetual rotor, and offers 70 hours of power reserve. Crafted in stainless steel with an Everose (Rolex’s proprietary pink gold alloy) fluted bezel and Everose center links on the Jubilee five-piece solid link bracelet, the watch is water resistant to 100 meters and carries the brand’s Superlative Chronometer certification.
With enough bells and whistles to give even the finest classic cars a run for their money, this timepiece is nothing short of a grand prize. $13,050; rolex.com.