THE FOUNDING VISION OF HANS WILSDORF
THE CARDINAL VALUES OF THE ROLEX MANUFACTURE
Every Rolex watch is designed, produced and tested with constant attention to the tiniest of details. This ‘superlative’ approach is expressed through several fundamental qualities that characterize every Rolex watch: precision, waterproofness, autonomy, robustness, simplicity, craftsmanship, comfort and durability. These major technical and aesthetic principles have always guided the work of the Rolex Manufacture. They promise the wearer the experience of an exceptional watch, whose features express unique expertise.
A SUPERLATIVE APPROACH TO WATCHMAKING
On their dials, Rolex watches are inscribed with the word ‘Superlative’. This designation confirms that every watch leaving the Manufacture’s workshops has passed a series of particularly demanding tests conducted by Rolex in its own laboratories, according to its own, very particular criteria. These tests not only apply to the calibre, but to the fully assembled watch after casing the movement, guaranteeing superlative performance on the wrist in terms of chronometric precision, waterproofness, self-winding and power reserve.
MORE THAN A CERTIFICATION, A STATE OF MIND
By extension, all the components of a Rolex watch can be described as ‘superlative’. In fact, every one of them is subjected to continuous, rigorous checks, from its design to its final assembly. The term ‘superlative’ therefore refers to much more than a chronometric certification. It expresses a state of mind that permeates every department of the company and drives every individual working for Rolex, whatever their role.
INNOVATION IN MOTION
Exceptional performance is achieved through constant industrial and human effort, based on a permanent questioning of what has been learned and the constant improvement of techniques, tools and tests. This innovation is inherent to the brand, as evidenced by the more than 600 patent applications filed by Rolex since its creation.
INTEGRATING ALL AREAS OF EXPERTISE
By progressively integrating all areas of watchmaking expertise within its Manufacture, Rolex is able to impose its own rules and perpetuate its quest for excellence. The choice of autonomy has shaped the identity of a brand that lives at the crossroads of fine tradition and state-of-the-art technology. It translates in its four production sites, all located in Switzerland, bringing together more than 9,000 employees.