For more than a century, Rolex stands apart as the most coveted and most legendary brand of watches in the world. A Rolex connotes many things: the quintessence of the luxury timepiece, a tool of power for movers and shakers, the symbol of passage into adulthood. New labels pop up, styles come and go, but the brand at the top never changes. Ever the record setter—the Daytona that had belonged to Paul Newman was auctioned by Phillips in New York in October 2017 for $17.8 million—it comes as no surprise that Rolex is the most collected watch label in the world.
The history of Rolex is rooted in the visionary spirit of its founder, Hans Wilsdorf. In 1905, young Wilsdorf founded a company in London for the distribution of timepieces, but his true dream was to produce wristwatches—in their infancy at the time, and not very precise—that would be technically durable and reliable, and supremely elegant. The company first concentrated on producing the highest quality movements, and this quest for precision rapidly led to the first wristwatch in the world to receive the Swiss Certificate of Chronometric Precision, granted by the Official Watch Rating Centre in Bienne in 1910. Four years later, Kew Observatory in Great Britain awarded a Rolex watch a class A certificate, a distinction that had been previously reserved exclusively for marine chronometers.
From that date forward, the Rolex wristwatch has been synonymous with precision. Over the last 100 years, Rolex milestones include: the first waterproof watch, the first self-winding mechanism, the first wristwatch to fly over Mt. Everest, the first diver’s watch waterproof to 100 meters, the first to withstand magnetic fields of 1,000 gauss, the first to descend the Mariana Trench.
Selected by specialist Fabienne Reybaud, each of the exceptional Rolex watch models in this beautiful handcrafted Ultimate Collection volume showcase the most valuable and technically innovative models the luxury watchmaker has produced, including watches never seen in print before: From the first wristwatch dating to the early 1900s and the first Oyster Perpetual from 1931, to an Explorer worn during Sir Edmund Hillary’s expedition to the summit of Mt. Everest in 1953 and the Submariner worn by actor George Lazenby in the James Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, they are sure to astonish collectors the world over.
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If you would like to buy art prints online in Australia but need some assistance in selecting and sizing the artwork to suit your space, why not let us lend you our expertise? Lyons Gallery's knowledgeable curator is available to guide you through our collection, answer any questions you have while assisting you to select and size editions before you buy artwork online from our website. We understand that when you buy art online it can be an overwhelming process and our unique curatorial service means that you don’t have to go-it-alone.
Every Lyons Gallery consultation has one goal in mind; working with you to select artwork that is perfect for you. Our creativity and experience in photography help our clients achieve their vision through a thoughtful and proven selection process. When you are looking to buy art photography prints in Sydney, why not set up an appointment at our gallery for some 1-on-1 time with Sandra our head curator. Our gallery is located at 248 Glenmore Road, in Paddington’s Five Ways precinct. Enjoy the current exhibition while Sandra & Mr Lyons personally guides you through the gallery and our online portfolio of collections. We’ll discuss your options, show you sample collections and once we’ve tailored the ideal selection with you, place your order and organise all the logistics. To schedule an appointment with us simply follow the link on our homepage or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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When you buy limited edition prints online from our website, we issue you with a Certificate of Authenticity signed and dated by the gallery. This certificate serves as a Letter of Provenance for the artwork and indicates the specific edition number of the print purchased.
There are several different print processes and in the case of our limited editions, the printing technique or ‘type’ depends on the artist and artwork. The specific print ’type’ is indicated on our website. In each and every case we use the highest quality archival papers, pigments and inks to ensure that our limited editions are created to museum standard.