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The year 2020 was special (to say the least) and, with the cancellation of Baselworld, Rolex had to introduce its new models – including the new Submariner 41mm – later in September. This year, which will see Rolex participating in Watches & Wonders for the first time, the normal rhythm of launches will be back, meaning that we’ll see a new collection in April 2021. And this also means for us, at MONOCHROME, that we’ve had to go back to the drawing board for what has become a classic instalment: the predictions. Following what we presented last year, we’ll start our Rolex Predictions 2021 with what we think will be the highlight of the year, a brand new Rolex Explorer II collection, updated with new mechanics and a brushed black ceramic bezel. 

Please note that this article is a figment of our imagination. These are just predictions. Nothing is official. It is based on our own expectations and analysis.

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Guessing what Rolex will launch has become a ritual for us and we enjoy doing these predictions as much as we imagine you like discovering them. However, we also like to take this rather seriously and we put quite a lot of effort into researching what could potentially be launched by the crown. Seeing the latest introductions from Rolex, it isn’t always easy and, indeed, the brand can sometimes be unpredictable… or highly traditional. For instance, last year’s Submariner collection was long expected and the result was certainly very conservative. So, what have we imagined for these Rolex Predictions 2021? Well, first of all, we won’t release them all at once but we’ll gradually show you during the coming week several models that could be presented this year. And we start today with a major one: a new Explorer II.


So, the big question: why a new Rolex Explorer II? The reason is pretty simple and two things can explain why we, at MONOCHROME, think 2021 will be the year of the Explorer. First of all, the original Rolex Explorer II, presented under the reference 1655, was introduced in 1971. This year, the model will celebrate its 50th anniversary and we know that Rolex, from time to time, likes to celebrate these jubilees and anniversaries to refresh a model.

The second reason is more strategic. Looking at the whole range of Rolex sports watches, you can see that most of them have been recently updated – Daytona in 2016, Sea-Dweller, Sky-Dweller and Yacht-Master II in 2017, GMT-Master II and DeepSea in 2018, Yacht-Master and GMT-Master II (again) in 2019, Submariner in 2020. This basically leaves two collections that haven’t been upgraded yet with the 32xx movements: the Milgauss and the Explorer (I and II). And this is also reflected in sales and desirability of these models, which are known to be less sought-after than most other sports watches at Rolex.

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As such, we think it’s about time for the brand to breathe some fresh air into the Explorer collection, starting with the Explorer II. What there can be doubt about concerning this potential update will be the integration of a new movement. The current Explorer II 216570 features a GMT function and is powered by the Calibre 3187, an update of the Calibre 3186 found in the older GMT-Master II (mostly with a larger diameter, due to the different date position). In the same vein, this new Explorer II could be equipped with an update of the Calibre 3285 found in the latest generation GMT-Master II models. Once again, it would be slightly larger and could be named Calibre 3287. It will be equipped with the new Chronergy escapement and an extended power reserve of about 70 hours. This update will be indicated on the dial with the new “Swiss Made” logo with a central coronet.

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But what about the design of the watch? For our Rolex Predictions 2021, we’ve imagined a relatively soft visual update. As such, the case would retain the current 42mm diameter, which separates this watch from the rest of the 40/41mm watches and adds an extra instrument feeling. The dial, still available in black or white, would also retain the same layout with bold hands and markers and, of course, the iconic orange dual-time hand. Rolex has proven to be quite shy regarding dials recently, with only minimal updates on the new Submariner or GMT-Master II. Also, the entirely brushed finishing of the case and bracelet would be retained.

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What could be updated on this 2021 Rolex Explorer II is the bezel. Being the 50th anniversary of the model, we’d like the brand to bring back the layout of the Ref. 1655, with thinner engravings. This means even time zones with numerals and odd time zones indicated by thin lines. But the main evolution would concern the material, as this watch could come with a non-rotating black ceramic bezel. Yet, because the radially brushed surface of the bezel has been part of this model since 1971, it makes sense to offer brushed and not polished ceramic – the latter would make this model too close to a GMT-Master II, and too luxurious too.


Monè Parrucchieri partner di Paillettes Sorridenti, il grandioso evento di sabato 26 settembre ideato da Tiziana Noia che unisce moda e sociale

Credo in quello che faccio e realizzo ciò che immaginoSimone Micarelli si presenta così ai nostri giornalisti che si sono recati stamattina nella Capitale e sono andati direttamente nel suo Salone MONE PARRUCCHIERI in zona Roma Nord per fare due chiacchiere con lui.

Il team Monè Parrucchieri è noto per aver preparato e curato il look di numerose star e personaggi. Simone ci ricorda alcuni nomi: Ornella Muti. Eliana Michelazzo. Selvaggia Roma. Tutte e tre per dei motivi ben precisi. Il passato, ricordi di attrici storiche segno di una generazione; altre per il cambiamento e modi differenti di approcciarsi alla visibilità social.

A proposito del mondo dello spettacolo, sta per arrivare sabato 26 settembre a Villa Dafne Majestic un appuntamento più che speciale nella Capitale dove Monè Parrucchieri sarà partner ufficiale. Si tratta del grandioso evento ideato da Tiziana Noia che unisce moda e sociale alla presenza di tanti Vip e personaggi provenienti dal giornalismo, dall’industria, dalla moda, dallo sport, “modelli per una sera”.

La solidarietà sfilerà dunque su una passerella speciale e la finalità sarà sostenere la raccolta fondi per l’Ospedale Spallanzani di Roma e l’Associazione Aihelpiu, che si occupa di fragilità nel senso più ampio del termine e collabora con il Carcere di Bollate e San Vittore .

“Un’iniziativa lodevole che io con il mio team abbiamo accolto immediatamente – Commenta Simone Micarelli titolare di Monè Parrucchieri prima di salutarci e tornare al Suo lavoro – C’è grande stima da parte mia per Tiziana, che conosco da tempo. E ‘una donna poliedrica e determinata che ormai da due anni ha fatto nascere questo meraviglioso evento e sono sicuro che ci stupirà come e più del solito. Io sarò nella squadra e sarà un vero piacere aiutarla nella migliore realizzazione della kermesse “.





Ancient Shrines And Temples Dot The Countryside

The history of Japan has similarities with northern Europe. Just as the northern Europeans derived much of their culture from Rome so the Japanese took a lot of theirs from the Chinese. This shows in the written language. It is totally different from Chinese. As a consequence, Chinese characters have to be supplemented by a syllabary (sort of alphabet) when used to write Japanese. The result is a complicated mess that has become even messier with the use of the Roman alphabet in recent years.

No matter where you go in Japan, you will find volcanoes.

Let’s examine the details in these most widely used software tools to provide concrete examples.

The Country Side

We stayed in country inns when we could find one and headed down into the valleys when we couldn’t. The valleys are packed with towns and there’s usually a mob of business hotels around the railway stations.

Fortunately, these settings can be shared across all of the Adobe applications to coordinate a consistent delivery of colour strategy. Define your settings in Photoshop, as this is the application with the largest number of options, to guarantee that all possible options have been set to your choices.

Launch Photoshop and, from the Edit menu, choose Color Settings. There are three main sections to the dialog window: Working Spaces, Color Management Policies, and Conversion Options. Change the Settings option above the Working Spaces panel to North American Prepress 2. This applies a set of defaults that are optimal for a print production workflow.

Walking the streets at night time

Once the profile is applied, what should we be looking for? Both on screen and when comparing hard-copy (printed) samples, there are specific areas of the image that should be checked. There is also industry-specific language used in describing colour appearance that it is helpful to be familiar with.

The areas of the image to pay special attention to are saturated colours, flesh tones, neutrals, and the highlights. Proof and print sample sheets will have four or five images that emphasize these areas along with tone ramps in the process and overprint colours. Focusing on these areas of interest will make it easiest to identify variation when checking for colour matching.

The display of autumn colours is spectacular
and city folk flock out to admire it.

The terminology that is often employed is colour cast, to indicate a shift toward a particular colour; heaviness, to suggest excessive tone (particularly in the highlights); dirty, to specify too much complementary colour resulting in greying; and flat, to describe a lack of contrast and/or saturation. Knowing the terminology will help you understand the comments your co-workers may make and will help remind you of the types of analysis you should be doing.

But How Do I Choose The Right Travel Insurance?

No one’s asking you to take a probiotic and an Airborne tablet for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and no one’s telling you to lock yourself inside your room, but some good planning can go a long way in ensuring that your fun trip is just that – fun!

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness.”

Mark Twain

Travel Insurance

It cannot be mentioned enough. It is extremely important that you purchase travel insurance.

Your host country will not let you die, but travel insurance will help protect you from thousands of dollars in hospital fees – your debt might even force you to cut your trip short and if that’s not a tragedy, I don’t know what is. But how do I choose the right travel insurance? This is really unique to the individual.

Even if you think you could never in a million years hit your head cliff jumping or contract a case of meningitis, buy travel insurance.

Be Aware Of Your Surroundings

We often hear stories of people getting pickpocketed or at the extreme – never being found, but most of the time, this is preventable. Read up on common scams in the country of your choice. This doesn’t mean that you can’t trust any local, but take a healthy amount of skepticism until you can.

Drink Within Reason And Have A Buddy

No one is telling you not to drink, but it is no secret that that fermented seductress called alcohol can often lower inhibitions and if too much is consumed, can cause you to lose control of yourself or forget what is happening.

“Once a year, go Some place you’ve Never been before.”

Dalai Lama

Drink, but make sure that you are in good company. Drink, but make sure you have a friend or two who won’t let you wander off with that “nice man”. Drink, but be smart about it.

How do I find the cheapest flights?

With some extra fact-checking on your part, you can save hundreds of dollars in tickets – and here’s how we think you should do it. First, start off comparing flight price aggregators Flight price aggregators such a Kayak or Skyscanner allow you to compare prices.

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness.”

Mark Twain


If it’s in the dead of winter, it might be best to hold off on Europe and similarly arctic climates like China or South Korea.

This might be the time to consider a jaunt in Southeast Asia where it’s warm all year round. Conversely, summer or spring might be a better time to head off to Europe (albeit a bit crowded) or stave off a trip to Southeast Asia or South America where temperatures reach unholy heights.

How much do you have to spend? Those with a bit more cash at the beginning might have a more comfortable time in Europe.

How long will your trip be?

Although it’s not impossible to backpack across Europe cheaply (You can – that’s why you’re reading this!), the dollar stretches much less there than in Southeast Asia. For those with less money and time, going somewhere a bit cheaper pays.

There are 196 countries in the world. Whether you are a seasoned veteran or a newly bitten by the travel bug, it can be difficult to decide where to go. Where you want to go first is widely dependent on your personal preferences.

“Once a year, go Some place you’ve Never been before.”

Dalai Lama


Ultimately, where do you want to go? If your dream has always been to see the Eiffel Tower or Angkor Wat, then go. You can make everything else fit.