Watches & Wonders was on a whole new level in terms of hot releases this year. The event, which took place in Geneva, brought together the watch industry's biggest names to display their newest timepieces.
This year's big announcement was a Destro GMT-Master II. Rolex's Destro GMT-Master II is the first time a Destro Rolex was marketed into the main lineup. It borrows a familiar winning color scheme found in Cerachrom ceramic "Kermit/Starbucks" Submariner but adapts it for the GMT platform with a Green/Black bezel. The significant change is relocating the crown and date window to the 9 o'clock position. This alteration will allow right-hand wearers to access the crown.
Hypebeast engaged with Bob's Watches, Gray & Patina, and Fog City Vintage to see if Rolex's left-hand crown watches were a hit or miss. Most of the outcomes were praise, especially for the company's innovative move.
Paul Altieri (Bob's Watches) regarded Rolex as a marketing genius that knows how to get everyone talking. Grey Menard (Gray & Patina) thought the idea was excellent—a "bold but safe" risk. He also thought left-handed watches should be made more often.
Altieri doubts Rolex will start making left-handed watches a significant portion of its future offering. However, Tim Bender, founder of Fog City Vintage, believes the opposite to be true.