What to expect at the ‘Rolex – A Watch Born to Explore’ exhibition in KL

The exhibition will cover the remarkable story behind the creation of the Explorer, a watch born from the first successful ascent of Mount Everest.

Oyster Perpetual Explorer

For the past century, Rolex has taken pride in being a part of the world’s greatest adventures, from deep sea diving to mountain hiking. To celebrate this legacy, The Hour Glass and Rolex will be holding an exhibition titled ‘A Watch Born to Explore’ for the first time in Malaysia next month.

The exhibition will cover the remarkable story behind the creation of the Explorer, a watch born from the first successful ascent of Mount Everest by an expedition equipped with Rolex Oyster Perpetual watches in 1953.

Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay were equipped with the Rolex Oyster Perpetual watches when climbing Mount Everest in 1953.

Visitors can anticipate an awe-inspiring journey through over a dozen other high-altitude expeditions where some of the world’s bravest explorers ventured to the most hostile terrains on earth – armed with Rolex Oyster Perpetual watches for support – via illustrated panels and films at the exhibition.

These excursions have, in turn, provided valuable feedback to the brand to develop special features that allow the Oyster Perpetual Explorer to adapt to the needs of explorers. To highlight this, visitors can explore how the watch is designed to be robust with contrasting aesthetics that aid legibility and most importantly, tells time accurately – no matter the conditions.

Moreover, the exhibition will showcase the evolution of the Explorer over the years, including a reinterpretation in 1971 that resulted in the Explorer II. This became the watch companion of numerous speleologists, volcanologists and voyages of every corner of the globe.

Oyster Perpetual Explorer II

Not only is Rolex devoted to help adventurers on their respective missions with the range of Explorer watches, it is also committed to ensure that the beauty of this planet is preserved for the bold to keep on exploring. Thus, the manufacturer has joined forces with like-minded individuals and organisations to foster future generations of explorers, under the banner of Perpetual Planet.

Mark your calendars for 14th February to 23rd February at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur’s Centre Court to discover the Rolex Explorer watches and the world of discovery it stands for.

Photos: Rolex

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