C ONQUERING EVEREST: REACHING THE SUMMIT OF THE WORLD
Since the 1930s, climbers on the Himalayan peaks have relied on Rolex wristwatches when tackling one of Earth’s most extreme environments. Sir John Hunt’s expedition to Mount Everest in 1953, on which Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first men to summit the world’s highest mountain, was equipped with Oyster Perpetual watches. That same year, to honour this historic achievement, Rolex officially launched the Explorer model.
Oyster Perpetual Chronometer, 1953
U NDER THE POLE EXPEDITIONS: TURNING EXPLORATION INTO A WAY OF LIFE
Deepsea Under The Pole by Rolex, was a pioneering expedition undertaken in 2010 to learn more about the submerged side of the Arctic. During a combination of ski trekking and scuba diving in one of the toughest climates on the planet, the eight expedition members conducted scientific research and collected audio, photographic and video material of the hidden side of the polar ice cap.
At the helm of the expeditions, Ghislain Bardout and his wife, Emmanuelle Périé-Bardout, have turned their passion for exploration into a career and a way of life. In 2017, with Under The Pole III, the couple and their team plan to explore from the Arctic to the Antarctic, to better understand the ocean’s role in climate equilibrium, bioluminescence, improving underwater exploration techniques and encouraging future generations to do the same.
D AVID DOUBILET: PHOTOGRAPHING WHAT LIES BENEATH
American David Doubilet is one of the world’s best known and respected underwater photographers. He began snorkelling off the New Jersey coast at the age of 8 and at 12 began shooting underwater, using a Brownie Hawkeye camera. He published his first article in National Geographic in 1971 and continues to contribute exquisite images to the magazine.
Explorer, artist, marine naturalist and protector of the oceans, he has written a dozen books on the sea. Doubilet’s lens has captured all the planet’s seas, his images feeding the public’s fascination for ocean life while encouraging its preservation.
S YLVIA EARLE: AN OCEAN PIONEER AND HER MISSION OF HOPE
T HE TRIESTE: A JOURNEY TO THE OCEAN’S DEEPEST POINT
In 1960, the Swiss-designed bathyscaphe Trieste, piloted by Swiss oceanographer Jacques Piccard and United States Navy lieutenant Don Walsh, carried an experimental Oyster watch, the Deep Sea Special, fixed to its exterior as it descended to a record depth of 10,916 metres in the Pacific Ocean’s Mariana Trench. Reaching the area known as Challenger Deep and discovering creatures never seen before, the dive marked a milestone for deep-sea exploration.
J AMES CAMERON: A FILM‑MAKER AND EXPLORER TAKES ON A DEEP-SEA CHALLENGE
In 2012, James Cameron journeyed to the bottom of the world, the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean, becoming the first person to complete the dive since 1960 and the only individual to do so in a solo vessel. The Canadian descended almost 11 kilometres in his submersible DEEPSEA CHALLENGER, then spent several hours on the ocean floor gathering high-resolution 3D images and samples for the scientific community that have led to at least 68 new species being identified.
Although best known as a film-maker, Cameron is an intrepid explorer, inventor and creator of cutting-edge technology.