ROLEX CELEBRATES SPORTING EXCELLENCE IN THE WORLD OF MOTOR SPORT

Geneva, Thursday 01 December 2016 – Rolex, the leading brand of the Swiss
watch industry, will celebrate the culmination of a thrilling year of motor sport at the
2016 FIA Prize-Giving Ceremony in Vienna on Friday 02 December. Given Rolex’s
passion for excellence, performance, and precision, Rolex naturally gravitates
towards the world of motor sport and is proud to be a major force at play behind the
sport’s finest events and drivers.

ROLEX CELEBRATES SPORTING EXCELLENCE IN THE WORLD OF MOTOR SPORT

2016 FIA WORLD ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP

The 24 Hours of Le Mans remains the jewel in the crown of the FIA World
Endurance Championship thanks to its unique heritage and the fact that it offers
drivers double Championship points. The last two laps of the Rolex countdown clock
at Circuit de la Sarthe this year were arguably the most memorable in recent history,
with the #5 Toyota TS050 Hybrid unexpectedly stopping on the penultimate lap
allowing rival, Neel Jani in the #2 Porsche 919 Hybrid to pass and take the historic
chequered flag. This famous victory for Neel Jani and his team-mates, Romain
Dumas and Marc Lieb, along with their triumph at the 6 Hours of Silverstone in April
and subsequent consistency throughout the season, gave them an unassailable lead
in the FIA World Endurance Championship. The Porsche trio were then able to seal
the drivers’ title at the final race of the year in Bahrain.

ROLEX CELEBRATES SPORTING EXCELLENCE IN THE WORLD OF MOTOR SPORT
ROLEX CELEBRATES SPORTING EXCELLENCE IN THE WORLD OF MOTOR SPORT

ABOUT ROLEX

Rolex, the leading brand of the Swiss watch industry, is headquartered in Geneva
and enjoys an unrivalled reputation for quality and expertise the world over. Its
Oyster watches, all certified as Superlative Chronometers for their precision,
performance and reliability, are symbols of excellence, elegance and prestige.
Founded by Hans Wilsdorf in 1905, the brand pioneered the development of the
wristwatch and is at the origin of numerous major watchmaking innovations,
such as the Oyster, the first waterproof wristwatch, launched in 1926, and the
Perpetual rotor self-winding mechanism invented in 1931. Rolex has registered
over 400 patents in the course of its history. A truly integrated and independent
manufacturing company, Rolex designs, develops and produces all the essential
components of its watches in-house, from the casting of the gold alloys to the
machining, crafting, assembly and finishing of the movement, case, dial and
bracelet. Rolex is also actively involved in supporting the arts, sports, exploration,
the spirit of enterprise, and the environment through a broad palette of sponsoring
activities, as well as philanthropic programmes.