Timezone Features October 16, 2013 Timezone Feature
Messr. Raymond Weil is the company’s founder and remains its Chairman and honorary President. His vision of an independent, family-run Geneva watch company continues through the management by his son-in-law (Olivier Bernheim) and two grandsons (Pierre and Elie Bernheim).
For 2013, Raymond Weil expands its mechanical watch offerings for both ladies and men. The aesthetics lean towards conservative, classical designs. Housing modified Sellita movements, the value priced mechanical timepieces generally range from $1,500 to $3,000.
Freelancer Automatic Chronograph, ref. 7730
The Freelancer collection name is an homage to Messr. Weil’s vision to remain independent. The latest Freelancer Automatic Chronograph features a 42mm stainless steel case, black dial with day-date, garnet red highlights, and stainless steel bracelet with deployment. The timepiece is fitted with the caliber RW 5000, which is a modified Sellita SW 500 automatic chronograph movement (based on the ETA 7750). The 25-jewel movement has a 46-hour power reserve.
Freelancer Automatic Chronograph, ref. 7730-STC-20041
25-jewel RW 5000 automatic chronograph movement (modified Sellita SW 500)
Maestro Automatic Chronograph, ref. 4830
The Maestro Automatic Chronograph is a traditional, elegantly designed two-register chronograph with a silver dial. The 41.5mm stainless steel case is also available with a rose gold PVD coating. The timepiece houses the caliber RW 7230 automatic chronograph movement with 38-hour power reserve.
Maestro Automatic Chronograph
Maestro Automatic Chronograph with rose gold PVD, 4830-PC5-05658
Maestro Automatic Chronograph stainless steel, 4830-ST-05659
Nabucco Chronograph Open Balance Wheel, ref. 7830
TimeZone was given an exclusive look at the sporty Nabucco Open Balance Wheel, a 46mm black-PVD titanium chronograph with a dial window that exposes the movement’s balance wheel and escape wheel. The watch is fitted on an embossed rubber strap. The timepieces houses the 29-jewel caliber RW 5400 automatic chronograph movement with 46-hour power reserve.
Nabucco Open Balance Wheel, ref. 7830-BK-05207
Open dial reveals the balance wheel and escape wheel
29-jewel caliber RW 5400 automatic chronograph movement
Lady Maestro Phase de Lune
The Lady Maestro Phase de Lune is Raymond Weil’s first ladies complication. This ladies moon phase is housed in a unique and patented case with the quickset date pushers integrated at 4 and 8 o’clock. The 36mm stainless steel case features a white mother-of-pearl dial, and a choice of bezel with or without diamonds. The timepiece houses the 27-jewel caliber RW 4520 automatic movement.
Lady Maestro Phase de Lune
27-jewel caliber RW 4520 automatic movement with moonphase indicator
Lady Automatic Open Freelancer
This new monochrome Lady Automatic Open Freelancer features an open dial to reveal the balance and escape wheel at 12 o’clock. The black dial is printed in concentric dots pattern that complements the black diamond bezel. The stainless steel case is finished with a matte black PVD coating. The timepiece pulls together the understated look with a galuchat-like calf strap that utilises Raymond Weil’s patented quick-change strap system. This strap system makes it quick and simple to change straps without tools, and yet the strap remains secure while wearing it on the wrist.