Raymond Weil left the horological world four years ago, but his legacy—the brand he named after himself—lives on. The Swiss watchmaker had a rocky start as his business began during the quartz crisis, one of the most critical times in the industry, but he was willing to prove that they could match what is being offered by those threatening Swiss watchmaking: a luxurious timepiece without the need to burn a hole in one’s pocket. His perseverance led to his name being revered as among the best horology has to offer, with him often taking inspiration from music, another of his life’s passions.
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Release date: 2010
Retail Price: US$1,595.00
Raymond Weil’s Maestro is among those reflecting the founder’s love for music. First introduced in 2010, the line pays tribute to the maestro, which can be the composer or the conductor. One could interpret this as being translated into the beautiful wavy lines that adorn the dial or the heart-shaped hole by the 12 ‘o clock index that teases with the automatic movement. Nevertheless, it proves that a timepiece can be measured as precisely as musical notes and evoke as much emotion, especially wonder.
- Reference: 2227-STC-00659
- Movement: Mechanical with automatic winding
- Caliber height: 4.6mm
- Power reserve: 38 hours
- Case material: Stainless steel
- Case size: 39.5mm
- Case thickness: 9.2mm
- Glass: sapphire crystal
- Water resistance: 50m
As one would expect from a Raymond Weil creation, the dial is mesmerizing, with the waves on the center that create an interesting effect when reflecting light. The options available, particularly the blue dial, are rich and vivid in color, and the slightly modern-looking Roman numerals for indices suit it well. The “open heart” that lets you peek into the automatic movement is intriguing, even more so than the caseback. Reading time through the dial presents no problems especially with the anti-reflective sapphire crystal that also doesn’t scratch as easy. If you’re into swimming, you can bring along the Maestro for quick dips in the water. With its double push security system on the stainless steel bracelet, you can also keep the watch securely close to you as much as possible.
It probably will not bother most, but the watch is slightly smaller at 39.5mm. Though it can put up with moisture and swimming, the watch is not designed to be deeply submerged into water in activities such as scuba diving or snorkeling.
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