Raymond Weil Maestro Moon-Phase – Take A Second Look

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Raymond Weil Maestro Moon-Phase

This year Raymond Weil celebrates their 35th anniversary and, as CEO Olivier Bernheim told us earlier this week, the brand will introduce a new collection at Basel World including a limited edition timepiece to commemorate this historic year. Giving us a taste of things to come is the wonderfully understated Maestro Moon-Phase, the latest addition to the Maestro collection created in 2010.

Classic Good Looks
The true appeal of the Moon-Phase timepiece lies in its simplicity. The dial design is elegantly traditional, offering indications of time, date and moon-phase in a clear, easy-to-read and above all attractive fashion.  The use of roman numerals, a hallmark of the brand, and the central zone decorated in “clou de Paris” style give it that added touch of sophistication and elevate the timepiece from an everyday knockabout to something a little more special.

This new timepiece is the brand’s first to feature a moon phase complication with a mechanical movement. Powered by an automatically wound RW4500 calibre with a power-reserve of 38 hours the movement is housed within a sensibly sized 39.5mm polished stainless steel case and features sapphire crystals on both sides.

What is perhaps most attractive about the new Raymond Weil Maestro Moon-Phase however, is the price. At just $2,999 this is a timepiece that can easily slide into the rotation of any collection or alternatively would make a wonderful gift to a budding connoisseur ready for his very first watch.

The Final Word
The new Maestro Moon-Phase builds on what is already, in our opinions, a very strong collection in this price range of well-made, traditionally inspired timepieces. It will be very interesting to see what else Mr Bernheim and his team have in store for us this year at Basel World and if you are in the market for a well-made, sensibly priced, and most importantly good looking timepiece than perhaps it’s time you gave Raymond Weil a second look.

To see more from the brand check out their official website at www.raymond-weil.com

Tom MulraneyRaymond Weil Maestro Moon-Phase – Take A Second Look

One Comment on ““Raymond Weil Maestro Moon-Phase – Take A Second Look”

  1. Peter

    Looks again like a watch inspired on Frederique Constant’s Classics Collection.

    Please compare also the Frederique Constant Classic Automatic, introduced in 1994:
    http://i70.servimg.com/u/f70/15/70/66/13/freder10.jpg

    with the Raymond Weil Maestro of 2010:
    http://i70.servimg.com/u/f70/15/70/66/13/raymon10.jpg

    And that is not the only issue, please see another RW inspiration on Rolex:
    http://www.worldwatchreview.com/2011/02/02/raymond-weil-day-date-automatic-ref-2965-sg5-00658/

    What do you think of this practice?

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