Raymond Weil | David Bowie, The Beatles & Gibson Les Paul Limited Editions
A watch brand heavily inspired and influenced by music, Raymond Weil’s musical strings can be traced back as early as 1983 when the brand began naming collections after composers.
And their connection to music doesn’t stop there. With partnerships with venues like the Royal Albert Hall, events like the BRIT Awards and the musical icons and brands such as David Bowie, The Beatles and Gibson guitars, Raymond Weil have established themselves as the music-loving watchmaker.
Here we take a look at their recent musical limited editions, including the Freelancer David Bowie, Maestro Beatles and Freelancer Gibson Les Paul. Released for this year, we're very excited about these exclusive collaborations and special editions. Each watch is a piece of history with its own great story to tell.
Raymond Weil Freelancer David Bowie
Created in collaboration with the David Bowie Estate, this Freelancer model pays homage to one of the most legendary and influential icons of all time.
A tribute to the life and musical career of David Bowie, this timepiece celebrates what would have been Bowie’s 70th birthday and is dedicated to a few of his many personas.
An artist who constantly broke boundaries with his fearless vision and creativity, Bowie also inspired generations and influenced popular music like no other.
This Freelancer model beautifully nods to Bowie throughout, without going over the top. Bowie’s adopted symbol, the lightning bolt, appears in red at 12 o’clock, whilst Andy Warhol’s famous pop art logo (designed especially for David Bowie and first appearing on the cover of the Diamond Dogs album in 1974) sits just above 6 o’clock.
These red Bowie-inspired details really ‘pop’ on the black dial, and match the red stitching on the black leather strap to give the whole watch a striking and coordinated feel.
It doesn’t end there. On the caseback, that famous portrait of David Bowie, taken in 1974 by photographer of legends Terry O’Neil, is printed on the sapphire crystal so you can keep your icon close to you wherever you go.
Limited to 3,000 pieces, this Raymond Weil Freelancer is a tasteful emblem of the late, great and brilliant David Bowie.
Price is £1,395.
Raymond Weil Maestro Beatles
Continuing the collaboration with the world’s biggest band, this Raymond Weil Maestro Beatles watch pays tribute to Abbey Road, the last album recorded by the Fab Four.
Truly transcending time, The Beatles are still one of the most influential groups of all time, responsible for a world of firsts in the music business such as stadium concerts, chart success and creating their own phenomenon; Beatlemania.
Limited to 3,000 pieces, this Maestro model is a wonderful homage to the band and the era of the vinyl record. Just like the real thing, the dial boasts a special vinyl record engraved with microgrooves and the Beatles logo sits at the centre of the dial.
The nod to the Abbey Road album comes from the figures of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr walking along the groove of their landmark record between 3 and 5 o’clock.
The mechanical self-winding RW200 movement is visible through the sapphire crystal caseback, which is adorned again by the Beatles logo.
Show your appreciation for your favourite band with this wonderful timepiece, bringing the famous Beatles and beautiful Swiss made craftmanship together.
Price is £995.
Raymond Weil Freelancer Gibson Les Paul
Created in collaboration with leading guitar manufacture Gibson Brands Inc., this new Raymond Weil Freelancer Gibson Les Paul is inspired and honoured by the Gibson Les Paul guitar.
Bringing the rock attitude and power of music to watches, this striking Freelancer model honours the famous guitar favoured by some of the greatest artists of all time. From Jimmy Page and Keith Richards to Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton, this iconic instrument has been part of the best moments in rock ‘n’ roll history.
Limited to 400 pieces, this chronograph watch boasts a 43.5mm stainless steel and a black PVD hard coated bezel with a tachymeter scale. The choice of black is actually inspired by the lacquer on the “Black Beauty” – a Les Gibson renowned for its electrifying performance.
The guitar-inspired details continue onto the dial, where the circular guilloche motif represents the six chords on a guitar, studded by fret-shaped hour markers. The Gibson logo sits on a guitar headstock at 12 o’clock with the Les Paul signature just below, and the split diamond inlay (a distinctive feature of the Les Paul Custom) sits next to the date window at 4.30pm.
Golden features shine throughout, such as the outline of the subdials, date window and the stitching on the ebony perforated leather strap – which brings to mind the sound holes that from part of the guitar body.
The presentation box is another reason to love this collector’s piece, coming in an exclusive case inspired by the famous Gibson guitar cases with a lush red interior.
For any Gibson guitar lovers, this limited edition Raymond Weil model will bring the rock ‘n’ roll spirit to the wrist and keep the memory of many music moments close to the heart.
Price is £2,895.
Raymond Weil Maestro Buddy Holly
Paying homage to legendary musician Buddy Holly, this Raymond Weil Maestro Buddy Holly watch is a tribute to the 80th anniversary of Buddy Holly's birth.
The watch nods to the pioneer of rock and roll throughout, with Buddy Holly's favourite pale blue colour featuring on the dial alongside details such as Buddy's iconic glasses on the subdial, his favourite number 9 in oversized font and his signature in the centre of the dial.