One To Watch | Raymond Weil Maestro Moonphase
It has to be said that, when it comes to Swiss watch brands, Raymond Weil is fairly unique. Yes, they meet all the prerequisites of the sought after Swiss Made label, and yes, their watchmaking knowledge has been handed down from generation to generation; but, when it comes to passion, they love music as much as they love balance wheels and hairsprings.
A relative newcomer to the Swiss watchmaking scene, Raymond Weil began in 1976; launching in the middle of the quartz crisis with a determination to bring a new dimension to the watch industry. Becoming a flagship for Swiss watchmaking, they won the hearts of watch enthusiasts throughout the world, with musically inspired collections such as Tango, Toccata - and Maestro of course.
The Legend Behind the Maestro
First launched in 2010, the Maestro collection is perhaps the most emblematic of all the collections from this music-loving watchmaker. Symbolising a permanent source of inspiration from the world of music, as well as a deep attachment to their watchmaking roots, this elegant collection is where Raymond Weil’s mastery of timekeeping and Swiss workmanship is at its best.
A new addition to this popular collection, the Raymond Weil Maestro Moonphase was announced at Baselworld earlier this year, immediately winning fans with its subtle spin on a cherished design classic.
Created With Passion
The new Maestro Moonphase is as good as it’s always been. It’s a classically styled timepiece with a complication that has long been popular amongst dress watch aficionados. But, and it goes without saying, the Maestro Moonphase is an outstanding example of a dress watch.
Created with a passion and attention to detail that is typical of all Raymond Weil watches, this beautiful timepiece takes an iconic style to the next level.
What is a moonphase movement?
A watch which displays the phases of the moon in an aperture on the dial, a moonphase movement is not only highly complex, but also conveys a sense of old-world romance which perfectly complements the heritage of an automatic timepiece.
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Without doubt the most eye-catching aspect of this elegant watch is the striking mix of finishes on the dial. Coupled with its strong legibility, it certainly raises the bar when it comes to sophisticated dress watch style.
The radial finishing in the centre of the dial contrasts perfectly with formality of the Roman numeral hour markers on the wide outer ring; whilst the moonphase display at 6 o’clock adds visual interest to this classically dressy style.
Fastened with the stainless steel mesh bracelet which gives it a slightly more casual edge, the 40mm stainless steel case is the perfect size - neither to big or too small on the wrist - and is large enough to allow enough space on the dial without it feeling cramped.
Powered by the Raymond Weil RW4280 automatic movement, this striking watch uses generations of handed down Swiss watchmaking know-how to synchronise the rhythm of time with the poetry of the stars. And, with a price-tag under £1,500, it’s easy to see why this handsome watch is so popular.
The Raymond Weil Maestro Moonphase Automatic is priced at £1,350 or from £25.32 per month with 0% interest free credit.
Things We Like
✔ The moonphase display
✔ The mesh-style bracelet
✔ The mix of finishes on the dial
✔ Adding a talking point to an elegant dress watch
✔ Those who like to give vintage style a modern twist
✔ Those who appreciate the romance of traditional Swiss watchmaking