Raymond Weil’s new Maestro wears its heart on its dial
Raymond Weil has a long history of working with musicians and music organisations, including the Brit Awards and Nordoff Robbins, the UK’s largest music therapy charity. As such, its musically named Maestro is one of its staple men’s ranges (other models include the Parsifal, named for the Wagner opera, as well as the Tango and the Toccata). Light enough on the wrist as not to hamper a concert pianist or a conductor, the Maestro series was first launched in 2010 as a reliable, sporty, mid-range watch targeting the competitive £1,000 price point. And it has since become core to RW’s line-up.
But if watches are compositions, then the newest update of the Maestro, released this month, is a little more progressive and experimental than some of its predecessors, for two reasons. The first is its unusual pink copper dial, which is housed in a 40mm stainless-steel case with a classic round silhouette and slender, unobtrusive lugs. More muted and brassy than pink gold, the pink copper strikes a pleasing contrast with the blued steel hands and Roman numerals on the dial, which, in tandem with the blue leather strap, all helps the colours pop. Traditionally, the Maestro is a sporty watch, but this new incarnation would be no less appropriate for more dressy occasions.
The second point of interest is the teardrop-shaped aperture at 12 o’clock that shows off the balance wheel within the Maestro’s automatic calibre RW4200 movement. The aperture itself isn’t a completely new development for the brand – one of the Maestro Blue models presented at Baselworld 2018 had the same opening on the dial – but it is a statement of technical accomplishment. The balance wheel, as any watch geek knows, is an essential part of the watch’s escapement – it’s also the cleanest visual metaphor for a mechanical watch movement as a beating heart. No quartz here.
Indeed, Raymond Weil was founded in 1976, at the height of the quartz crisis, and was instrumental in the resurgence of mechanical watches by proving they could be both appealing and accessible to casual wearers who wanted a real automatic movement behind the dial. Rightly, this new Maestro is both.
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