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Raymond Weil has been associated with music since as far back as 1986, when The Bourse RW was created by the founder in order to support young musicians. Since then, they’ve been involved in various music-related activities, such as being the official timing partner of the Brit Awards since 2008 and of the Royal Albert Hall since 2013, partnering with American Idol in 2010 and 2011, and countless others endeavours.
Offering also a Gibson Les Paul watch, a Buddy Holly watch and a David Bowie one, it’s no surprise that Raymond Weil offer two limited edition watches featuring the Beatles on the dial.
After the success of the first one, released last year, after 40 fruitful years of activity in the watch industry, comes the new Abbey Road Maestro watch.
"Abbey Road", the Beatles’ final album – as "Let it Be" was recorded before this album so it should be counted as the penultimate – is a cornerstone in music history, so it’s clear why this was chosen. This, however, is a nice surprise, as for their first Beatles watch, Raymond Weil chose to erroneously add "Abbey Road" as the penultimate album.
Choosing a more minimal way than the last time, the dial of the 2237-ST-BEAT2 watch has a stark black colour, with indentations reminiscent of a vinyl record, and microgrooves in between. Right below the date window, there’s a silhouette of the legendary Beatles in the iconic Abbey Road crossing position. The Beatles logo is in the middle of the dial, just under the hands. The hour markers are silver baton-shaped, without any numbers featured. The dial glass is sapphire, with dual-sided antiglare treatment.
The watch dial has a diameter of 39.5mm, making it ideal as a unisex watch – although it might be on the big side for the ladies. In classic Raymond Weil fashion, the crown has the RW monogram etched on it.
The case back is a smoked sapphire crystal, with the official Beatles logo in the middle, limited edition engraving, and a peek at the movement. Speaking of movement, it has the RW4200, featured in most of the Maestro line; it is a mechanical self-winding movement, having a 38-hour power reserve.
Only 3,000 watches will be available, and they’ll be numbered, to ensure authenticity and add uniqueness.
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