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Raymond Weil focuses on the essentials with the Maestro Skeleton

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December 2017


Raymond Weil focuses on the essentials with the Maestro Skeleton

The family-owned watchmaker releases yet another sophisticated mechanical watch inspired by the world of music. This time around the watch has been pared down to the basics.

Raymond Weil focuses on the essentials with the Maestro Skeleton

Swiss watchmaker Raymond Weil has shown quite an affinity for music over the years. That includes linking up with the Brit Music Awards and a partnership with the sound industry’s famed Gibson Brand.

It’s not just through partnerships that the Geneva-based brand connects to the world of music. The watchmaker has also developed a series of timepieces as a mechanical expression of that passion, via the Maestro collection.

Raymond Weil focuses on the essentials with the Maestro Skeleton

The latest in that series is the Maestro Skeleton, a new open-worked timepiece that is aimed at the mid-range dress watch market. The independent watchmaker is known for its classic and elegant timepiece, but this watch is really all about the essentials, with nothing extraneous to be found.

It is housed within a 39.5mm diameter stainless steel case that highlights the balance wheel and open-worked spring barrel, including the decorated rotor on the back.

Raymond Weil focuses on the essentials with the Maestro Skeleton

On the front, the dial display includes blued steel hours, minutes and a central sweep seconds hands. The design of the dial is meant to show them in full motion floating above the mechanical parts of the movement. The dial and the movement are well proportioned, providing an overall harmonious look.

While I prefer the look of this watch in the leather strap, it can also be had on a more robust stainless steel bracelet.

Raymond Weil focuses on the essentials with the Maestro Skeleton

Under the hood, the Swiss Made automatic caliber delivers 38-hour of power reserve and is revealed through a wide aperture on the dial side. It can also be appreciated through the sapphire crystal on the case back, adding to the airiness of the watch design.

The Maestro Skeleton is one more example of a refined timekeeper by Raymond Weil that demonstrates the brand’s focus on slimmed down, sophisticated and mechanical references.