Raymond Weil celebrates the icon of British Rock, a true, everlasting legend – David Bowie. With a watch, of course. The Limited Edition Freelancer “David Bowie” is a tribute to the life and musical career of one of the most influential artists of all time.
Created to celebrate what would have been David Bowie’s 70th birthday, this timepiece is dedicated to a few of the many personas created by David Bowie, an artist with unparalleled creativity, a singular visionary, a man of a thousand faces and voices. Bowie’s boundless talent and fearless innovation shone through his final masterpiece, Black Star, released last year to some of the best critical notices of his distinguished career and winning five Grammy Awards and two Brit Awards in 2017.
To celebrate the immortal David Bowie, Raymond Weil has chosen its most free-spirited model – the Freelancer. The case measures 42 mm in diameter and it contains a dial resembling a vinyl record featuring some of the most emblematic design cues of the British artist.
Amongst the key design features, the lightning bolt painted across his face that first appeared on the cover of the Aladdin Sane album in 1973. The instantly distinctive mark universally recognized, the stylized lightning bolt is featured in red at 12 o’clock. The pop art logo designed by Andy Warhol especially for David Bowie and revealed on the cover of the album Diamond Dogs in 1974 makes its mark on the dial of the David Bowie Limited Edition.
Produced in a 3.000-piece limited, numbered series, the Freelancer David Bowie beats to the tempo of a mechanical self-winding movement that appears beneath a portrait of David Bowie, immortalized in 1974 by famous photographer of legends, Terry O’Neill. A photograph printed on the sapphire of the watches case-back, from which this artist challenges the world with his atypical, magnetic gaze.
This watch is a beautiful tribute to one of the greatest musicians that ever lived. And it’s just logical for Raymond Weil to add a tribute to David Bowie to its collection of watches honoring the lives and works of musicians.
Raymond Weil celebrates with the Freelancer a true music icon – the Gibson Les Paul. You don’t need to be a guitarist or a musician of any kind for that matter, to have heard of this legendary instrument. This guitar has inspired and served the best artists of all time; from Jimmy Page to Keith Richards and Jimi Hendrix to Eric Clapton musicians have turned to this instrument, making Rock’n’Roll history.
The manufacturer honors this icon with a new watch – the Freelancer Les Paul. Raymond Weil has been putting its name in lights alongside some of the greatest musicians of all time for nearly half a century in various special editions.
The body of the 43.5 mm case is made of steel and its tachymeter bezel is enhanced with black PVD inspired by the lacquer on the “Black Beauty” – a guitar renowned for its electrifying performance that continues to astound musicians worldwide.
The board features a circular guilloché motif featuring six chords studded by fret-shaped hour markers. The “fittings” – tri-compax chronograph counters, date and strap topstitching – of the Freelancer are also inspired by the Gibson Les Paul and set with golden highlights. At 12 o’clock, the names of the guitar manufacturer and the Les Paul signature appear, while the split-diamond inlay – a distinctive feature of the Les Paul Custom shines in golden tones next to the date window at 4.30. At 9 o’clock Raymond Weil has placed the small seconds. Hands and indexes are luminous and contrast well with the black dial, which makes the watch very legible, even in the dark.
The Freelancer is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, the RW5010. It provides the energy for central hours, minutes and small seconds, a date and the chronograph functions as well as a power-reserve of 46 hours.
The ebony perforated calf leather strap brings to mind the sound holes that are part of the body of a guitar.
This watch clearly is a collector’s edition and limited to 300 pieces. Every Raymond Weil Freelancer Gibson Les Paul is delivered in a presentation box inspired by the famous Gibson guitar cases.
Swiss watchmaker Raymond Weil celebrates the hundred year anniversary of the birth of Frank Sinatra with a watch – the Maestro Frank Sinatra Limited Edition. This timepiece pays homage to the legendary artist and his iconic persona.
Among his many accomplishments, Sinatra earned a total of 21 Grammys, 3 Oscars and 2 Golden Globes, frequently earning him the title of one of the greatest entertainers of all time. But he also remains a true icon of elegance and style. His impeccable suits, iconic tipped hat and soulful blue eyes all contributed to his legendary status.
And Frank Sinatra knew a thing or two about timing – when performing he employed “the heartbeat tempo”, which characterises all of his famous songs. So it comes as no surprise, that Sinatra always insisted on keeping perfect time with a fine watch. “He insisted that his wristwatch would have the utmost mechanical integrity and construction to guarantee many years of faithful and accurate service,” says his son, Frank Sinatra Jr.
The Sinatra watch features a swiss automatic movement with automatic winding (the RW 4200, based on the Selitta SW200) housed in a 39.5 mm stainless steel case. The calibre provides a power reserve up to 38 hours and beats at 4 Hz.
Reminiscent of the famed “Ol’ Blue Eyes” the hands, index markers, and contour of the date window are a bright blue hue, against the backdrop of a silver dial. The watch face is classic yet distinctive – much like Frank Sinatra himself.
A transparent caseback boasts a special Sinatra Sentennial insignia, while the twelve marker, highlighted as the only Roman numeral, signifies Sinatra’s December 12th birthday.
Also in reference to his birthday, only 1,212 pieces of the Maestro Frank Sinatra Limited Edition watch will be available.
This Raymond Weil watch comes with a brown leather bracelet with a traditional buckle.
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Everything revolves around number 12. They had it in arabic numerals, they had it in roman numerals and now for the first time the number 12 embellishes the dial of a Raymond Weil watch as word in golden letters. A part of the sales revenue will be donated to the Children’s Hosipital in Genf/Switzerland.
On November 10, 2012 the sixth Grey Goose Winter Ball was hosted by Elton John. International Stars like Kevin Spacey, Elisabeth Hurley, David Furnish and Bill Clinton made an appearance at the popular charity event.
Singer Labrinth auctioned his limited edition Raymond WEIL wristwatch.
Kevin Spacey placed the winning bid and contributed £180.000 (approx. 222.000 EUR) to the charity foundation. This was the hightest amount an auction item ever generated at a Grey Goose Winter Ball.