Freelancer David Bowie
A tribute to British rock icon David Bowie, who passed away in 2016, this Limited Edition commemorates what would Bowie’s 70th birthday. The 42-mm stainless steel case and galvanic, circular satin-brushed dial host several design cues specifically inspired by Bowie and his work.
The stylized red lightning bolt at 12 o’clock comes from cover of Bowie’s 1973 album Aladdin Sane, and the pop-art “Bowie” logo above the 6 o’clock position is the same one designed by Andy Warhol for the cover of the artist’s 1974 album Diamond Dogs.
Printed on the caseback’s sapphire crystal is a rendering of a famous 1974 portrait of Bowie by legendary photographer Terry O’Neill.
The watch is powered by an the self-winding Caliber RW4200, with 26 jewels and a 38-hour power reserve. The watch, which comes on a black calfskin leather strap with red stitching and folding clasp with push-button security system, is limited to 3,000 numbered pieces, priced at $1,595.
Buddy Holly Maestero
The Buddy Holly Maestro watch, which has a 39.5-mm polished stainless steel case and polished steel bracelet, pays tribute to what would have been the bespectacled rock ‘n’ roll pioneer’s 80th birthday in 2016. Designed in collaboration with Buddy’s widow, Maria Elena Holly, the watch has a silver galvanic dial with highlights — including the small seconds subdial at 6 o’clock — in pale blue, Buddy Holly’s favorite color.
The counterweight of the sweep seconds hand is formed in the shape of a pair of eyeglasses, and the oversized numeral “9” at 9 o’clock is a reference to Holly’s lucky number. The date appears in a window at 3 o’clock and a Buddy Holly signature appears below the Raymond Weil logo just above the dial’s center.
This watch uses the automatic Caliber RW4520, with a 38-hour power reserve, seen through a smoked sapphire caseback adorned with the logo of the Buddy Holly Educational Foundation. A contribution from each watch sold will be donated to this charity, which provides musical education and opportunities to young people worldwide. The price: $1,395
Maestro Beatles “Abbey Road” Limited Edition
This is Raymond Weil’s second homage piece to The Beatles and features visual tributes to the final album recorded by the iconic band. Encased in a 39.5 mm polished steel case, the black dial is engraved with microgrooves inspired by those on classic vinyl LPs.
At the “Fab” four o’clock position, you’ll find the silhouetted figures of John, Paul, George, and Ringo, striding across the eponymous road as they do on the legendary album cover.
As it did on last year’s Beatles watch, the band’s classic logo appears on the sapphire crystal caseback, through which the wearer can observe the mechanical, self-winding RW200 movement, which drives the hour, minute, and central seconds hands and the date indication at 3 o’clock.
The polished steel bracelet attached to the wrist means of a folding clasp with double-push security system. The watch, which retails for $1,395, is limited to 3,000 pieces worldwide.
Freelancer Chronograph “Gibson Les Paul.”
This chronograph features several visual elements inspired by the legendary guitar, named for its inventor, Lester William Polsfuss, aka Les Paul. The stainless steel case measures 43.5 mm in diameter, with a black PVD-coated tachymeter bezel that echoes the lacquer finish on the Les Paul “Black Beauty” guitar.
The dial features a circular guilloché motif representing the guitar’s six chords, while the applied hour markers are fret-shaped. The Gibson logo and a Les Paul signature appear at 12 o’clock, just above the Raymond Weil brand logo. The famous golden split-diamond inlay, a defining feature of the Gibson Les Paul, is represented at 4:30 next to the date window.
Golden highlights are used in the chronograph counter, date window, and central chrono hand. Finally, the perforations in the golden-top-stitched calf leather strap are reminiscent of the sound holes in the body of a guitar.
The chronograph, with a 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock and 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock, as well as the other timekeeping functions, are powered by the mechanical, self-winding Caliber RW5010 (based on the La Joux-Perret 8601), which is visible through a clear caseback adorned with another Gibson logo. The Raymond Weil Freelancer “Gibson Les Paul” is a limited edition of 300 pieces, priced at $3,295. It is encased in a special presentation box that is inspired by a Gibson guitar case.