John, George, Paul, Ringo – and Raymond? That'd be Swiss luxury watchmaker Raymond Weil, which has long linked its name to musicians and composers, beginning with an Amadeus line in 1983.
More recent pieces have celebrated artists as diverse as Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis and Bob Dylan… so it’s past time for the world’s greatest band to take its place in Raymond Weil’s Maestro collection, in a timepiece to be treasured by any Beatles aficionado.
The Raymond Weil Maestro Beatles watch is proof that watches don’t have to be serious – they can be fun, and definitely quirky, without descending into the nether-regions of tacky.
After all, your watch is partly a reflection of who you are and what appeals to you.
If you didn’t live through at least some of the Beatles’ era, the significance of the band will be almost impossible to appreciate. But the deeper your memories of The Beatles, the more you’ll be drawn to this unique design.
Ironically, the Beatles watch was created to mark this year’s 40th anniversary of Raymond Weil – which means the lads from Liverpool still have a solid 16 year head start on the Geneva house of horology.
The Raymond Weil Maestro Beatles watch is pretty much all about the dial.
The title of each of The Beatles’ 13 albums appear around the matte silver galvanic face, with the Fab Four themselves depicted a la Help at the four o’clock position.
Just reading through each of those album titles takes you on a journey (although certainly no Magical Mystery Tour) of the band’s recording history, although you can linger and reflect on the albums which resonate most with you.
(I tend to gravitate towards the first half of the Beatles’ decade, so any time from 12 through five is full of happy remembrances.)
Elongated baton-style hands perfectly match the hour markers.
The dial and case-back both feature the official Beatles logo, with the case-back clad in a smoked sapphire crystal with an engraving of the watch’s individual number in the limited edition run of just 3,000.
- 39.5mm dial
- Self-winding movement with 38-hour power reserve
- Water resistant to 50 metres
- $2,395 through Raymond Weil's Australian distributor The Avstev Group