Written Chaz Nash
Raymond Weil has orchestrated a visual composition illuminating the design process of one of its most luxurious timepieces, the Maestro Phase de Lune Semainier. (To appreciate this visual composition click on the picture to the left)
Raymond Weil continues its sonata of complications and craftsmanship in its latest Maestro Phase de Lune Semainier watch. The overall design ensemble of the Maestro Phase de Lune Semainier is so ornate it enraptures one’s visual senses when reading the time, day, date, month and moonphases.
Maestro Phase de Lune Semainier (Reference 2859-STC-00659) stunning silver colored dial is a beautiful arrangement with notable guilloche patterns accentuated with a 12 month calendar circling the circumference of the dial, black Roman numerals and three subdials: date (at 3 o’clock), day (at 9 o’clock) and moonphase (at 6 o’clock). The midnight blue hour/minute, sweeping seconds, subdials indicators and crescent hands bear somewhat of a striking resemblance to those found on Breguet timepieces.
Maestro Phase de Lune Semainier playfully exhibits these amazing features inside a round 41.5mm stainless steel case with a case height of 10.35mm which is protected by an anti-glare treated sapphire crystal. The Raymond Weil signature logo crown which when turned clockwise sets the time, and also changes the date and displays time for morning or afternoon. The case design harmoniously incorporates four functional push-buttons at 2, 4, 8 and 10 o’clock. The push-button at 10 o’clock sets the date; at 8 o’clock sets the day of the week; at 2 o’clock sets the week; and 4 o’clock sets the moon phase using the calendar below. It is also recommended that the watch be set using the crown and utilizing each push-button in the order (10, 8, 2 and 4) as previously fore-mentioned above.
Maestro Phase de Lune Semainier is a Swiss Made watch featuring a mechanical with automatic winding movement – Caliber RW 3600, which includes the moon phase, month, week, day and date functions. It has a 42 power reserve, an exhibition sapphire crystal caseback, and it is water resistant up to 50 meters (165 feet). It is adorned with a leather strap featuring alligator finish with saddle stitching and a traditional buckle.
From the guilloche finishes on the dial, the moonphase subdial and the harmonious push-buttons incorporated in the stainless steel case, every single detail and finish of the Maestro Phase de Lune Semainier exemplifies the very essence of Raymond Weil’s brand statement “Precision is my Inspiration.”