The “great blue wave” that has swept through the watch industry in recent years — giving rise to a host of blue dials and straps from brands in every style and price segment — continued into this year’s Baselworld watch fair, as evidenced by two new models from Raymond Weil, called Maestro Blues. Here is what you need to know about them.
Of course, as fans of the family-owned, Geneva-based brand would probably expect, “blues” in this case refers not just to a color scheme but to a musical style. Raymond Weil’s primary theme is music and musicians, especially in the aptly named Maestro series, which in recent years has given us timepieces inspired by the Beatles and Buddy Holly. The new models — one in a polished steel case and the other in a rose-gold PVD-plated steel case, both measuring 40 mm in diameter — are designed to pay tribute to the soulful sounds of the blues, as pioneered by legends like Robert Johnson, B.B. King, and Muddy Waters. The galvanic dark blue dials are enhanced with a wave-like motif that, for some, may call to mind the musical notes of a blues guitar or trumpet echoing through a dark, smoke-filled club.
The dials, each with baton-shaped hour and minute hands and white, applied, Roman numeral hour markers — differ in their layout: the steel model (Ref. 2227-STC-00508) has a cutout at 12 o’clock to display the movement’s oscillating balance wheel, while the rose-gold-PVD version (Ref. 2237-PC5-00508) has an opaque dial with a date window at 3 o’clock. Both are powered by the same mechanical, self-winding movement, Caliber RW4200, which is based on the Sellita SW200 and offers a 38-hour power reserve. The movement, which runs in 26 jewels, is visible through a clear sapphire window in the snap-on caseback.
The watches, which are water-resistant to 50 meters and feature a fluted crown with an engraved RW monogram, are mounted on genuine blue alligator-style calf straps with white contrast stitching and fasten to the wrist by means of a folding clasp with a double-push security system. Prices range from $1,295 to $1,350, and the watch is available now in the U.S. What do you think? Does this blues-inspired watch sing to you or fall flat? Let us know in the comments section below.