Raymond Weil has joined the ranks of top notch watchmakers with the creation of its own first tourbillion watch. The piece in question is called Nabucco Cello Tourbillon and it is distinguished with the appearance which uses several aesthetic accents that are modeled in order to resemble the instrument it was named after. This very interesting and peculiar piece is made in a very restricted edition that includes only ten pieces and it features the price of around $40,000.
Raymond Weil is the watchmaking brand that was founded in 1999. Today, it is headed by the founder’s grandson Elie Bernheim who is a cellist himself so the choice of the main motif that shaped the appearance of the watch does not come as a big surprise.
There are several visual details which are borrowed from a violoncello. The first among these are distinctive bridges in the shape of f-holes that can be seen on the instrument. These bridges are used to support the mainspring barrel at the top, as well as a tourbillion carriage at the bottom. Moreover, the hour and minute hands take the form of a cello bow, while its bezel with five grooves on it represents the ones seen on a musical stave.
Finally, one can also see four strings that are stretched from left to right. In ensemble with the twin bridges, they make the face of the watch look as it includes a miniature representation of the instrument.
The skeletonized tourbillion piece was developed and made in-house. Its functioning is based on a hand-wound tourbillion caliber whose power reserve extends to 105 hours. The caliber is just 6.25 mm thick which allows the watch to be pretty thin, especially considering the intricate complication it possesses.
Raymond Weil Nabucco Cello Tourbillon piece is placed inside a black round case which is crafted from the combination of titanium and stainless steel and which features black PVD coating and carbon fiber reinforcements. As for the dimensions, its diameter is 46 mm, while the mentioned restrained thickness measures to 12.95 mm.
Furthermore, the construction of the case includes a screwed-down rear section and a screwed-down crown with the logo of the brand. Both front and back side of the case feature sapphire crystals with anti-reflective treatment on both ends which exposes the lovely instrument-shaped caliber as much as possible. The watch from the Nabucco collection is also pretty impressive when it comes to waterproofness, since it features water resistance to 200 meters.
The first tourbillion watch by the brand is paired with a crocodile leather strap and fastens with a titanium folding clasp whose color and plating match the ones that are visible on the case. The buckle likewise includes a double push-security system.