His love for music has been well-acknowledged before, and it will be apprecitated once again. Raymond Weil CEO Elie Bernheim’s love for music is well-known, and it reflects in his recent creations.
This year, the brands outdid itself with a Special Tribute to the spirit of Gibson’s iconic Les Paul guitar and its role in the history of rock ‘n’ roll, with the stunning Raymond Weil Freelancer Chronograph “Gibson Les Paul.”
Christened after its inventor, Lester William Polsfuss, aka Les Paul, and carried forward by reknowned artists Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton, the 43.5mm stainless steel timepiece echoes the finished and style of the guitar, in more ways than one.
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. Lastly, the perforations in the golden-top-stitched calf leather strap reflect sound holes in the body of a guitar.
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, is the same which is used in the Nabucco model devoted to Gibson, and has 27 jewels and a 46-hour power reserve when fully wound.
Limited to 300 pieces, the timepiece comes encased in a special presentation box that is inspired by a Gibson guitar case.