Like many other Swiss-based watchmakers, Raymond Weil plans to unveil its new collections at the upcoming Baselworld 2013 trade show. While their fresh Raymond Weil Jasmine Turandot Splendor (refs. 5235 S5S 01658, 5235-S5S-01658 & 2935-S5S-01659) ladies watch won’t impress anybody with a highly complicated mechanical movement (on the contrary, the piece is powered by a very simple Swiss made quartz mechanism), it still offers a very nice exterior design that many women will definitely adore.
A little bit too large for my taste, the watch features a somewhat unusual bezel, which is separated into four parts by the oversized polished horns. As it often the case with watches designed with modern ladies in mind, the bezel of the Jasmine Turandot Splendor (ref. 2935-S5S-01659) is adorned with 29 real diamonds that are accompanied with a blue sapphire in the setting crown, which is a problem.
Although I usually like sapphires for their deep blue color that comes courtesy of trace elements of titanium and iron, in this particular combination of polished stainless steel, dozens of clear diamonds and PVD-plated rose gold elements the blue accent looks strange, to put it mildly. Yes, I understand that the young Swiss watchmaker probably wanted the cabochon to play with the blued steel hands on less expensive versions of the watch, but here (ref. 5235-S5S-01658, pictured above,) accompanied with rose gold-plated hands, the blue stone just doesn’t seem to sound in the same key as other elements of the wristwatch.
Otherwise, besides this design flaw (I am certain that most of potential buyers will likely find this a very minor design flaw,) the watch looks really likable, mainly thanks for its Jasmine flower pattern that decorates the center of the silver dial and seems to be inspired by engine-turned dials of the past. The dial, which is accented by bold, rose gold-plated Roman numerals, leaf-shaped hands and a cute ring around the circular date opening, is perhaps the most attractive part of this entry-luxury fashion item.
Alas, the timekeeper is powered by some anonymous Swiss quartz movement that the company doesn’t even care to talk about besides mentioning that the mechanism features whole three jewels.
On the other hand, the watch perfectly serves its function of a jewelry object and, if the price is right, could be quite popular among customers around the globe.
Photos: Raymond Weil
Raymond Weil Jasmine Turandot Splendor (ref. 5235 S5S 01658, 5235-S5S-01658 & 2935-S5S-01659) watch specification
Price: $1600 (MSRP, ref. ref. 5235 S5S 01658) / $3750 (ref. 5235-S5S-01658 with diamonds and rose gold-plated hands) / $4200 (MSRP, ref. 2935-S5S-01659 with diamonds)
Movement: Quartz, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 3
Movement frequency: N/A
Power reserve: A couple of years
Movement decoration: N/A
Functions: Hours, minutes, date
Case material: Stainless steel (polished) / Stainless steel & PVD rose gold
Bezel material: Steel, decorated with 29 diamonds
Crown material: PVD rose gold
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 35.00 mm
Case height: 8.00 mm
Lug width: No data
Dial: Silver, Jasmine flower guilloche pattern
Numerals: Roman, applied, PVD rose gold
Hour markers: None
Hands: Rose gold-plated
Water resistance: 50 meters
Strap: Polished stainless steel and rose gold PVD bracelet with a double push-piece security clasp
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Solid steel