The good old Raymond Weil Lady Maestro line of ladies watches has fairly recently been updated with a new open-heart version. Finally available in different colors (including absolutely gorgeous one on a lime-green strap with reference number 2827-L5-00966) and growing noticeably in size, the updated timekeeper still features the easily recognizable design cues on its dial, including a clever use of guilloching and diamond-setting techniques.
Frankly, I don’t really understand why people love “open heart” watches so much.
Although I don’t share the opinion that a timekeeper with a visible balance wheel is a poor man’s tourbillon (however I can use the argument from time to time to good-naturally troll the general public), I do not really like the concept itself.
The constantly pulsating wheel starts look boring pretty quick and it is difficult to make the part look any more interesting if you deal with a mass-produced movement. More than that, in most cases the design only makes the watch look cheaper than it is.
Well, it is always a matter of personal preferences and if you are into this kind of design language, then this new Lady Maestro may be a very good candidate for a birthday or wedding gift.
Its Breguet-type hands and the sunray guilloche pattern in the center of the natural white mother-of-pearl dial make it look irresistibly classic, while the alternately applied steel Roman numerals and clear diamonds provide it with dressy, even luxurious feel.
At this time, the watch is available in two versions with its 39.5 mm stainless steel body equipped with a rather thin bezel, which comes either mirror-polished or set with whole 74 diamonds.
Its setting crown is not only decorated with the well-known among the fans of the Swiss watchmaking brand RW monogram, but is also finely fluted thus ensuring that the watch will be easy to operate.
According to official specs, the watch is animated by the same RW 4200 automatic caliber that we have already seen last year in their last year’s Raymond Weil Jasmine in Rose Gold PVD (Ref. 2935 PCS 00659) automatic ladies watch. Based on the well-known Sellita SW 200 ebauche, this fast-beating movement is built on 26 jewels and features pretty much standard 38 hours of continuous operation after being fully wound and left immobile.
Still no info about the price, but I highly doubt that the new Raymond Weil Lady Maestro Open Heart will cost significantly more than $3000*.
* UPDATE ON PRICE: It’s been reported that the timekeepers will initially go on sale at a price of $2250, which is not bad given the fact that they also get heavily discounted soon after reaching online stores with prices often slashed by half. This, however, is also the reason why you should never buy a timekeeper at MSRP, you will simply lose too much money while trying to sell it after the honeymoon is over.
Photos: Raymond Weil
Raymond Weil Lady Maestro Open Heart Automatic specification
Price: $2250 (MSRP)
Movement: Automatic, caliber RW4200, base Sellita SW200, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 26
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Power reserve: 38 hours
Movement decoration: Perlage
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds
Case and Crown material: Stainless steel
Bezel material: Stainless steel set with 74 diamonds
Size: 39.50 mm
Dial: White mother-of-pearl
Hour markers: Diamonds
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Full skin alligator, saddle stitched leather strap with polished steel ardillon buckle (different colors)
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective on both sides
Case back: Sapphire