The wonderful world of music has always been a never-ending source of inspiration for the Swiss independent watchmaker Raymond Weil. An essential part of the brand’s DNA, it has deeply influenced the family-owned independent brand and shaped its unique identity. Over the years, the musical-inspired timepieces have become Raymond Weil’s most distinctive products. Since 1983, and the iconic Amadeus collection, the brand has released numerous watches that have honored some of music’s most legendary names such as the Beatles and Frank Sinatra. Today, Raymond Weil pays tribute to one of the most iconic guitars ever made – the Gibson Les Paul. The new Freelancer Chronograph “Gibson Les Paul” is made as a limited edition of 300 pieces. The latest Raymond Weil timepiece comes in a special presentation box inspired by the legendary Gibson guitar cases.
The Gibson Les Paul is an electric guitar that was first introduced to the market in 1952. The instrument was designed by Gibson’s then-president Ted McCarty as well as the legendary guitarist, inventor and songwriter Lester William Polsfuss. Know as Les Paul, Mr. Polsfuss is credited for many innovations in music, including the solid-body electric guitar which laid the foundation for the sound of rock and roll. Throughout the history, the Gibson Les Paul has been used by some of the greatest artist of all time including Keith Richards, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix. With the new Freelancer Chronograph “Gibson Les Paul”, Raymond Weil is continuing its partnership with Gibson Guitar Corporation that started in 2015.
Now let’s talk about the watch itself, shall we? Inspired by the iconic electric guitar, the Freelancer Chronograph “Gibson Les Paul” demonstrates its free spirit, rock character and unmatched power of music. The watch is placed inside a 43.5mm round polished stainless steel case. water resistant to 100 meters, it features a steel bezel with black PVD coating and tachometer scale. The color of the bezel was chosen on purpose, as a tribute to the lacquer on the “Black beauty” – one of the most iconic variations of the Gibson Les Paul guitar. On the back of the case we have a sapphire crystal caseback decorated with the Gibson logo.
Underneath the double AR-coated sapphire crystal is a black dial decorated with a circular guilloché motif resembling the strings of the guitar. The six chords are studded by fret-shaped luminescent hour markers. Positioned at 12 o’clock is the Gibson logo, with the iconic Les Paul signature sitting just underneath it. The dial features a 3-6-9 chrono layout. The small seconds are at 9 while the 30-minutes counter and 12-hour counter are placed at 3 and 6 o’clock respectively. Completing the dial we have the date window between 4 and 5 o’clock. Next to it we have the split-diamond inlay – the characteristic feature of the Les Paul Custom guitar. Inside the Freelancer Chronograph “Gibson Les Paul” is the Calibre RW5010. The self-winding chrono movement works at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and offers a power reserve of 46 hours. The latest music-inspired Raymond Weil piece comes on a stylish brown calf leather strap with round openings symbolizing the guitar’s sound holes.