Raymond Weil Maestro Moon Phase


1There’s something magical about watches with Moon Phase complications — even if you don’t particularly care about knowing which Moon phase you’re going to be experiencing that day, it still enhances an otherwise ordinary time-telling instrument. And not just from a visual point of view. One such watch comes from Swiss luxury watchmaker Raymond Weil, and its name is Maestro Moon Phase.

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The dial is complemented with an elegant wave motif, which complements the subdued elegance of this timepiece

The Maestro Moon Phase, as its name already tells you, belongs to the brand’s Maestro collection. The latter includes a plethora of timepieces both simpler and complicated when it comes to their design and number of features, so there’s a little bit for everyone. But when it comes to the Maestro Moon Phase, this is something that will interest those who prefer their watches on the simple side, but not quite minimalistic. Of course, we’re not using ‘simple’ as a negative word. On the contrary, the Maestro Moon Phase is delightfully complex, with superb craftsmanship that oozes from every nook and cranny, but the end result is a visually subdued timepiece that will be your faithful companion in every situation.

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The steel mesh-type bracelet is both sporty and elegant

Raymond Weil offers a total of five different versions of this watch, all of which have an elegant 40mm polished steel case, with a thickness of 9.8mm. The same material was used for the crown, which you will easily notice on the 3 o’clock position. And if you look closely, you’ll notice an RW monogram engraved on the crown, which is something we’ve seen on timepieces coming from this company. On the front, we have a tough sapphire crystal, making sure that this watch can endure a lot through its lifetime.

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The blue alligator-style calf leather strap goes great with the overall blue-steel visuals

Now, arguably the most interesting things about the Maestro Moon Phase is the dial, and its titular complication. You definitely won’t miss this one — at 6 o’clock position, we can see a crescent-shaped aperture that reveals the current Moon phase. This is the part where you can really see the attention to detail Raymond Weil put into this timepiece, with its beautifully executed Moon and stars. One final detail you’ll find on this dial is the date aperture, conveniently located at 3 o’clock.

The dial itself is available in three different versions: grey, silver and blue. What they all have in common, aside from the Moon Phase complication, is the elegant wave motif that occupies the central portion of the dial. Complementing this, we have Roman numbers in steel or black, depending on the particular version of the watch. This creates a nice contrast, enhancing the elegance of this model. Another contrasting element are the barrel-shaped hands, which are either blue steel of steel type, depending on the exact model.

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The Roman numerals perfectly compliment the dial

Inside the  Maestro Moon Phase, we find an automatic winding mechanical movement, the RW4280. Equipped with a Moon Phase complication, the movement features a power reserve of 38 hours, which sounds pretty reasonable. You can actually see the movement (or better part of it, at least) thanks to sapphire crystal on the case-back.

Last, but not least, we have the bracelet. Well, two of them actually. The first option for The Maestro Moon Phase is a steel mesh-type bracelet, which goes great with the polished steel case and emphasises the understated elegance of this watch. On the other hand, for those who prefer leather, Raymond Weil has a beautiful blue alligator-style calf leather strap with white stitching, which looks particularly effective when paired with the blue dial. Both the bracelet and the leather strap are equipped with a stainless steel folding clasp, together with a double push-security system.

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