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March 3rd, 2015

Raymond Weil – a Decade Partnering the BRIT Awards

There are many long-lasting partnerships in the world of Swiss horology, with alliances between watch brands and things like sporting events all being relatively commonplace. However, to proudly independent watchmaker Raymond Weil, the music industry is perhaps their most prominent source of inspiration, and the BRIT Awards is one of the most important events in their annual calendar. This year’s awards have now been and gone, but you may not have realised that they represented an important milestone for Raymond Weil; namely, their tenth year of partnering the BRIT Awards.

You may not instantly think that an event celebrating outstanding British and international music would need an Official Watch & Timing Partner, yet Raymond Weil’s collaboration with this premier occasion has stood the test of time, and the presentation of special Raymond Weil watches has now become an integral part of the winner’s ceremonies. This year, a pair of exclusive wristwatches were unveiled at the BRIT awards, and plenty of the award-winning musicians – including James Bay, Madonna, Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith – were privileged to receive these highly in-demand pieces.

However you look at it, these coveted BRIT watches are quintessentially Raymond Weil, with the stylised aperture on the dial that showcases the movement perhaps being the most obvious ‘signature’ feature. However, a closer look will also reveal a tiny engraved ‘RW’ logo on the crown, whilst the space around the outer edge of the dial is adorned with a motif that rather echoes the strings of a cello, or perhaps a composer’s sheet of music. A clear difference between designs is achieved through the provision of different strap colours, but regardless of your preference, both are hugely classy to behold, and are very reminiscent of certain members in the Maestro assemblage.

The Raymond Weil brand has always been closely associated with music, and numerous members of this family-run business are accomplished musicians on a personal level. However, musical inspiration also creeps into the wider range of Raymond Weil timepieces, with some of the visual themes being very subtle, whilst others are a little more obvious. One of our particular favourites is the Raymond Weil Freelancer Electro Music special watch (see below), where the form of a music equaliser can clearly be seen around the dial, but it’s by no means the only example of its type.

Numerous families like the Raymond Weil Nabucco and Raymond Weil Parsifal collections are directly named after musical themes (in this case, famous operas), and if you’d like to find out more about any of these ranges, you can view a comprehensive array of Raymond Weil watches right here on our website. For more information, contact our friendly staff team by calling 01524 38 48 58.


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