MILLESIME : A VINTAGE-INSPIRED TIMEPIECE THAT’S PERFECTLY IN TUNE WITH MODERN-DAY LIVING
RAYMOND WEIL MILLESIME SMALL SECONDS – GPHG 2023 CHALLENGE PRIZE WINNER
RAYMOND WEIL is thrilled to announce that its new millesime automatic small seconds timepiece has just won the Grand Prix de l’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) 2023 Challenge Watch Prize.
We would like to thank the more than 850 Academy Members and watch experts as well as the Grand Jury for selecting our watch and for rewarding us with such an incredible recognition. This prize is welcomed as a source of fulfillment and great pride for us. As an independent family-owned Brand, obtaining the GPHG winning prize reinforces our deep-rooted connection to our heritage and our unwavering dedication to Swiss watchmaking excellence.
“As the third generation leading the company established by my grandfather nearly 50 years ago in Geneva, winning this award in our hometown is a true privilege. I’d like to extend my gratitude to our loyal suppliers and partners. Our historic and long-lasting collaborations are invaluable. Another wholehearted thank you goes to my team, who work hard every day to create exceptional timepieces that combine tradition and innovation.”
Elie Bernheim – CEO
ABOUT THE MILLESIME COLLECTION:
In the heart of Switzerland’s watchmaking center, RAYMOND WEIL has been nurturing its craftsmanship for nearly half a century with a relentless pursuit of creative elegance, innovative technicality and Swiss-made excellence, all offered at an unequalled price.
For this inaugural millesime collection, RAYMOND WEIL pays homage to the rich heritage and traditions of horology while celebrating the simplicity of refined design. The brand has naturally delved into the past, creating new timepieces that offer period charm combined with present-day practicality.
The complex and carefully orchestrated watchmaking process behind the millesime collection highlights the brand’s expertise, skill, and precision. From the delicate assembly of the mechanical self-winding movement to the intricate finishing touches, every component is crafted with the utmost care. The result is a symphony of complex details that captivates watch enthusiasts and connoisseurs alike.
The collection comprises two horological variations referenced 2925 and 2930, one featuring a center-seconds and the other a small seconds display at 6 o’clock. Both models are housed in a slender stainless-steel case, measuring 39.5mm in diameter and enjoy a graceful thin profile.
The dial, located beneath a vintage-inspired sapphire crystal glass-box, has been refined to the highest degree. The hours and minutes are eloquently conveyed with silver-toned hands, lined with Super-LumiNova®. The sector dial presents the hours, minutes and seconds periods on discrete tracks, augmenting readability. A closer inspection of the dial reveals contrasting finishes. For instance, the hour track is smooth, the minute track is snailed and the central area of the dial is adorned with a delicate vertical brush. As previously stated, the millesime 2930 features a small seconds display at 6 o’clock which is enriched with a tasteful selection of details. For instance, it is delineated with a neat recessed circlet, introducing a seemly play with depths.
The bezel is decorated with a vertical satin-brush that contrasts wonderfully with the highly polished bevel nearby. This juxtaposition of two finishes reinforces the overall level of finishing, a characteristic that distinguishes the millesime collection as special within a crowded marketplace.
A sapphire caseback affords sight of the self-winding movement within and the “W-shaped” oscillating weight, RAYMOND WEIL’s horological signature. Offered in a selection of dial colours, each model is paired with a colour-coordinating genuine calf leather strap with a unique W-stitched detail.
As the name suggests, the collection is a grand vintage interpretation of the RAYMOND WEIL brand. It represents an enduring family legacy and a commitment to preserving generations of Swiss-made artistry while honouring the craftmanship, finesse and passion of watchmaking. Millesime timepieces are genuine collector’s item.
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