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Raymond Weil – A Family Owned Newcomer From Geneva

History, Mission, Manufacture, Movements, Reputation, Ranking & Pricing

Raymond Weil Brand Review By Alexander – Founder and Owner of swissdiverswatches.com


A Review of Raymond Weil’s history

Raymond Weil Parsifal(Image By Marcvarnet)

In 1976, Mr Raymond Weil started his watch manufacturing company named after him. Raymond Weil is an independent and family owned company established in Geneva in Switzerland where the headquarters are located even today. It’s one of the youngest Swiss watchmakers on the market today.

In 1976, in the middle of the Swiss watch industry crisis (caused by competing affordable quartz/battery movements), Mr Raymond Weil decided to start the watch manufacturer Raymond Weil in Geneva, in Switzerland.

Mr Raymond Weil started a very small and humble boutique, but his professionalism and his passion for watchmaking soon made his company a success.

In the following years, the brand Raymond Weil rapidly developed, and due to this fact, the manufacturer needed to increase and expand its competitiveness.

In 1982, Raymond Weil’s son-in-law Olivier Bernheim joined the firm. Mr Bernheim modernized and restructured the entire organization of the firm, and in 1996, Olivier Bernheim became the President and CEO of Raymond Weil.

The brand was and still is heavily influenced by classical music. The collections of Raymond Weil are named after composers and their musical art. Examples would be the Mozart Collection, and Fidelio, Traviata and Saxo – named after some musical performances by Beethoven. Examples of other collections are Toccata, Fantasia and Otello.

In the 1990s, Raymond Weil launched new collections: the Parsifal Collection, the Tango Collection and the Tradition Collection.

Below: Raymond Weil Parsifal.

Raymond Weil Parsifal(Image By Marcvarnet)

Below: Raymond Weil Tango.

Raymond Weil Tango(Image By Marcvarnet)

In 1999, the independent watch manufacturer, intended to embrace the latest horological and technological innovations. Raymond Weil established a Research & Development department. Raymond Weil has since then created a Two Time Zones complication and an interchangeable bracelet system for a ladies’ collection.

In 2006, Olivier Bernheim’s two sons – Pierre and Elie Bernheim joined the Geneva based watch manufacturer. They brought with them new knowledge of the art of watchmaking and introduced the Raymond Weil Nabucco Collection – masculine water resistant sports watches with a split second chronograph function and a carbon fibre case.

Below: Raymond Weil Nabucco. These water resistant sports watches are available for purchase on this website.

Raymond Weil Nabucco(Image By Marcvarnet)

In 2008: Since Raymond Weil draws its inspiration from the world of music, it has built partnerships with several musical events such as the BRIT Awards. Raymond Weil and BRIT Awards have been partners since 2008.

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A Review of Raymond Weil’s mission

Raymond Weil has embraced four main principles that they believe define them as a brand:

  • Independence.
  • Aesthetics.
  • Creativity.
  • Horology – the art of watchmaking.

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A Review of Raymond Weil’s manufacture

Raymond Weil(Image By James Daisa)

Raymond Weil is inspired by music and it is indeed the world of (classical) music which has inspired Raymond Weil’s naming for their various collections – including the Nabucco Collection.

Raymond Weil is geographically located in Geneva – the most prestigious location of the most prestigious Swiss watchmakers. Raymond Weil harnesses the several centuries old Swiss tradition of quality, precision and attention to detail.

To my knowledge, Raymond Weil doesn’t make any in-house made movements, but the movements they use, are reliable and accurate ETA/Valjoux movements manufactured by Swatch Group.

Raymond Weil values aesthetics which is clearly visible in their design – they do make beautiful watches. The manufacturer is known to make relatively affordable automatic watches, of good craftsmanship. Raymond Weil is defined by quality and attention to details throughout the whole manufacturing process.

Each Raymond Weil watch needs to go through 350 quality checks before the watch receives Raymond Weil’s quality label.

Raymond Weil is a future oriented brand which is constantly finding new ways to improve their technology.

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A Review of Raymond Weil’s movements

As far as the Raymond Weil Nabucco divers watches/water resistant sports watches are concerned, they use ETA/Valjoux movements.

Raymond Weil Nabucco:

  • Valjoux 7753 automatic chronograph movement, with 27 jewels, 28,800 vph, and a 46 hour power reserve.

This is a rather generic and commonly used ETA/Valjoux movement manufactured by Swatch Group, but it’s a robust, reliable and accurate movement. It’s not a fancy in-house made movement but it does its job well.

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A Review of Raymond Weil’s reputation

The manufacturer is known for making relatively affordable watches of fine craftsmanship.

To my knowledge, Raymond Weil is a successful brand which offers their watches at retailers all over the world. It isn’t the most famous Swiss brand in the world, but to my knowledge, Raymond Weil has a good and decent reputation – I have actually never heard anything unfavorable about the brand. I’d say that Raymond Weil is an entry-level Swiss luxury brand.

Raymond Weil is a very young Swiss watch manufacturer – they were established in 1976 in Geneva, in Switzerland. It’s a very unusual brand because it’s one of very few independent and family owned companies left in the Swiss luxury watch industry.

As far as ranking is concerned, I would place Raymond Weil in the top 20-30 luxury watch brands of the world.

Raymond Weil Freelancer

(Image By Marcvarnet)

Most of their watches and collections use automatic movements – few of them use quartz/battery movements, and most Raymond Weil Collections are dress watches. The Raymond Weil Nabucco Collection, is different – it’s the sportiest collection of them all, offering watches that are water resistant down to 660 feet / 200 meters.

The Raymond Weil Nabucco watches have in my opinion a perfect blend of elegance and sporty utility and practicality – they could be used as dress and tool watches.

All Nabucco watches are chronographs and utilize the Swiss Valjoux 7753 automatic chronograph movement, which means it isn’t an in-house made movement – it’s a generic and commonly used ETA/Valjoux movement, manufactured by Swatch Group, but it’s an accurate, reliable and robust movement.

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A Review of Raymond Weil’s ranking

My ranking of Raymond Weil: top 20-30 brands.

It’s debatable how you actually rank a brand, and a ranking is never objective, but the best way to turn a subjective ranking into an “objective” one is to rely on certain criteria. My ranking criteria of course are entirely subjective, and they aren’t set in stone.

I use 14 criteria in determining the ranking of a particular brand, such as (1) a long and respected history, (2) limited supply and large demand, (3) reputation/status/prestige, (4) whether the brand is independent or not, (5) pioneering spirit and innovations, (6) impact on watchmaking history and modern culture, (7) general in-house production, (8) whether the brand relies on in-house made movements or not, (9) whether or not the brand makes movement complications, (10) steel grade, (11) build quality, (12) price range, (13) good resale value, and (14) market presence.

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*Most Raymond Weil Nabucco watches lack the traditional diver’s bezel and may not necessarily be regarded as “real divers watches”, but almost all of them fulfill the minimum water resistance requirements of divers watches, which is 330 feet / 100 meters. The minimum water resistance level of most Raymond Weil Nabucco watches is 660 feet / 200 meters.

 

 

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