Raymond Weil creates some watches dedicated to musicians, and the Maestro Buddy Holly has one of the coolest small seconds hands that I’ve seen in a while. The counterweight in the form of Buddy Holly’s glasses is a lovely touch. The watch is nice for its understated approach. Apart from the Buddy Holly signature below the brand name, the other references to the rock and roll musician are subtle, such as the light blue of the seconds subdial and chapter ring, apparently his favourite colour, and the large numeral 9, his favourite number. The result is a very attractive watch.
It was designed in collaboration with Maria Elena Holly, Buddy’s widow. A contribution from each watch sold will be donated to the Buddy Holly Educational Foundation, a charity set up to provide music education for young people worldwide. The watch has a 39.5 mm Maestro case, 9 mm thick, in polished stainless steel, housing an automatic mechanical movement, RW4250, with a 38 hour power reserve. It’s presumably an ETA or Sellita movement, perhaps Sellita SW260-1. It can be glimpsed through the smoked sapphire crystal display caseback, wich also has the logo of the Buddy Holly Educational Foundation.
Price and reference
The Raymond Weil Maestro Buddy Holly is reference 2238-ST-BUDH1. It costs 1,595 Swiss francs, and it will be available from June 2017. More information from www.raymond-weil.com