Raymond Weil Maestro Cushion Watch Hands-On

Raymond Weil Maestro Cushion Watch Hands-On

Raymond Weil Maestro Cushion Watch Hands On   hands on

Putting on the new Raymond Weil Maestro Cushion, I didn't know what to make of it. Do I like the watch? Does it look flattering on the wrist. The old TV screen-style case has been a hit and miss historically as it seems to have made some watches nicer, while others not so nice at all. After looking at the Maestro Cushion on my wrist for a while, I think I like it. The price ain't too bad either.

I am typically much pickier with my dress watches than I am with sport watches. I don't usually wear formal attire, so I don't usually wear a formal watch. When it comes to dress watches I need to really like them to feel inspired enough to wear them. I also feel that dress watches need to be very legible. Otherwise I won't dare wear them. This 2013 Maestro Cushion adds to the larger Maestro watch family and is an appealing watch if you find use for it often enough in your preferred attire.

Raymond Weil Maestro Cushion Watch Hands On   hands on

Raymond Weil Maestro Cushion Watch Hands On   hands on

Raymond Weil is among the few brands such as Frederique Constant that know how to make a Swiss made dress watch that looks a lot more expensive than it is. These pieces are both under $1,800 and offer a classic, yet refreshingly unconventional look. Given the cushion-shape, the cases feel larger than they are, which is 40mm x 40mm. There is one version in polished steel on a polished steel bracelet, and another version in PVD gold on a black leather strap.

Both styles of the Maestro Cushion are nice, though for me I would choose the gold-toned one on the strap. Mostly because the black strap contrasts with the case allowing for the shape to show prominently. Again, no one is buying this watch in an attempt to hide that cushion shape. The case itself is water resistant to 50 meters and has a sapphire crystal over the dial.

7 comments
Oklahomaultrarunning
Oklahomaultrarunning

I see the face of this piece, more like an ArtDeco-retro face, and it conjured images of Bogart & Spencer Tracy. I very much like the shape and styling that this watch offers. But then again, I wear leather soled wing tips when I dress for the occasion .

LapYoda
LapYoda

I do really like the case shape (there really aren't enough cushion-shaped watches on the market, IMHO) and the dial finishing, but I think I would prefer a more modern dial and hand design as this just seems more traditional than what I like.  Plus the price seems high for an unmodified 2824.  I'm interested to see what variants RW will make on this particular line, since I would like a cushion-shaped watch better finished and less gargantuan than the SevenFriday, but not as expensive as the Tag Heuer Silverstone.

BermudaTriangle
BermudaTriangle

Funny that the Watch Snob also discussed Raymond Weil in his column today (25 July).  RW has frequently been a target of his incisive commentary on the Swiss watch industry. Distilled to its essence in his closing summation, his objection to RW (and Bulova and Movado and others) is that the product is simply too much money for too little substance. He does not seem to find anything inherently objectionable about ETA/Valjoux movements - his objection is that RW pays CHF 100 (or more likely much less) for the movement, has watch cases and dials made in Burma or Thailand or China for CHF 20 or so, then puts all the little pieces together, hangs a fancy name on the product and sells it for CHF2,000.  Weil is not a serious producer of serious timepieces - it is a marketing exercise for fashionistas. For RW to proclaim itself as more than that is an affront to the serious practitioners of the Swiss watchmaking art.

Frederique Constant at least is making the effort to produce some of its own movements and cases and to offer some interesting and imaginative product at 'affordable' prices. Should one compare two makes when one of them puts the effort into R&D and the other just hires very good ad agencies?

carolyn h
carolyn h

I think its aesthetically a very nice dress watch. I like the bracelet too, but am not sure I like it with the 60's shape face. However, the price is too high for what is essentially a straight 2824.


JonnyD
JonnyD

It's a decent enough effort, I just prefer dress watches in the traditional round variety. It is a bit misleading to call the movement a RW caliber when it appears, as Ariel said, to be just a decorated base 2824. Shows how important marketing departments have become in the industry.