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— Raymond Weil CEO Elie Bernheim’s wellestablished love of music has been reflected in several of his brand’s watches — most recently in last year’s Maestro Beatles limited edition and 2015’s Nabucco Gibson SG. is year, a new piece in Raymond Weil’s Freelancer collection celebrates the spirit of Gibson’s iconic Les Paul guitar and its role in the history of rock ‘n’ roll: the Raymond Weil Freelancer Chronograph “Gibson Les Paul.”
e watch features several visual elements inspired by the legendary guitar, named for its inventor, Lester William Polsfuss, aka Les Paul, and made famous by artists such as Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton, who have used the instrument in carving out their places in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. e stainless-steel case measures 43.5 mm in diameter, with a black Pvd-coated tachymeter bezel that echoes the lacquer finish on the Les Paul “Black Beauty” guitar.
e famous golden split-diamond inlay, a defining feature of the Gibson Les Paul, is represented at 4:30 next to the date window. Golden highlights are used in the chronograph counter, date window, and central chrono hand. Finally, the perforations in the golden-top-stitched calf leather strap are reminiscent of the sound holes in the body of a guitar.
e chronograph, with a 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock and 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock, as well as the other timekeeping functions, is powered by the mechanical, self-winding Caliber RW5010 (based on the La Joux-perret 8601), which is visible through the caseback adorned with another Gibson logo. e movement has a 46-hour power reserve.
e Raymond Weil Freelancer “Gibson Les Paul” is a limited edition of 300 pieces, priced at $3,295. It is encased in a special presentation box that is inspired by a Gibson guitar case.