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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.

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