Raymond Weil was founded in 1976, when the golden era of rock was in full swing, and for decades the watchmaker has retained close ties with the industry. Not only has it produced timepieces linked to such artists as David Bowie, Buddy Holly and Bob Marley, but partnered with the companies behind the sound of some of history’s greatest hits, including Gibson and Marshall.
But perhaps its most high-profile tie-in has been with Apple Corps, the venture set up by The Beatles. The first fruits of this collaboration came in 2016 with the release of the Maestro 2237-ST-BEAT1, a sleek silver-dialled model with numerous nods to the Fab Four. This included their album titles written around the hour track, as well as the official Beatles logo taking pride towards 6 o’clock.
Following the popularity of this initial design, a year later came the Maestro ‘The Beatles Abbey Road Limited Edition’, taking inspiration from the design of a vinyl record. In 2019 another of the group’s albums took its turn in the spotlight with the Maestro The Beatles Sgt Pepper’s Limited Edition, a dressy yellow-gold PVD number fitted with a vegan leather strap. Recently rounding the series off in style was The Beatles IV Let It Be Maestro, with a modern openworked design highlighting the beating heart of the watch.
With each limited to 3,000 pieces, as the four-part line comes to its close it runs for one final encore. One lucky Beatles fan can have the chance to own a full set, each bearing the serial number 0001. These come in a special wooden presentation box, priced at £16,000, with 100 per cent of the sale proceeds donated to Nordoff Robbins, the UK’s largest music therapy charity.