If you take a look at Raymond Weil’s major launches across the last year, you might notice a theme. There’s the Freelancer Diver Geneva, Freelancer GMT and Freelancer Chronograph. You’d be forgiven for thinking that Raymond Weil are best known for their sporty designs and utility focussed complications. However, a large part of the Raymond Weil identity consists of refined dress watches with musical inspirations. A perfect example is the new maestro Small Seconds 2238.
It’s very easy to go over the top with the music metaphors here so I’ll try to stop myself getting too lyrical. But the core concept of the maestro 2238 is that it’s compact at a 39.5mm diameter and the dial features a central spiral pattern surrounded by a snailed hour track with a small seconds subdial at 6 o’clock. In some regards, it’s structured like an orchestra with the sections of the dial separating out the instruments and the most frenetic piece, the small seconds, acting as the conductor positioned at the front.
If the small seconds is the conductor, the movement beneath is the metronome, keeping everything in time. It’s the calibre RW4250, based on the Sellita SW200, which has a 38-hour power reserve. It’s nothing too special but it’s as reliable and consistent as you’d hope a metronome would be.
What pulls the maestro Small Seconds 2238 together is the colours. There are three on offer, one in grey, one in blue and the other in green. Of the three, the blue is the most classic and really highlights the motif of the dial, like a whirlpool. Although the green and grey are both nice too with subtler tones.
Regardless which colour you prefer, the Raymond Weil maestro Small Seconds 2238 collection are all priced at a reasonably accessible £1,395. That’s solidly the mid-range of the maestro collection which tends to be between £1,100 – £1,700 range with some exceptions. The maestro Small Seconds is a lovely addition to the line.
Price & Specs:
- Model: Raymond Weil maestro Small Seconds 2238
- Case/dial: 39.5mm dimeter x 10mm thickness, stainless steel case, grey gradient dial
- Water resistance: 50m (5 bar)
- Movement: Raymond Weil calibre RW4250, automatic
- Power reserve: 38h
- Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
- Strap: Calf leather with alligator motif
- Price/availability: £1,395
More details at Raymond Weil.