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Raymond Weil Millesime Moon Phase Builds on GPHG 2023 Success

Raymond Weil Millesime Automatic Moon Phase

The launch of Raymond Weil’s Millesime 2930 last year felt like a real breakout moment for the brand. It saw them win their first ever GPHG award and injected a fresh sense of vitality after years of relying on the Freelancer as their main flagship collection. Building on this momentum, they’ve now expanded the Millesime into a full-blooded range with the addition of 11 new references. For now, we’re focussing on just four of those watches, the Raymond Weil Millesime Moon Phase.

Raymond Weil Millesime Automatic Moon Phase
Raymond Weil Millesime Automatic Moon Phase

A moonphase is a natural addition to the Millesime due to its neo-vintage aesthetic and dress watch appeal. Across the four watches, there are two sizes available – two at 39.5mm and two at 35mm. Ostensibly this splits them into men’s and women’s duos but with the increasing popularity of smaller watches, there’re actually very unisex.

They’re all made from stainless steel although one reference at each size also features a rose gold PVD, giving those watches a more traditional luxury dress watch aesthetic. Speaking of luxury, the plain steel edition at 35mm also features gemset lugs, making it the most overtly feminine of the four but only fractionally.

Raymond Weil Millesime Automatic Moon Phase

Raymond Weil Millesime Automatic Moon Phase

Of course, at the core of the Millesime Moon Pphase is the new moonphase, presented at 6 o’clock on the sector dials. It matches the graphic, Art Deco style of the watch’s display with a face presented on the disk of the moon adding a cool level of stylisation. It would be a worthy addition to our complete guide to modern moonphase watches. Beyond the addition of this celestial complication, the dial remains refined and elegant. In terms of colour, at 39.5mm there’s midnight blue for the gold case and silver on the steel, at 35mm that’s flipped to a silver dial on the gold model and denim blue for the steel.

Raymond Weil Millesime Automatic Moon Phase 35mm
Raymond Weil Millesime Automatic Moon Phase 35mm

Powering all four watches is the RW4280 automatic movement, based on the Sellita SW280-1. It’s a calibre that has seen use previously in watches like the Raymond Weil Maestro Moon Phase. The main drawback is its 38-hour power reserve, which is fairly low by modern standards. Hopefully that will be improved in future considering that Sellita has upgraded its range – presumably when Raymond Weil uses up its current stock of movements they’ll move to the improved version.

Raymond Weil Millesime Automatic Moon Phase 39.5mm
Raymond Weil Millesime Automatic Moon Phase 39.5mm

For attractive moonphase watches, they have very reasonable prices: the 39.5mm steel model is priced at CHF 2,125, both rose gold-plated models are CHF 2,225 and the gemset 35mm model is CHF 2,450 (approx. £1,875/£1,960/£2,160). I think those prices make sense because these are some of the most attractive dress watches Raymond Weil have released in recent years.

Price and Specs:

Model: Raymond Weil Millesime Automatic Moon Phase
Ref: 2145-SCS-05511 (denim blue dial, 35mm steel case with 16 lab-grown diamonds), 2145-PC5-05650 (silver dial, 35mm rose-gold PVD-coated steel case), 2945-STC-65001 (silver dial, 39.5mm steel case), 2945-PC5-50001 (midnight blue dial, 39.5mm rose-gold PVD-coated steel case)
Case: 35mm diameter x 9.98mm thickness (35mm) or 39.5mm diameter x 10.05mm thickness (39mm), stainless steel, 16 lab-grown diamonds (ref. 2145-SCS-05511 only)
Dial: Sector silver, denim blue or midnight blue
Water resistance: 50m (5 bar)
Movement: Raymond Weil calibre RW4280 (based on Sellita SW280-1), automatic, 26 jewels
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 38h
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, moonphase
Strap: Calf leather
Price: CHF 2,125 (approx. £1,875) (silver dial, 39.5mm steel case), CHF 2,225 (35mm silver and 39.5mm midnight blue) (approx. £1,960), CHF 2,450 (approx. £2,160) (denim blue dial, 35mm steel case)

More details at Raymond Weil.

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Michael Sonsino

As Digital Editor for Oracle Time, Michael needs an eye for detail, which makes it a good thing that his twin joys in life are miniatures and watches. He's a lifelong fan of fine timepieces, especially those of a more historic nature - if it has a twist of Art Deco, all the better. Recent purchase: Seiko Prospex 1959 Alpinist Modern Re-Interpretation. Grail watch: Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921.