By Michelle Graff
The Cello Tourbillon is the latest addition to Raymond Weil’s Nabucco collection and is the brand’s first tourbillon timepiece. It retails for close to $40,000 and will be made in a limited edition of 10.
Geneva--Raymond Weil, a brand known for making affordable mechanical watches, has debuted its first tourbillon timepiece, a 46 mm watch priced at $39,995.

Powered by the RW1842, the manual-wind Nabucco Cello Tourbillon has a power reserve of 107 hours, with the tourbillon at 6 o’clock, and is steel and titanium with black PVD-coated carbon fiber sides and an exhibition caseback.

The brainchild of CEO Elie Bernheim, the grandson of company founder Raymond Weil and a lifelong cellist, the watch was designed to “create the illusion of an instrument in miniature,” the Swiss watch company said.

The movement bridges supporting the tourbillon escapement and mainspring barrel are shaped like the f-holes on a cello, and there are four tiny strings that stretch across the dial from 9 to 3 o’clock.

The Nabucco Cello Tourbillion is an extremely limited edition--Raymond Weil is making only 10 of them. It will become available this month.

The cello-inspired tourbillon was one of a number of music-themed introductions from Raymond Weil at Baselworld, which is not surprising coming from a brand that has given the majority of its collections names related to music, a passion of the entire Bernheim family. Nabucco and Parsifal, for example, are both operas while other collection names include Maestro and Toccata.
Also released at Baselword was the brand’s limited-edition Frank Sinatra watch, in recognition of the fact that this year would have been the famous singer’s 100th birthday, as well as a limited-edition watch co-branded with Gibson, the guitar company.

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