Hands-On: Our Technical Editor's Thoughts On The $40,000 Raymond Weil Nabucco Cello Tourbillon
Raymond Weil will confront such countless columnists and gatherers crap crapping the watch dependent on name alone, we at HODINKEE decided to pass judgment on this for what it is, not what it addresses. On the off chance that we don't offer it a reasonable chance, who will?
So what is this $40,000 Nabucco Cello tourbillon? It’s a watch obviously! Thusly, we gave the piece off to our technical proofreader, Mr. Nicholas Manousos, who turns out to be a prepared watchmaker, for assessment. Here we will fail to remember the looks (46 mm in a PVD carbon-fiber case), or that there is little association between Raymond Weil and the world of music past the basic certainty that Mr. Weil himself loves the cello, the plain motivation for this watch. Or on the other hand that this watch costs in excess of multiple times some other watch in the whole assortment, making it a reasonable anomaly in any event, for the most steadfast RW sweetheart.
Yes, we will see this watch simply on technical benefits to check whether Raymond Weil has prevailing with regards to making an incredible watch, from a watchmaker’s perspective.
Considerations From A Watchmaker
By Nicholas Manousos
For a second, we should disregard the Raymond Weil brand, the case, the lash and the extravagant box. How about we center around the development. There is a great deal to like, and a ton to question. In the first place, note that this is certainly not an in-house development. While Raymond Weil doesn’t supply the information about with whom they worked on the type, a straightforward inquiry from our article group to them yielded an answer: “[Raymond Weil] teamed up intimately with Tec Ebauches on the Tourbillon development. Just to explain, [Raymond Weil] didn’t simply purchase it, they created it together explicitly for this piece.” While this sounds decent, I can’t say that I trust it to be 100% valid. This development looks a ton like the MR02 development found in the Manufacture Royale Androgyne . The scaffolds are extraordinary, however that is about it. This obviously brings in to question MR’s cases that they too planned their $58,000 tourbillon in-house, however that is another story for one more day. On to Raymond Weil.
The development architecture of type RW1842 is well done. The barrel, focus wheel and tourbillon are orchestrated evenly with a counterbalance unnecessary extra person wheel. Extensions formed like cello f-openings hold the barrel and tourbillon set up. The tourbillon has a scaffold on both the development and dial side, which gives it a pleasant skimming impact for most extreme perceivability. This allows a ton of light into the development and makes the silicon get away from wheel and bed fork truly noticeable. The wheels are all nickel, which makes for an extremely current look.
With the entirety of the attention set on the tourbillon, you would anticipate that it should be done well indeed – sadly this isn’t the situation. It would seem that a straight grain was endeavored on the tourbillon carriage, yet the outcome is fairly harsh. Also, there is a stage on the upper tourbillon carriage connect, to offer leeway to the movement work’s hour wheel as the tourbillon turns. This progression is truly astounding, as it complicates completing quite a piece, and as I would see it, doesn’t add much to the feel of the type. An option would have been to make the development slightly taller, so the tourbillon carriage would have space to clear the hour wheel with a straight upper scaffold.
Notice the diverse completing at the top of the hour and moment wheels
Speaking of the movement works, the hour wheel and moment wheel are done in an unexpected way. The hour wheel has an outspread grain, while the moment wheel is dark cleaned. To my eye, it looks very odd.
A tourbillon carriage is substantial, and requires a ton of torque to begin and stop at each vibration of the equilibrium wheel. Along these lines, it isn’t unexpected to see tourbillon developments with two barrels. The balanced game plan with one barrel looks decent, yet torque is forfeited. This makes changing the development interesting, which is clear when setting the time. Turning the hands backwards with the development running stops the tourbillon completely. (This shouldn’t happen.)
A tourbillon development from Raymond Weil is a huge advance up from what the brand typically delivers – indeed it couldn’t be any more extraordinary. The idea is intriguing and there are some decent plan qualities seen here, however fascinating for what it’s worth, the little issues truly add up. In any case, the cost for this tourbillon is considerably not exactly a conventional Swiss tourbillon and that may interest a few. All things considered, there are technical changes that could be made to this current type that would make it more strong as a development without adding huge expense, and I’d desire to see those changes in future efforts.
Further, it is my conviction that this type from TEC is to be sure equivalent to establish in this Manufacture Royale that retails for $20,000 more than the RW . Does that make the Raymond Weil a deal? Maybe.
The Raymond Weil Nabucco Cello Tourbillon is accessible now for $39,995 and you can peruse more about it here.