Raymond Weil A week with the new shine
The female members of the WorldTempus team had the opportunity to test-drive the new shine watch.
The Raymond Weil Shine, both a watch and an item of jewellery, has plenty to recommend it. Feminine, elegant and discreet, the Shine boasts a classic design with a hidden touch of ingenuity: thanks to a unique patented system of interchangeable straps, the Shine can be matched to any occasion, effortlessly switching from urban steel to the more chic and sophisticated black satin strap. This ladies’ timepiece is driven by a quartz movement, providing hours and minutes along with a date at 3 o’clock. The blued hands and Roman numerals contrast elegantly with the sunburst guilloché dial. The 32 mm steel case is set with diamonds, and its domed blue crown subtly references the two central hands.
I generally go for bigger watches with a more masculine design, but I was pleasantly surprised by how comfortable the watch felt on the wrist, and how readable it was. Its classic feminine elegance is certainly very attractive. With its minimalist, sleek and unquestionably stylish good looks, this ladies’ watch succeeded in winning me over.
My colleagues were universally admiring, and I received plenty of compliments on its timeless design and classic elegance. Some of them were surprised to see me a few days later wearing the same watch, but this time with a steel bracelet, giving it a more urban and contemporary look. But they were just as admiring.
The shine‘s versatility for both daytime and evening wear is sure to cement its appeal to a broad cross-section of women.
To be honest, this watch took me out of my comfort zone. I never wear ladies’ watches, since I generally prefer more masculine timepieces with a broader diameter. So trying the new Raymond Weil shine was an interesting experience for me.
When I choose a watch, elegance is one of my main criteria. With its delicate mother-of-pearl dial set with eight diamonds, its harmonious curves and gem-set bezel, the Shine is judicious blend of elegance and design purity.
What I liked most about the watch was its “chameleon” side. It has an exclusive patented system of interchangeable bracelets, designed by Raymond Weil’s in-house research and development team. The watch comes with both a steel bracelet and a satin strap, making it as much an item of jewellery as a watch, and something that can be worn both in the daytime and at night. Changing the watch’s entire personality takes a matter of just a few seconds, which is a major advantage for someone as impatient as I am!
At the time of the Brand’s creation in 1976, Raymond Weil wanted to bring luxury Swiss watchmaking within the reach of a wider public. This visionary approach, always dear to the three generations, has enabled the Brand to develop internationally, within the space of only a few decades.Find out more >
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