Raymond Weil Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band limited edition
Raymond Weil brings its Beatles collection up to a trilogy.
After a first model dedicated to the entire Beatles anthology, Raymond Weil followed up with a second limited edition named after the band’s 11th studio album Abbey Road. Now it is time for Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band to benefit from Raymond Weil’s horological tribute.
The cover of Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album
This album was significant in the band’s history since it was the first studio album recorded after the brand permanently retired from touring. It thus allowed for a number of innovative approaches to the recording, since the band knew that they would never have to perform any of the songs live. This led to highly original sounds on tracks such as Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, which featured a Lowrey organ that was distorted with studio effects and an Indian tambura. The studio itself actually became an instrument. On the album, the Beatles made it sound as if Sergeant Pepper and his band existed, adding effects to reinforce the idea of this alter ego.
As with many Beatles album covers, the sleeve for Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was a genuine work of art, designed by pop artists Peter Blake and Jann Haworth. It is this design that has inspired the design of the third Raymond Weil Maestro watch to be produced under the partnership with the Beatles. The bass drum design from the album is outlined in black on the silver dial and the smoked sapphire crystal case back features the Beatles logo and the limited-edition engraving. Unlike the previous two models, this limited edition uses the warmer colour of yellow gold with a PVD coating on the case and matching yellow-gold accents on the dial for the hour markers (note the distinctive hour marker at 4 o’clock – a position that has been reserved to represent the four members of the band on all Beatles limited editions).
Maestro The Beatles Sgt Pepper’s Limited Edition © Raymond Weil
In another first, Raymond Weil introduces a strap on this model. It is the brand’s first “Vegan” strap, in keeping with the beliefs held by the band, made of black polyurethane. Beatles fans may remember the vivid colours from the Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band cover. You won’t find them on the case, because Raymond Weil offers the epitome of classic timepieces, regardless of which particular artist it is paying tribute to (the brand has also produced watches bearing names of other music legends such as AC/DC, Bob Marley and David Bowie). But you will find the bright colours, and the moustaches worn by the all four band members on the album cover, emblazoned on the presentation box that comes with this watch.
© Raymond Weil
Like all Beatles Limited Edition, only 3,000 of the Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band will be available. They are powered by the Raymond Weil RW4200 self-winding movement, which offers a power reserve of 38 hours.
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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