Most of Raymond Weil’s watches are linked to music in some way, and with their latest release they have pulled off something of a coup. In collaboration with the David Bowie Estate they now unveil the Limited-Edition freelancer ‘David Bowie’, a tribute to the life and musical career of one of the most influential artists of all time.
The watch was created to celebrate what would have been Bowie’s 70th birthday. To celebrate David Bowie, Raymond Weil chose what it calls its most free-spirited model – freelancer.
The 42mm case contains a dial resembling a vinyl record featuring some of the most emblematic design cues of the British artist. Amongst the key design features, the lightning bolt painted across his face that first appeared on the cover of the Aladdin Sane album in 1973. The stylized lightning bolt is featured in red at 12 o’clock. And the pop art logo designed by Andy Warhol especially for David Bowie and revealed on the cover of the album Diamond Dogs in 1974 makes its mark on the dial.
Produced in a 3,000-piece limited, numbered series, the freelancer ‘David Bowie’ runs on a self-winding movement that appears beneath a portrait of the man himself, taken in 1974 by photographer Terry O’Neill.
“He was an artist in a league of his own, a visionary, multi-faceted icon whose work is testimony to an exceptional career as a musician and a creative. His metamorphoses both in terms of style and music studded his career, catapulting both himself and his characters to legendary status. He embodies the free spirit that has guided Raymond Weil day after day since it was created” Elie Bernheim, CEO Raymond Weil
“I’ve always felt that there was a real synergy behind great timepieces and photography. The precision of keeping time is akin to a photographer needing to know the exact moment to capture an iconic image. As a watch collector myself, this Raymond Weil collaboration is a wonderful project to be affiliated with. Their watches are a thing of beauty. I’m thrilled they’ve selected to pay tribute to David Bowie in such a way and I’m honored to be a part of it.” Terry O’Neill, Photographer
UK price for the limited-edition watch is £1,395.