Swiss watchmaker Raymond Weil recently announced the re-launch of the iconic Don Giovanni Cosi Grande timepiece. A decade has passed since the initial release but the watch with a name akin to a mafia boss, the rectangular-cased jumping hour watch is a fine example of outstanding haute horlogerie.
The rectangular polished case catches the eye first. Measuring a 50 x 37.6mm and at only 12.4mm in thickness, this watch is perfect for both the office and dressier occasions. The dial is next to focus the gaze, with the unusual ‘jumping hour’ on display. The hour-hand is replaced by a large, easy-to-read window at 12 o’clock, with a disc featuring the numbers of the hours. Every hour, the number promptly “jumps” and appears in the window. It’s a feature that will have the wearer, and onlookers, fascinated by how the complication.
There are then the two sub dials, for minutes and seconds, that are framed by diamond-shaped brackets forming a figure 8, whose curved outlines – like the dial’s different-sized Arabic numerals – stand out in silver against a black ground. Both the case and bracelet are polished stainless-steel case, although it is also available with a black leather strap as well.
There is much to admire about this timepiece before you even explore under the bonnet. It’s powered by the mechanical calibre RW 1400 automatic movement – the heart of the movement – delivering 28,800 vibrations per hour that packs in the 42-hour power reserve. This engine is displayed beneath the screwed sapphire crystal case-back.
The Don Giovanni is re-launched with just 20 units available worldwide, thus it’s a unique limited edition for the discerning gent to consider. Another aspect of the re-launch is the heritage and contribution of Raymond Weil within the global music scene. Partnering with Nordoff Robbins, the largest independent music therapy charity, the watchmaker has committed to donating 10% of sales proceeds to the charity. The masculine look, unique design inside and out, along with the charity partnership are all positive marks that go to highlight the Geneva watchmaker’s unique savoir-faire.
RRP £3,995 – Raymond Weil