Written by Joanne Paiva
Raymond Weil ushers in the New Year with the release of the limited edition Nabucco Cuore Caldo Twelve men’s watch. This latest addition to the sleek and architectural Nabucco collection (named after the famed Italian opera) has a special significance – the number twelve is boldly written out in 18 carat gold emphasizing its importance.
The brand has been dedicated to the fight against cancer for many years and continues to do so by donating a portion of all sales of this model to the support of pediatric cancer treatment at the University of Geneva-Switzerland hospital.
Made from carbon fiber, steel, and titanium the design is warmed by 18 carat rose gold. The 46mm diameter case is made of steel and done in a “godron’ pattern with brushed vertical bands giving it a strong presence.
The black dial has a sporty look that harkens to the racing world with its center checkerboard pattern. It is surrounded by an 18 carat rose gold tachymeter bezel, providing speed calculations and complimenting the rose gold of the “twelve” script at 12 o’clock. There are three sub-dials – a 42 hour power reserve indication, a split-seconds chronograph, and a 30-minute counter. The frames of the counters, hands, hour markers and the “twelve” are all plated in rose gold and coated with luminosity for better clarity.
An exhibition case offers a look at the 31 jewels housed inside the heart of this timepiece through a sapphire crystal revealing the craftsmanship of circular graining and “cote de Geneve” decorations. Bi-compax automatic winding is incorporated into the mechanical movement and it is water-resistant to 100 meters (330 feet).
Quietly finishing off the bold design is a vulcanized rubber strap with a titanium folding clasp offering the ultimate in comfort and style. There is also a black leather option for a dressier look.
The juxtaposition of warm and cold, of smooth metal and texture give this watch an elegance and strength that represents the beginning of a new year and a continued dedication to a worthy cause. The Nabucco Cuore Caldo Twelve is limited to 76 units paying homage to the year the brand came into being.