May 7, 2011

Raymond Weil Nabucco Black Chronograph Review

Raymond Weil Nabucco Black Chronograph Watch Review

  Raymond Weil goes black, with the stealthy Nabucco Black Chronograph (ref. 7810-BSF-05207). One thing to understand from the start, this is one of Raymond Weil’s top of the line watches. The price is reflective of the execution of this masculine watch. Nothing was seemingly held back on Nabucco, from the design to the construction. The 46mm case showcases the the beauty of the Nabucco. This is a serious watch, with serious wrist presence. Not only in case diameter, but in part because the watch is a chronograph. The all black titanium case has a PVD treatment, with black carbon fiber sides. The carbon fiber sides are extremely well done, providing the added “cool” factor to overall appearance. Yes, the watch is large at 46mm, though, being titanium and carbon fiber the watch has a very manageable weight. 
  The matte black dial is appreciated through the double-sided AR (anti-reflective) coated sapphire crystal. The date window is black with white numerals for easier reading. This is a three subdial chronograph, with locations at 3, 6, and 9 o’clock. This particular subdial layout balances the dial very well. The Nabucco Black Chronograph has seductive blue subdial and chronograph hands, offering a glimmer of life into this otherwise mysterious watch. A jet black crocodile strap fits snug to the case, that is fitted with a deployant buckle. For Raymond Weil this is one of their more expensive pieces, evident through the well thought out watch. Overall, the Nabucco Chronograph is a visual stunner, with a price tag to match. 

Pros - Aesthetics, carbon fiber sides, great strap, Valjoux 7753 automatic movement

Consideration - Price point if looking at MSRP

Case: Titanium
Case Diameter: 46mm
Lug Width: 24mm
Bezel: Tachymeter
Crystal: Sapphire
Dial: Black
Strap: Black Crocodile 
Movement: Valjoux 7753
Power Reserve: 46 Hrs 
Water Resistance: 200m


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