By Hallie Engel
Luxury Swiss watchmaker Raymond Weil celebrated its third year as the Official Watch & Timing Partner of the Classic BRIT Awards 2013 honouring top classical music talents at a ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall, last week.
To mark its continued support of the UK’s foremost music awards event, Raymond Weil created two limited edition timepieces that were presented to key performers, presenters and guests.
Recipients of the Classic BRIT Awards Maestro watches included Hans Zimmer, Sir Michael Caine, Jodie Whittaker, Samantha Barks, Selina Scott, Jack Topping, Jane Asher, Amy Dickson, Cherie Lunghi, Gareth Malone, Aled Jones, Christopher Warren Green, Nicola Benedetti, Martynas, Alfie Boe and Jonathan Ross.
The Outstanding Contribution to Music Award in association with Raymond Weil was awarded by Sir Michael Caine to Hans Zimmer for his scores, including The Dark Knight Rises and Man of Steel. Zimmer was also presented with the Composer of the Year Award and performed a medley of his themes on the piano, accompanied by the London Chamber Orchestra.
The gent’s Classic BRIT Awards 2013 special edition is a Maestro 7737-STC-00659, and features a 41.5mm stainless steel case, automatic chronograph movement with 46-hour power reserve, an elegant silver dial with blue hands and black indexes on a black calf leather strap. The ladies’ version is a Maestro 2637-SLS-0965, and has an elegant 30mm stainless steel case that shelters a precious mother of pearl dial, on which diamonds alternate with silver Roman numerals on the indexes. A leather strap adds a classic look, and the watch is completed by an automatic movement that is showcased by a visible balance wheel on the dial at 12 o’clock.
Now in its 14th year, the Classic BRIT Awards has played a major role in supporting and nurturing all types of musical talent and styles within the classical world, from opera to soundtracks, traditional to theatre.