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Raymond Weil - A History of Successes

In 2011, Raymond Weil celebrates 35 years of success. The business, established in 1976 by the titular founder, has since become a flagship prestigious Swiss watch brand in the UK and around the world. Although it is admired as a brand on an international scale, the company's passionate independent spirit remains intact with the third generation of the family joining the business in 2006 and now guiding the company to a prosperous future.

Not long after Raymond Weil watches were first established, Weil's son-in-law Olivier Bernheim joined the family business in 1982. Together, Weil and Bernheim ensured the watches being produced were novel in concept and design, with quality always the primary goal.

Early successes in the 1980s included two collections influenced by Weil's love of classical music, Amadeus and Fidelio. The company's tenth anniversary was marked by the Othello collection, which combined avant-garde technology with refined design, while the decade was rounded off with the launch of the innovative Traviata range.

The beginning of the 1990s saw the launch of what remains one of the company's most popular collections, Parsifal. These gents and ladies watches marked a new step in Raymond Weil's approach to luxury watches, combining high quality materials with mechanical complications, and have just recently celebrated their 20th year as an iconic addition to the family of Raymond Weil watches.

Meanwhile, the mid-90s saw the first Tradition and Tango watches released to great acclaim, and the establishment of the R&D department, ensuring the company's commitment to an innovative future remains as important as its rich heritage.

The new millennium continued Raymond Weil watches' long list of successes, Bernheim's two sons joining the company and taking the company into its third full decade as a renowned manufacturer of Swiss watches. 2002 introduced the fully mechanical Don Giovanni Grande collection, another firm favourite even today, and ladies-own range Shine was a hit in 2005. The Nabucco collection followed in 2007, providing collectors with a mechanical watch with 200m water resistance and integrated high-tech carbon fibre material; the same year gave us the Freelancer collection and saw Raymond Weil receive the '2007 Industry Award' from the State of Geneva.

Further achievements include Raymond Weil watches becoming an official partner of the UK musics scenes most important yearly event, The BRIT Awards in 2008, with expansion in the U.S. and India opening the family business up to even greater global prospects.