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The Raymond Weil Nabucco Titanium Chronograph is one of the most attractive new additions from this brand. At 46mm, it regrettably exceeds the size of timepiece that I feel comfortable appearing in public in, but that’s my problem. Vexing personal complexes aside, there’s little doubt to me that many watch fans will happily gravitate to this chronograph and not look back.

The choice of Raymond Weil to merge stainless and titanium in the creation of the Nabucco Titanium Chronograph was an intelligent one; the combo looks great, but it’s also very practical as it keeps durability up, and weight down (no mean feat in a such a large watch) Moving on, the case and bracelet compliment each other very well, and draw the eye to the well-executed and very intricate dial. As all sports chronographs should, this timepiece has a calibrated tachymeter scale, which gets high aesthetic marks for being engraved on the brushed bezel. Very nice indeed!

A true sports watch should always be water resistant, and the more the better (100 meters is a good starting point, in my opinion). The Raymond Weil Nabucco Titanium Chronograph is warranted to twice that depth, and has a screw-down crown, caseback, and notably – chronograph pushers; all of this provides a comforting degree of security from the elements. Those who don’t appreciate retina-stabbing flashes from the sun will be happy to know the crystal has been given an anti-reflective coating on both sides.

Powering the Nabucco Titanium Chronograph is a proven automatic movement from ETA – an ideal “motor” for a sports watch. On that topic, I find it pleasing that Raymond Weil is gradually increasing the number of watches with mechanical movements in its collection. A true all-round solid performer with great looks, the Nabucco Titanium should serve up strong competition to many sports-oriented models from brands like TAG Heuer and Omega.

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