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Raymond Weil - The Chronograph for the Free-Spirited

Raymond Weil The Chronograph for the Free-Spirited

Raymond Weil presents the newest piece to join their bestselling collection: the Freelancer Chronograph.

First launched in 2007, Raymond Weil’s Freelancer collection has quickly risen the ranks to become the brand’s bestseller, and that’s because it has a couple things going for it: on top of its incredibly competitive pricing for a collection that largely comprises of watches with mechanical movements, the watches also have a friendly, daily wear design that appeals to many. It’s not fussy or too classical; its intention was always meant to elicit one’s wanderlust—the watch is a companion for those who like to travel, to go on adventures and not feel the constraints of a corporate world.

The Chronograph for the Free-Spirited

Freelancer Chronographe © Raymond Weil

When it was first introduced, it represented a new chapter for the brand that, at the time, had just turned 30 years old and was being newly headed by Raymond Weil’s son and grandson, Elie and Pierre Bernheim (CEO and President, respectively). Back then, it showed two new innovations for Raymond Weil: it was the first collection with watches to have a visible balance wheel and was the first range of mechanical watches for women (before then, the brand had only done quartz watches for women). This showed an intent to keep with the times, and it showed to be a winning bet as the Freelancer is now Raymond Weil’s most recognisable collection.

The Chronograph for the Free-Spirited

Freelancer Chronographe © Raymond Weil

The newest piece to join the collection is a revamped Freelancer Chronograph. The 42mm stainless steel watch houses an automatic self-winding movement, the Calibre RW5200, assembled in-house. The dial showcases a satin-brushed navy blue, contrasted with off-white counters, a white tachymeter scale and a day date window at 3 o’clock. The hour markers are slightly tapered at the tips, shaped exactly like the hour and minute hands, all of which are coated in Super-LumiNova. This shape echoes that of the lugs, also slightly tapered to curve comfortably around the wrist. Like a true vintage chronograph, the external pushers are rounded and prominent, and the whole is paired with a brown calf leather strap, anchoring this new Freelancer Chronograph with a definite retro feel. Priced competitively at CHF 2,890, the new Freelancer Chronograph is sure to please many, continuing the collection’s legacy of accompanying the free-spirited on their journeys.

 

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At the time of the Brand’s creation in 1976, Raymond Weil wanted to bring luxury Swiss watchmaking within the reach of a wider public. This visionary approach, always dear to the three generations, has enabled the Brand to develop internationally, within the space of only a few decades.

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