The latest offering from Swiss watchmaker Raymond Weil is a freelancer timepiece with a contemporary look. The flagship freelancer collection, launched by the third generation now at the helm of the family business, evokes the independence and visionary spirit of the Company’s founder. Blending polished steel, slate grey dial and orange detailing, the new freelancer has retained a distinctive personality and a style all of its own.
Featuring a mechanical movement with automatic winding and a 46-hour power reserve, this 42mm steel freelancer is distinguished by its classic and urban elegance. The date window has been redesigned to make it easier to read, as has the graduation of the tachometer scale on the inner bezel. The chronograph’s orange hands sit in sharp contrast with the slate grey galvanic sun-brushed dial and black leather strap. The applique is secured by a signature screw, highlighting the small seconds counter at 9 o’clock. Its screw-down case back and crown guarantee that the timepiece is water-resistant to 100 metres.
The freelancer collection, a nod by the Swiss watchmaker to its independent company status, is the brainchild of Elie Bernheim, Raymond Weil’s grandson and current company CEO, and was introduced when he joined the family business in 2006. Created in honour of free spirits and individuals wanting to remain masters of their own destiny, it has continued to evolve while retaining the features that make it so special. Free from all constraints, with an elegant yet casual look, bevelled horns and emblematic screws, this best-selling collection has emerged as a Raymond Weil must-have.
Chronograph – RW5000
Central hours and minutes, small seconds hand at 9 o’clock
Date and day windows at 3 o’clock
Day and date adjustment using push-button at 3 o’clock
Start, stop and restart using push-button at 2 o’clock
Reset using push-button at 4 o’clock
Central chronograph hand
30 minutes counter at 12 o’clock
12 hours counter at 6 o’clock
Round – Polished and satin steel
Polished steel – screwed and fluted with RW monogram
Sapphire crystal with dual-sided antiglare treatment
Hours / minutes Black galvanic, diamond cut, bombé, barrel-shaped, enhanced with luminescent material
Second hand at Black galvanic, diamond cut, bombé, barrel-shaped, enhanced
9 o’clock with luminescent material
Chronograph hands Orange, diamond cut, bombé, barrel-shaped
Screw down, with sapphire crystal
Black calf leather strap.
Folding RW steel clasp with a double push-button security system