In a year that saw the passing of Raymond Weil’s organizer and namesake , the company’s solid contributions flagged a suffering heritage. Musical appreciation and the arts , a persistent beneficial interaction with the company, likely drove them to portray the Raymond Weil Freelancer Titanium Chronograph as mezzo-piano, decently delicate. Following a little while of wear, we may pick mezzo-strong point, reasonably uproarious, for the intense character of its Freelancer roots, however the delicacy of the Titanium carries a delicate quality to the wrist. With regards to wide running adaptability, this watch strikes the privilege note.
For a watch that is a games chronograph, the Raymond Weil Freelancer Titanium Chronograph likewise serves as a suave dress watch (13.7mm thick), giving it a prompt versatility; a decent across the board watch. In different exercises, with an assortment of garments, this watch was at home. The solitary impediment, vague to the eye, is its 10 ATM (100 meter) water opposition, which implies its alluring games appearance has chosen limits. In the water, the watch is more piano than strength, however at the track, in the vehicle, or over a pot of bubbling pasta, the chronograph performs.
The watch has an intense shading plan with particular orange features that are identified with the chronograph complication. Finally the obvious screws on the IWC-like review date window are quintessential Freelancer. With all that is going on the dial, the shading plan makes it simple to recognize time and chronograph timing.
The two unprotected, old-school pushers snap the chronograph to activity or inaction, yet they take a strong push. The chronograph work has a fresh, strong feel like the insult guiding of a games vehicle rather than the free feel of your grandma’s clunker. With each start, we think quality; with each stop, we think exactness; and with each reset, we think “do it once more.” The arrangement of pushers to crown tells you this is an incorporated chronograph rather than a measured chronograph where the chronograph work is set as a module on top of an essential watch development. When such countless chronographs just give you a thirty moment or one hour most extreme planning, the Raymond Weil Freelancer Titanium can record a twelve hours of timing.
The record dim, aroused dial is spread out in a quadrilateral style with the chronograph sub-dials above and beneath focus, and the little seconds to one side with the day/date review to one side. All the chronograph hands are orange, and the chronograph sub-dials are dark. With a press of the pusher, the enormous focal chronograph hand includes the seconds that aggregate in the upper brief sub-dial that, thus, gather in the lower 12 hour sub-dial. Not exclusively do the orange hands make chronograph clarity immediate, however the division of time into hours, minutes and seconds makes it simple to peruse an exact time. To accomplish exact readings, the 12 hour sub-dial’s section ring marks hours and half hours, matching with the 30 moment counter.
Looking across the dial on a level plane, from left-to-right, first comes the little seconds, which is less a sub-dial than an enunciation on the dial. From the hand to the numerals to the records, the little seconds is all-white, which coordinates the white shade of the barrel-formed moment and hour turns notwithstanding the white numerals and lists on the part rings. White is the shade of time; orange is the shade of timing. The exemption is the extra utilization of orange for the date bolt and for “tachymetre” on the upper section ring. On the extreme right are the day and review date windows.
The gem is sapphire and has a double side enemy of intelligent covering. The inclining bezel boosts the review zone under the crystal.
In expansion to the dark/dim/orange/white shading plan seen here, the Raymond Weil Freelancer Titanium Chronograph is accessible in a white/dim/red shading plan, and either watch can have a titanium wristband or dark/earthy colored calfskin strap.
The case is silk completed titanium. The smooth bezel is marginally calculated away from the dial where all the consideration lives. The titanium case is more capable than seen and commands the wearer’s consideration since its light weight appears to be disjointed to its 45mm size and chronograph usefulness. Four screws join the caseback, and it has four little spaces for caseback evacuation. The focal point of the caseback is straightforward, a sapphire crystal.
The screw-down crown is larger than usual and simple to utilize. Its fluted edges help hold and make turning a material encounter. The RW monogram is carved into the crown and can likewise be seen on the wristband buckle.
Raymond Weil makes quality wristbands. This wristband is strong and comfortable and utilizes a twofold pusher for security. To bolt the Raymond Weil Freelancer Titanium’s fasten, notwithstanding, feels irrational and takes some change. Rather than the lower arm band bolting first, trailed by the upper wristband, things occur backward; the upper arm band should be bolted first with the Raymond Weil Monogram coming across clasp like. It might take a couple of times to get shutting the fasten right, yet once dominated, all musings go to the superb feel of the bracelet.
Under the caseback precious stone sits the RW5000 type. The natural cams and switches reveal a revised ETA Valjoux 7750, a genuine workhorse in the watch business, however since Swatch’s diminished accessibility of the development, it is discovered uniquely in select brands outside the Swatch gathering; Raymond Weil being one. The development has 25 gems and a 46 hour power save. The extensions are Spartan and undecorated, however the strong rotor has a machined, round texturing just as blue logo and type designations.
The Raymond Weil Freelancer Titanium Chronograph looks and feels more costly than it is, a Raymond Weil strength, and its combination of tasteful allure, capacity and worth make it a universally handy watch for any occasion. Price is 2.990 Euros or 3.350 USD.
- Use of titanium for the case
- Dial layout
- Color Scheme by work with orange
- Chronograph “feel” when beginning and stopping
- Price/Quality ratio
- Only 10 ATM or 100 meters (300 feet) of water resistance
- Little design to the movement