Raymond Weil is an impartial family-run model that so many people started our watch amassing journeys with, and I recall my uncle’s RW (a easy rectangular mannequin that I simply can’t place the identify of) as being an object of fascination for me as a toddler. Currently, Raymond Weil has made strikes to go ever-so-slightly up-market, and cater to the $2,500+ purchaser, with the Freelance Chronograph, one in all its extra engaging and versatile choices. Standing out within the cut-throat entry-level Swiss mechanical chronograph market isn’t a simple activity however the Freelancer Chronograph earns a spot and is worthy of actual consideration.
The Freelancer Chronograph is likely one of the extra wearable and versatile items within the 30-piece (or so) Freelancer assortment. Whereas there are some sportier iterations on the market, I just like the clear bezel and inside tachymeter seen on this mannequin. I do know there have been earlier iterations some years in the past that had an identical format, however with a triple-date window (which I can personally say I don’t miss). Seen right here modeled by our ownSean Lorentzen is the model with silver dial and black chronograph sub-dial format.
Measuring 42mm-wide and 13.85mm-thick, the metal case of the Freelancer Chronograph is smack dab in the course of what I’d say is the modern style vary (40-44mm). It’s not the thinnest case on the market, however we’re speaking a couple of sub-$3,000 mechanical chronograph, so that you’ll should make some compromises right here. And hey, it’s nonetheless thinner than the Hamilton Intramatic Chronograph, which clocks in at over 14mm-thick regardless of being a manual-wind. The 100m of water resistance can be stable for a chronograph.
The chrome steel case has alternating brushed and polished finishes, although the blue-dial variant goes in a barely totally different however fascinating course by having a metal case that’s “titanium-colored” PVD. Along with including a matte end, the PVD coating additionally helps with scratches and basic put on. I feel Raymond Weil ought to think about providing this end for all of the items within the Freelancer Chronograph household.
There may be very nice round guilloché serving as a body between the inside dial and the tachymeter scale on the flange. The good lumed baton-shaped fingers are legible and a good size for the dial. A element I almost missed however actually love is how each the hour and minutes fingers taper on the finish in a manner that aesthetically matches the also-tapered hour indices. This can be a delicate design contact however one you don’t see from many entry-level items at this worth level. Whereas I do know everybody doesn’t love a day-date window, the execution right here is legible and finished with a pleasant framing. With its white background and black textual content, it does look higher in opposition to the silver dial mannequin than it could in opposition to the blue simply because there’s no colour conflict.
The model identify is written on the 30-minute chronograph counter at 12 o’clock and it actually makes use of each micrometer of area obtainable within the sub-dial. I do want the “computerized” textual content written on the 12-hour chronograph counter wasn’t proper in between the “8” and “4” digits however I feel I’m simply nitpicking at this level.
Turning the case over exhibits the RW5200 motion, which relies on the Sellita SW500. This computerized chronograph motion operates at 28,800 vph and has a 48-hour energy reserve. It’s a stable and dependable motion and, whereas I don’t have unreasonable expectations with reference to ending at a sure worth level, I admire the perlage ending on the rotor.
Raymond Weil is an impartial family-owned watch model that performs in a really aggressive worth level. The entry-level Swiss mechanical chronograph market has a slew of choices from manufacturers like Longines and Hamilton (each benefitting from being underneath the Swatch Group umbrella), however the Raymond Weil Freelancer Chronograph actually deserves critical consideration. In case your impression of the model has been shaped by its choices within the decrease $1,000-1,500 vary, you’re actually not alone. That mentioned, the model has been steadily upping its recreation on these barely pricier items that provide one thing just a little bit totally different than the same old suspects. Worth for the Raymond Weil Freelancer Chronograph on leather-based strap as seen right here is $2,695. You’ll be able to be taught extra at raymondweil.us.