March 26, 2011

Raymond Weil Freelancer Chronograph Review

Raymond Weil Freelancer Chronograph Watch Review

  Raymond Weil has flown under W&R radar for a while, but the Freelancer Chronograph (ref. 7730-STC-20101) has put Raymond Weil back on the map! The Freelancer does not have a new ground breaking design, however, it is very well executed. It manages to separate it’s self from the pack with small subtleties and attention to detail. 
  The Freelancer Chronograph has a day/date complication. The day window in a standard layout, with the date window opened up revealing the date previous and after. The shape of the date window adds a nice balance to the 9 o’clock subdial. Hard not to like a nice visual contrast, the yellow gives the Freelancer the “wow” factor it needed. Raymond Weil managed to use the yellow with out being “in your face”, but just enough that it will not be missed. In yellow is the seconds hand, 12 o’clock subdial hand, 6 o’clock subdial hand, “automatic” in the 6 o’clock subdial, and a small triangle pointer all done in a vibrant mustard like yellow. All this is viewable through the double AR coated sapphire crystal. The watch is powered by an automatic Valjoux 7750 and is visible through the exhibition case back. W&R are big fans of an exhibition case back! It is worth mentioning the crown on the Freelancer is proportioned almost perfectly and has “RW” logo boldly done in relief. The watch is supported by a brown leather strap, with a push button deployant clasp. 
  The watch is 42mm, perfect for business or sporting a pair jeans. You certainly are not likely to see the Freelancer Chronograph everyday, that is good thing in W&R book. 

Pros - Solid movement, good proportions, exhibition case back

Consideration - Not overly unique in overall design

Specifications & Dimensions:
Case: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 42mm
Lug Width: N/A
Bezel: Fixed 
Crystal: Sapphire
Dial: Black
Strap: Brown Leather 
Movement: Valjoux 7750
Power Reserve: 46 Hrs 
Water Resistance: 100m

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