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February 2nd, 2014

Gents’ Watch of the Week: Raymond Weil Freelancer Automatic Chronograph

The third Freelancer timepiece to take centre stage on our blog, but the first chronograph from this esteemed family, the Raymond Weil Freelancer Automatic Chronograph watch is our latest Gents’ Watch of the Week. Music has always served as the inspiration behind Raymond Weil’s timepieces, and the twofold intermingling of form and functionality within this Chronograph is an absolute symphony in watchmaking expertise. An enormously striking contemporary wristwatch that exudes class, this watch is an indisputable triumph.

In many ways, the Freelancer is the embodiment of the Raymond Weil brand name, as its title mirrors the status of Raymond Weil as one of the last independent watchmakers. It is also this spirit of freedom from constraints that allows Raymond Weil Freelancer watches to be so widely featured; despite two previous Freelancer watches appearing on Watch of the Week we have yet to encounter a variation without its own unique character.  Raymond Weil declares that the soul of the Freelancer range is ‘an urbane personality’, and within these elegant and relaxed boundaries the limit of the Freelancer’s evolution is totally unrestricted.

From a purely visual point of view, the Freelancer Automatic Chronograph is exceptionally well balanced. The 42mm case diameter is large enough to make heads turn, without ever resorting to brash or unsophisticated tactics to do so, yet the size is also finely tailored to be extremely wearable at all times. The dial is a study in contrasts, with a predominantly black aesthetic that is offset by select yellow and white detailing upon the hands, baton numerals and Chronograph dials. The surrounding bezel and case, complete with crown and twin Chronograph pushers, are also polished to an almost mirror finish to match the antiglare treated sapphire crystal, so the entire watch looks outstandingly crisp.

It is often said that small considerations are the most important considerations, and that proves to be the case here. The innovative curving date aperture displays 3 days at once, and helps to lend the dial a pleasing sense of symmetry when arrayed against the Chronograph dials. The leather bracelet also utilises a double-push security system to ensure a perpetually comfortable fit. Possibly the highlight of the entire watch is the exhibition caseback, and this is so perfectly designed that it almost seems a shame to conceal it on the reverse of the Freelancer. Every detail of the Freelancer’s inner workings can be viewed through this pristine window, and the minuscule perfection of the tiny inner jewels truly has to be seen to be believed.

Possessing an automatic movement, this Chronograph seeks to combine the prestige of a mechanical movement with the convenience of a quartz timepiece, and the result is a watch that will remain in full working order simply by being worn. A 46 hour power reserve is also implemented to support this facility, and a 2 year international manufacturer’s warranty indicates the faith that Raymond Weil places in all of their workmanship. Despite not being a diver’s timepiece, this Freelancer is water resistant in depths of up to 100 metres, so every reasonable precaution to ensure longevity has certainly been taken.

Sleek and refined, yet also eye-catching and avant-garde, this Raymond Weil Freelancer Automatic Chronograph watch is a true example of a watch for any occasion. Here at Banks Lyon, this timepiece can be your today for 36 monthly payments of £46.56 and an initial deposit of 20%. Furthermore, our finance calculator has also been designed to offer you exemplary customisation with regards to 0% finance options, so there has never been a better time to make one of these celebrated Raymond Weil watches your own. Call us today on 01524 38 48 58 for more information.


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