Freelancer Urban Black – Raymond Weil
Written by D Constant for The Watch Review Site
This is the first Freelancer manufactured by Raymond Weil inStriking Black, Not a common colour or theme for the classic watch maker, but as we understand it this is a peek into the future of the Raymond Weil Freelancer collection. This model the Urban Black is in Black PVD and is the vision of modernism for the collection.
The Freelancer has always been a modern take on a classic design and the fact that Raymond Weil have opted to bring out a Black version in 2012 just enforces this thinking, The name “Freelancer” associates itself with the fact that Raymond Weil is one of the few remaining Swiss independant watchmaking companies.
The Chronograph has always been the collections iconic watch, and it has always been at the forefront of what the collection strives to be by being innovative and modernistic at every oportunity and has reinvented itself time and time again to show what Raymond Weil see at the future of The Freelancer, The Urban Black is no different to it’s predecessors.
The Freelancer Chronograph Urban Black has a black PVD coated 42mm case, a black opaline dial with 8 luminescent Arabic numerals with silver-powdered edges. Add the Red Hands and the red tachometer numbers and its an eye-catching piece.
One of the Freelancers classic recurring symbol are the screws in this piece they anchor the applique securely around the date aperture and again as always, displaying three days. A freelancer wouldn’t be a Freelancer without the Screws.
The Urban Black also has two small counters with red hands for additional detail, these have been revised from previous editions of the Chronograph and are placed at 12 and 6 o’clock, with the 30 minutes at 12 o’clock and the 12 hours at 6 o’clock. Both these are prominent and inset to create further impact, the third counter is the seconds counter at 9 o’clock, which is slightly smaller and less pronounced in its styling (too much of a good thing comes to mind, well done RW).
Going back to tradition and away from modernism the case back is transparent and reveals the mechanical heart of the timepiece, equipped with 25 rubies and a power reserve of 46 hours. Continuing with the Black theme, the oscillating weight is embellished in black also.
Finally, the Raymond Weil Frelancer Chronograph Urban Black contrast the boldness and brashness of the Black PVD casing and folding clasp with a soft black calfskin strap.
Once again raymond Weil have come up with a Freelancer that is Bold with a modern twist and innovative. We cant wait to see what they have install for us with the rest of the Freelancer collection going forward, not that it needs too much doing to it but it will be interesting to see how far Raymond Weil go with the black theme.
Technical Details – Manufacturers Ref:7730 BK 05207
Movement Chronograph – RW5000
Power Reserve 46 hours
Jewels 25 rubies
Watch Central hours and minutes, small seconds hand at 9 o’clock, 3-day date and day windows at 3 o’clock, Day and date adjustment using push-piece at 3 o’clock,
Chronograph Start, stop and restart using push-piece at 2 o’clock, Return to zero using push-piece at 4 o’clock, Central chronograph hand, 30 minutes counter at 3 o’clock, 12 hours counter at 6 o’clock, Tachometer ring with red numbers
Case Round – Steel and black PVD matte finish with anti-fingerprints treatment
Bezel Steel and black PVD matte finish with anti-fingerprints treatment
Crown Steel and black PVD matte finish with anti-fingerprints treatment – fluted with RW monogram
Crystal Sapphire crystal with dual-sided antiglare treatment
Dial Galvanic black and opaline
Indexes 8 transferred Arabic numerals, enhanced with luminescent material and silver-tone edges
Hours / Minutes – Black, gloss finish, enhanced with luminescent material, barrel-shaped,
Small seconds at 9 o’clock Black, gloss finish, barrel-shaped
Chronograph Red, baton
Case back Steel and black PVD matte finish with anti-fingerprints treatment, screw down. Black tinted sapphire.
Strap Black matt finish, full skin calf leather strap with anthracite stitching, resistant elastomer lining, equipped with a RW folding clasp, opening with a double push-piece security
Water resistance 10 ATM