Raymond Weil Freelancer Steel and Rose Gold Class Watch
Written by D Constant for The Watch Review Site
We’ve seen the Raymond Weil Freelancer Urban Black released earlier this year on the Watch Review Site at http://www.thewatchreviewsite.co.uk/a-look-at-the-raymond-weil-freelancer-urban-black/ now the master watchmaker is introducing another note on their musical score with another male version of the Freelancer, This is Raymond Weil’s Freelancer Steel and Rose Gold Class Watch, or reference 7730.
Raymond Weil have given us a few new notes this year including the Ladies Freelancer Lady Sunshine, which we feel is a lovely timepiece, so does the New Men’s Freelancer Steel and Rose Gold Class Watch stand up to the other additions to the 2012 Musical Score from Raymond Weil.
Here at The Watch Review Site we loved the Freelancer Urban Black so does the Steel and Rose Gold Class stand the Watch Review Critics, lets see
So Raymond Weil, one of the last man standing independent Swiss watchmakers reinterprets one of it’s classics and has unveiled a new variation of its best-selling chronograph, the Freelancer Steel & Rose Gold Class. The Freelancer was first introduced to the world in 2007 and today we see it in a 42mm Polished Stainless Steel case the Steel & Rose Gold Class looks and feels like a timeless classic Raymond Weil Chronograph.
The stainless steel Case is mounted on a brown leather strap and with the contrasting rose gold hands and indexes looks stunning and enhances its Dial, which three seperate counters at 6, 9 and 12 o’clock as well as the 3-day date and day window at 3 o’clock. All this is behind an anti reflective sapphire crystal glass. The indexes and hands are rose gold plate are coated with a luminescent material allowing visibility in low light.
As for the strap mentioned previously it is made of calf skin leather in dark brown and has light brown saddle stitching with a Raymond Weil folding clasp. This combination of materials and pure lines assures this new model of The Freelancer Steel & Rose Gold Class a natural distinction from its predecessors.
At the heart of the Raymond Weil Freelancer Steel & Rose Gold Class is the In-House RW5000 Movement, which provides a power reserve of 46 hours and is a mechanical automatic winding movement.
In the words of Raymond Weil “More than a successful collection, freelancer is a true reference for the Swiss Brand’s independent family heritage. It is also a range that was created in honor of free spirits, of personalities wishing to remain the masters of their own destiny. Consequently, the collection has never stopped evolving over the years, free of all constraints, but always keeping its true character: having an urbane personality, with an elegant yet casual appearance, with beveled horns and emblematic screws.”
“In 2012, the famous collection combines the robustness of steel with the distinction of the rose gold. Subtle, the combination is perfect. The chronograph, the collection’s best-seller, illustrates its harmony”
The Raymond Weil Freelancer Steel & Rose Gold Class also has a water resistant rating of 10 atm or 100 meters.
The Freelancer Class’s emphasis on classic urban style and elegance can be worn on any occasion and is very current with the size of its case and current market trends would suggest that the Raymond Weil Freelancer Steel & Rose Gold Class is a winner, But we still prefer the Urban Black… or do we really?
Raymond Weil Freelancer Steel and Rose Gold Class – Technical Details
Reference - 7730-STC-65025
Movement Chronograph – RW5000 Winding Automatic
Power-Reserve 46 hours
Jewels 25 rubies
Functions 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, 30 minutes counter at 12 o’clock, 12 hours counter at 6 o’clock, Tachometer ring
Case Round – Polished and satin finished steel, Diameter: 42mm, Thickness: 13.7mm
Bezel Polished steel
Crown Polished steel – fluted with RW monogram
Crystal Sapphire crystal with dual-sided antiglare treatment
Dial Sun-brushed silver galvanic dial
Small counters surrounded by a rose gold plated applique with a screw at 9 o’clock and a rose gold border at 6 and 12 o’clock
Indexes Rose gold plated index appliques, capped with luminescent material
Hands - Hours/minutes Rose gold plated, bombé, enhanced with luminescent material, barrel-shaped, Sweep seconds hand Rose gold plated, baton, Small second at 9 Rose gold plated, barrel-shaped, Counters Rose gold plated, barrel-shaped
Case back Screwed, with sapphire crystal
Bracelet Dark brown, full skin calf leather strap with saddle-stitching, equipped with a RW folding clasp, opening with a double push-piece security
Water resistance 10 ATM