Legible, geometrically balanced and beautiful, the new Raymond Weil Freelancer is now in a debonair green
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The latest 2020 watch release Raymond Weil Freelancer Green is not only a visually striking watch but at its price point is also a very hard to resist offering from the Maison.
There are certain times in my everyday life that I think of one or another F.R.I.E.N.D.S’ reference. Occasionally these hit me when I am reviewing a watch. So apologies in advance if this is being read by our readers who are not fans of the show.
Anyway, the story goes that Rachel at some point makes an English Trifle dessert, but ends up mixing two recipes that end up being not very palatable. Everyone except Joey seems to hate it, but Joey likes it.
He says: “What’s not to like? Custard, good; jam, good; meat, good.”
The reason why we are stating this is that the new Raymond Weil Freelancer Green has everything going for it. It may or may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it shines through.
Featuring a very welcoming shade of green, it’s got: daily wearable case size of 42×10.6mm, good; new green colour, good; movement visible on the dial, good; price point of only 3’150 AUD, good.
Features of the Reference 2780-STC-52001
The independent Swiss watchmaking Maison has been producing watches since 1976 but it was only in 2017 that they designed a bespoke in-house movement that was in turn developed by the Swiss movement manufacturer Sellita.
The heart used — calibre RW1212 — is a self-winding in-house mechanical movement with a slender two-spoke balance bridge, escape wheel and a visible balance wheel beating at the frequency of 4Hz (28’800 A/h).
The movement is encased inside a 42mm diameter and 10.60mm thick satin and polished stainless steel case. It comprises of 27 rubies, offers a 38-hour power reserve, and boasts of a decent 100m (10 ATM) water resistance. The display case-back is covered by a screw down sapphire crystal.
The movement on the front can be admired at 6’o clock via an aperture.
The watch face shows the traditional functions of central hours and minutes (sans seconds) and is covered by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with antiglare treatment on both sides.
Visible at 6’o clock are the oscillating balance wheel, the pulsating hairspring and the vibrating pallet lever.
The dial is visibly marked by bold green accents: the green satin chapter ring with silver indices, the Clous de Paris in the centre and a seconds train on the outside complete the elegant yet sporty vibe the Raymond Weil Freelancer Green has to offer.
Complementing these finishes are the steel type indexes and steel type barrel-shaped hands that are enhanced with white Super-Luminova® that provide for decent legibility.
To complete this modern chic look, the watch comes on a deep green synthetic fabric strap with RW folding stainless steel clasp and double push-button security system.
Watch Ya Gonna Do About It
The new 2020 watch release Raymond Weil Freelancer Green is a great looking offering at a good price point.
The watch is a daily wearable watch size coming in at 42×10.6mm. It will fit comfortably under the cuff, and will work for both office and leisure wear.
The galvanic green dial with a large opening at 6’o clock is a joy to look at.
There is something about the geometric proportions of this watch that really sets the Freelancer range apart. The balance of the inner central geometric tetrahedrons with the rest of the dial is superbly executed, and so is the combination of different textures on the dial.
The green satin chapter ring is ever so slightly grained but is in stark contrast to the Clous de Paris patterns in the centre.
The interplay of surfaces is further enhanced by the recessed groove between the two. The Raymond Weil Geneva logo at 12’o clock is printed on a slightly raised green satin plate on top of the Clous de Paris again providing for play of surfaces.
The almost ‘eight’ figure formed by the meeting of Clous de Paris with the aperture at 6’o clock is another display of great geometric interplay. The screwed-down polished stainless steel and fluted crown with a RW monogram logo again provides additional textural play to the watch.
Finally the green synthetic fabric strap in both colour and texture compliments the inner Clous de Paris patterns and visually ties in the watch together as a whole.
Legible, geometrically balanced and beautiful, the new Raymond Weil Freelancer is now in a debonair green.
Given that the watches are not limited edition, they are something that Raymond Weil fans, or even people who love the idea of displaying a bit of the movement on the dial face but are working within a budget can check out at their own pace and see if this is the right option for them.
If you like this watch but want it in a different colour or bracelet option, check out the two-tone steel bracelet version here. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.
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