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Beyond elegant colour matching, the best adornment for Raymond Weil’s Freelancer Skeleton is the movement itself
Raymond Weil’s Freelancer Skeleton goes for light airy charm
It’s easy to remember “Freelancer” as Raymond Weil’s flagship collection, as the term is also a pretty apt one to describe the brand itself. In the Swiss watchmaking industry, which is dominated by conglomerates and behemoths, Raymond Weil remains a relative oddity: not so small as one-man-operation independent outfits, yet still a family business; and not one that bought into a name either, as the firm was founded in the 1970s (a very tumultuous time for the industry) by current CEO Elie Bernheim’s maternal grandfather, Mr Raymond Weil.
Benefitting from the continuity of third-generation company leadership, Raymond Weil is nevertheless a rather young brand, and it shows in the comfortably contemporary designs of many of its collections. Additionally, the company also plugs itself into to the cultural conversation with collaborations and commemorative pieces centred around music and the makers of music.
The Freelancer Skeleton, though, is not of the latter. Meant as a celebration of the company’s 40th anniversary, it is a handsome combination of black Pvd-coated stainless steel with rose gold accents, along with sapphire crystals front and back. The movement can be seen either way as a generous centre portion of what would have been the dial has been cut away to afford a window to the decorated and skeletonised movement beneath, revealing circular graining on the bridges, fine-toothed wheels, coiled mainspring, and a beating heart that is the oscillator.
With its generous case size, the Freelancer Skeleton is a fine accessory for a good evening. MOVEMENT Self-winding skeletonised movement with rose gold plated hands and indexes
CASE 42.5mm in black Pvd-coated stainless steel STRAP Black leather with black Pvd-coated steel folding clasp PRICE $4,030