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Be­yond el­e­gant colour match­ing, the best adorn­ment for Ray­mond Weil’s Free­lancer Skele­ton is the move­ment it­self

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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

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