Swiss luxury watchmaker Raymond Weil rocked the world with their 1976 debut and they’ve been killing it ever since. Elbowing their way into the room, the brand continues to hold its own against some stiff competition. With exceptional quality, cutting-edge design, and unbeatable value as its core, Raymond Weil has rapidly become one of the industry’s foremost watchmakers.
For proof, look no further than the Freelancer Collection. Anchored by its experimental sensibility, precise mechanics, perennial “wow” factor, and affordable pricing, the collection delivers a full gamut of temptation. Pardon us while we resort to juvenile language, but these timepieces are just freaking cool. If you’re a man of taste with an eye for style, it’s all but guaranteed that you’ll find something to wear with relish. Exploration is encouraged though we’re happy to select a few favourites on your behalf. They are as follows:
Freelancer Men’s Calibre RW1212 Automatic Watch 42.5 mm with Blue Dial
Classic minimalist design gets an avant-garde injection by way of this brilliant dress watch. It wraps an eye-popping blue dial with understated hands and markers inside a premium case of stainless steel. A visible diamond-polished balance wheel on the dial face enhances the symmetrical layout and doubles as a centre of visual gravity. Hovering just beyond the skeletonised bridges is Calibre RW1212, a mechanical self-winding movement that beats at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour. Prepare to render some bold and immediate impressions with the matching steel bracelet.
Freelancer Men’s Calibre RW1212 Automatic Watch 42.5 mm with Green Dial
Like its blue-faced brethren, this green dial Freelancer makes for an instant showstopper. Once again, a visible balance wheel at 6 o’clock functions as the main attraction. The open aperture design highlights the bespoke mechanical movement within, putting the oscillating balance wheel, pulsating hairspring, and vibrating pallet lever on display. As a dial colour, green is as piping hot as ever before and it’s not hard to see why. Sealing the deal is a matching green canvas strap and with the price of the watch, it is an absolute steal.
Freelancer Men’s Chronograph 42 mm Chronograph
Proving just how versatile the Freelancer range can be, we present this vintage-inspired chronograph in all its glorious detail. A technical triumph, it features three white chronograph subdials, Super-LumiNova hands and indexes, sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating, a day/date window, and a circular tachymeter scale. Surrounding the deep blue satin-brushed dial face is a 42mm case of titanium-coloured stainless steel. Under the skin is a Calibre RW5200 chronograph movement with a 48-hour power reserve. Bring in the brown calf leather strap with stainless steel folding clasp and you’re looking at a truly handsome stunner for the modern man.
The Freelancer RW1212 Skeleton Watch 42 mm
When you want to turn every single head in the room, accept nothing less than the latest Freelancer Skeleton. Equal parts sleek and sophisticated, it deploys an open-worked black dial of impeccable intricacy. Like a magnificent work of art, the transfixing dial face reveals itself in many layers. That’s not to mention the stainless steel case with black PVD coating on a black rubber strap, two thoroughly modern assets in their own right. It’s no wonder that this style remains one of Raymond Weil’s best-sellers—one look and you’re hooked.
There are currently no less than 32 Freelancers in the range and each one offers something bold and unique. It’s not often that you find so much diversity in one collection, which gives you all the more opportunity to cultivate a personal aesthetic. These are some of the coolest watches you can buy and they come in well below the expected cost. If you’ve been asking yourself how Raymond Weil could emerge on the coveted Swiss scene to become one of the hottest watchmakers in relatively little time, here’s your answer. Happy hunting.