Between its understated aesthetic and dual skeletonised windows, Raymond Weil’s freelancer “Calibre RW1212” makes for an instant eye-catcher.
Visible through an open-worked dial aperture is the piece’s very heart and soul, i.e. a balance-and-spring assembly held together by a solitary bridge. Take a closer look and you’ll notice a “Côtes de Genève” motif and logo engraving on the oscillating weight. Projecting natural symmetry and indisputable sophistication, the diamond-polished bridge puts perfection in a small package. Meanwhile, it’s just one part of this brilliant watch’s overall appeal.
Available in a variety of two-hand iterations, the freelancer “Calibre RW1212” joins Raymond Weil’s already astounding collection of experimental stunners. Like a number of freelancer models, this one isn’t afraid to parse down the dial details while showing off its insides. And what insides it has. We’re not just talking about the tourbillon-like balance-and-spring assembly, but the mechanical self-winding movement at large. The first to be built in-house (in collaboration with Sellita), it beats at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and touts a 38-hour power reserve.
Like the watch itself, our love for the new freelancer is automatic. Its fusion of minimal design and maximum intricacy is executed to downright stunning effect. That’s not to mention classic specs like sapphire crystal on the elegant case-back, a 42.5mm case of prime stainless steel, and the choice of either stainless steel bracelet or leather strap. The name RW1212, by the way, pays direct tribute to the brand’s own address in Switzerland. This one is all kinds of special indeed, but you knew that as soon as you first laid eyes on it.