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Raymond Weil Calibre Freelancer RW1212 Blue

The Raymond Weil Freelancer Calibre RW1212 is Love at First Sight

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.

Raymond Weil Calibre Freelancer RW1212

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.

Raymond Weil Calibre Freelancer RW1212

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.

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Raymond Weil Calibre Freelancer RW1212

Raymond Weil Calibre Freelancer RW1212


Jacob Osborn

Jacob Osborn is an accomplished author and journalist with over 10 years of experience in the media industry. Jacob holds a Bachelor's degree in English and Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin--Madison and has previously written for Stacker alongside co-authoring a Young Adult novel through Simon & Schuster. Now based in Portland, Oregon, Jacob specialises in entertainment, technology and alcohol reporting. You might find him crate-digging at the nearest record store or sampling whisky at the nearest bar. He daydreams of travelling around the world, but for now, the world will have to come to him by way of lifestyle products, gear, gadgetry, and entertainment. Let's call it a happy compromise while he saves up for the next big trip.