Swiss watch brand RAYMOND WEIL presents a special edition of its best-selling freelancer chronograph inspired by the open road and a customised motorbike crafted by the artisans of Meister Engineering.
Meister Engineering is a Swiss custom motorcycle company based in Geneva. Their artisans and engineers modify standard motorbikes, offering distinctive blend of creativity, style and mechanical virtue.
Ultimately, the two-wheeled work of art inspired RAYMOND WEIL to create a bronze timepiece equipped with a chronograph, the freelancer 7780.
On the brand’s customised motorbike, the name RAYMOND WEIL adorns the fuel tank and is depicted in rose gold foil. This provided the inspiration for the texture of the 43.5mm bronze case and the two counters gracing the dial.
Likewise, the motorbike’s gradient effect paint influenced the watch’s black smoked dial. This latter detail confers an interesting display with light tones at the centre of the dial that assume a darker shade near the edge.
The tachymeter and pulsometer scales engraved on the motorcycle tank cap are replicated on the watch’s satin-finished ceramic bezel insert and flange, respectively. Even the freelancer’s rich brown calf leather strap has been inspired by the motorbike’s leather-clad seat.
The symmetrical bi-compax layout features a 30-minute chronograph counter and a small seconds display. The golden hour and minute hands are generously proportioned and, in conjunction with the applied indexes, prove highly legible.
The hour track is snailed, while the hands and indexes feature luminescent treatment, augmenting readability in restricted light. The colour of the central chronograph seconds hand, the hand on the 30-minute register and the numerals on the pulsometer scale are presented in orange shades.
A date display is positioned at 6 o’clock, once again contributing to the overall symmetry of the dial. The date disc is presented in black, matching the colour of the dial.
The tachymeter scale on the bezel provides the means to determine the speed over a known distance. The pulsometer scale on the bronze-toned flange allows the wearer to determine the heart rate of an individual.
The dial wonderfully plays with shades, depths and textures, contributing to the watch’s sophisticated appearance.
The case back is presented in stainless steel. The Calibre RW5030 is visible via the exhibition case back. This self-winding movement is fitted with a W-shaped skeleton oscillating weight, a reference to the founder’s surname. The watch has a power reserve of 56 hours.
The watch comes on a brown calf leather strap with contrasting stitching and paired with a bronze folding clasp equipped with a double push-security system.
The RAYMOND WEIL freelancer chronograph bi-compax is available in two variants: one in a bronze case, limited to just 300 pieces and with red and orange accents, and the other in a bronze and titanium case, with blue accents.
This new model is available from Raymond-weil.co.uk, £2,995-£3,495.
Model: Raymond Weil Freelancer Chronograph Bi-Compax 7780 Bronze
Mechanical chronograph bi-compax with automatic winding – RW5030
Power-reserve: 56 hours
Central hours and minutes, small seconds at 9 o’clock
– Start, stop and restart using push-button at 2 o’clock
– Reset using push-button at 4 o’clock
– Central chronograph hand
– 30 minutes counter at 3 o’clock
Round – Bronze with a black ceramic tachymeter bezel
Crown: Screwed-down and fluted with RW monogram
Crystal: Sapphire with antiglare treatment on both sides
Case back: Screwed-down, stainless steel with Titanium color coating, with sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 100 m, 330 ft, 10 atm
Black with gradient-effect from the center, counters in bronze colour, rose gold applique indexes enhanced with white Super-Luminova®
Hours / Minutes: Rose gold plated, barrel-shaped, enhanced with white Super-Luminova®
Small seconds: Black steel, barrel-shaped
Chronograph function: Orange
Brown genuine calf leather, Bronze RW folding clasp with double push-security system
Limited edition of 300 units