RAYMOND WEIL has just launched the brand new freelancer Bronze Chronograph Bi-Compax 7780, which is available in two variants, one with orange accents, which is limited to just 300 pieces, and the other with blue accents.
The new freelancer Chronograph has been inspired by the open road and a customised motorbike which RAYMOND WEIL commissioned by the specialist firm, Meister Engineering, whose artisans and engineers reimagine standard motorbikes, permeating them with their own distinctive blend of creativity, style and mechanical virtue.
RAYMOND WEIL’s customised motorbike has the brand adorned on the fuel tank, which 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 of the watch.
The tachymeter and pulsometer scales engraved on the motorcycle tank cap are replicated on the watch’s satin-finished ceramic bezel insert and flange, while the freelancer’s rich brown calf leather strap has been inspired by the motorbike’s leather-clad seat. This bespoke motorbike has provided a wealth of ideas for the brand’s new vintage-inspired watch.
For example, the symmetrical bi-compax layout features a 30-minute chronograph counter and a small seconds display. The golden hour and minute hands are well proportioned and therefore highly legible. The hour track is snailed, while the hands and indexes have received luminescent treatment so you can read the dial in low light. And there is a date display at the 6 o’clock position which contributes to the overall symmetry of the dial.
The tachymeter scale, which is on the bezel, provides the means to determine the speed of a motorbike over a known distance, or of course any vehicle of your choice. There is also a pulsometer scale on a bronze-toned flange, which allows the wearer to determine the heart rate of an individual.
Over time, the bronze casing will mature and form a patina, heightening the overall sense of elegance if this exquisite watch. The case back is presented in titanium PVD stainless steel, while the movement, the calibre RW5030, is visible via the transparent case back.
The watch is fitted with a W-shaped skeleton oscillating weight, which is a reference to the founder’s surname. Although the watch has automatic movement, if the mainspring is fully wound, it will run autonomously for 56 hours.
The brown calf leather strap is made more interesting with contrasting stitching and paired with a bronze folding clasp equipped with a double push security system.
The RAYMOND WEIL freelancer Bronze Chronograph Bi-Compax 7780 is now available from https://raymond-weil.co.uk with prices ranging from £2,995 to £3,495.
Simon Burrell is Editor of Our Man On The Ground, a member of The British Guild of Travel Writers and professional photographer.
Photographs courtesy of RAYMOND WEIL