Raymond Weil Freelancer Men's Automatic Chronograph Bi-compax Bronze Leather Watch 7780-B1-20422
Raymond Weil Freelancer Men's Automatic Chronograph Bi-compax Bronze Leather Watch
Inspired by the open road and a customised motorbike crafted by the artisans of Meister Engineering, RAYMOND WEIL unveils the new freelancer bronze chronograph 7780. This new model is an eye-catching vintage-inspired watch.
The RAYMOND WEIL freelancer Bronze Chronograph 7780 is with orange accents, limited to just 300 pieces.
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 all presented in the same shade.
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, a detail much appreciated by purists. The tachymeter scale, presented on the bezel, provides the means to determine the speed of a motorbike, or vehicle of your choice, over a known distance. Residing on a bronze-toned flange, a pulsometer scale allows the wearer to determine the heart rate of an individual. A notable characteristic of this dial is that it wonderfully plays with shades, depths and textures, contributing to the watch’s sophisticated appearance.
With time, the bronze will mature and form a patina, heightening the overall sense of elegance. To the rear of the watch, the case back is presented in stainless steel. The movement, the Calibre RW5030, is visible via the exhibition case back. Once again, the attention to detail is clear to see. For example, the watch is fitted with a W-shaped skeleton oscillating weight, a reference to the founder’s surname. A further attribute of this automatic movement is that, assuming the mainspring is fully wound, the watch will run autonomously for 56 hours. As stated earlier, the watch comes on a brown calf leather strap. It is enlivened with contrasting stitching and paired with a bronze folding clasp equipped with a double push-security system.
Brand: Raymond Weil
Movement: Mechanical chronograph bi-compax with automatic winding – RW5030
Power Reserve: 56 hours
Movement Caliber Height: 7.9mm
Case Material: Round – Bronze with a black ceramic tachymeter bezel
Case Size: 43.5 mm
Case Thickness: 13.7mm
Case Back: Screwed-down, stainless steel with Titanium color coating, with sapphire crystal
Water Resistance: 100 m, 330 ft, 10 atm
Crystal: Sapphire with antiglare treatment on both sides
Dial: Black with gradient-effect from the center, counters in bronze colour, rose gold applique indexes enhanced with white Super-Luminova®
Date: Window 6 o'clock
Crown: Screwed-down and fluted with RW monogram
Bracelet/Strap: Brown genuine calf leather strap
Clasp: Bronze RW folding clasp with double push-security system
Warranty: Manufacturer's warranty