Despite its relative youth, the watch brand Raymond Weil, created by Raymond Weil in Geneva in 1976 (at the height of the “quartz crisis”), enjoys a high reputation in the world of Haute Horlogerie. The main direction of the brand’s work is watching in the “affordable luxury” segment, and one of the main slogans is Independence is a State of Mind. In this article, we shortly review Raymond Weil Freelancer 7730.
Raymond Weil to this day remains one of the few truly independent brands in the watch industry. Eli Bernheim, the grandson of the founder and the current head of the company, says: “The more brands go under someone’s wing, the more we, the independent, have room for action.” The above-mentioned slogan appeared in 2007. It was not by chance that the Freelancer collection saw the light, because this word means exactly a person acting independently, out of staff lists and rigid structures. The collection has become for Raymond Weil flagship, in its composition dozens of models. Below is about one of them.
Raymond Weil Freelancer 7730 features
|Specifications||Raymond Weil Freelancer 7730-STC-20021|
|Mechanism and caliber||RW5000, mechanical self-winding|
|Functions||Hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph, date, day of the week|
|Power reserve||46 hours|
|Clock face||Black with yellow accents, luminescent arrows and tags, tachymeter|
|Dimensions||D 42mm, thickness 13,7mm|
Every day and for special occasions
The Raymond Weil Freelancer 7730-STC-20021 watch is a perfect embodiment of the symbiosis of urban classics and genuine masculinity. Equipped with a chronograph sports function for measuring short intervals of time and suitable for serious diving. The case is 100 meters water resistant), they look organic in everyday life. Complete with casual clothes, business attire, and even at a secular reception.
Mirrored case and multi-layered black dial
The 42-mm stainless steel 316L case is polished to a mirror finish, like the bezel, the crown (with the brand’s logo) and the chronograph button, and is equipped with a double-sided anti-reflective sapphire crystal. The back cover is screwed, which is typical for diving models. It also has a sapphire crystal window, through which the mechanism is perfectly visible. With the shine of steel, the dial successfully contrasts: its black galvanized surface is divided into several annular zones, with the peripheral decorated with a circular guilloche.
Harmonious color ensemble and distinct readability of all functions
The hands and hour markers overlap with the steel of the case, and the stylish yellow accents complement the picture – the chronograph central second hand, the 30-minute and 12-hour drives (at the 12 and 6 o’clock positions, respectively). The tachymeter scale, allowing you to detect.
For example, the speed when driving in any vehicle. The current seconds counter (position “9 o’clock”) is traditionally marked for the brand with a bezel in the color of the bezel and a screw head. Symmetrically to him, at 3 o’clock, a stylish index of the date and day of the week is posted. Of course, the arrows and marks are coated with phosphor, which is necessary for diving, and generally useful.
Accuracy and Reliability – Truly Swiss
Through the sapphire crystal case back, the RW5000 self-winding mechanism is perfectly visible. One of the original features of the Freelancer collection was a demonstration of the functioning of the heart of the mechanism – the balance-helix node. In some models, this node is visible from the side of the dial, in this case – from the back. Raymond Weil creates most of his mechanisms in collaboration with the famous Swiss specialized firm Sellita, and this one is no exception. The RW500 caliber on 25 stones operates at a frequency of 4 hertz and has a power reserve of 46 hours.
On the wrist
A brown calfskin strap completes the whole picture harmoniously. Raymond Weil Freelancer 7730 clasp is foldable, equipped with a safety lock against accidental unzipping, which provides additional convenience and reliability, especially when playing sports. And, especially, deep underwater. The watches are delivered in an elegant branded box. The buyer receives an international warranty for 2 years. In general, it is a wonderful choice for a modern man who leads an active lifestyle and values his time and status.