Yesterday, Raymond Weil announced its new collaboration with Titouan Galea, a three-time Wing Foil World Champion. Both characterised by skilful mastery, high precision and expert timing, this partnership pulls together the many surprising parallels between Swiss watchmaking and Wing Foil. Encapsulating the high energy dynamic of Wing Foil, the release sees the launch of four all-new Raymond Weil Freelancer Diver models.
The Four All-new Raymond Weil Freelancer Diver Watches
Dial and Case
Available in either oceanic blue or deep black, the dials of this capsule collection boast a unique gradient design. To enhance legibility, the dials transition to a darker shade towards the bottom of the dial. In turn, this makes the baton hour markers even more pronounced. And, thanks to the SuperLuminova inlays on each marker, they are still legible even when in the dark. The gradient also draws attention to the uniquely-shaped date display resting above the 6 o’clock position. Reinforcing the aquatic roots of the collaboration, it takes the form of a petite teardrop and features a custom typeface.
For both the black dial rubber strap (2775-SR1-20051) and all-over steel bracelet models (2775-ST1-20051), three silver-tone hands and indices accent the dial. But, for a more warmingly opulent touch, the black dial model with a dual-tone rose gold bracelet (2775-S51-20051) diverges. Instead, it features rose gold-tone trimmings which echo its beautiful strap design. Likewise, the blue dial model with the steel and gold-tone bracelet (2775-SP3-50051) features stunning matching indices and hands, giving it an effortlessly luxurious look.
Framing each of the four colourways is a sleek 42.5mm stainless steel case. With a sturdy 11.7mm thick build and anti-glare sapphire crystal, it locks in up to 300 metres of water resistance. This is aided by a fluted screw-down crown, which matches the colour of the dial accents on each model. As an added touch, each crown is also embellished with the Raymond Weil monogram.
As a finishing touch, a redesigned ceramic bezel provides a beautiful framing to the attentively detailed dial. Its primary colour corresponds to the dial’s main colour, whilst its indices and 12 o’clock key marker match the dial’s accent colour. As a result, each Freelancer Diver has a cohesive finish that embodies Raymond Weil’s high attention to detail.
Movement and Finishing Touches
Beating within each of the models is a Swiss-made RW4200 automatic mechanical movement. Equipped with a 38-hour power reserve and 26 jewels, it’s a highly reliable calibre that delivers excellent precision.
Each model in the launch is completed with its own elegant bracelet or strap. Completing the blue dial model (2775-SP3-50051) is a five-link stainless steel bracelet laced with gold PVD central links. The same applies to the rose gold and black dial colourway (2775-S51-20051), but instead with beautiful rose gold PVD central links. For the steel and back models, one comes with a simplistic stainless steel bracelet (2775-ST1-20051) and the other a comfortable black rubber strap (2775-SR1-20051).
Brimming with high energy, attention to detail and outstanding precision, the all-new Raymond Weil Freelancer Diver models make the perfect underwater companion for any aquatic adventure. But which colourway is your favourite? Let us know down below.