Raymond Weil Freelancer Automatic Chronograph
Angus Davies gets hands-on with the Raymond Weil Freelancer Automatic Chronograph 7740-SC3-65521
This detailed review of the Raymond Weil Freelancer Automatic Chronograph includes live images, specification details and pricing.
Raymond Weil has continuously aligned its brand to the world of music. However, in this instance the Swiss watch company from Geneva has released a watch which eschews musical references.
Recently, I was able to get hands-on with the Raymond Weil Freelancer Automatic Chronograph 7740-SC3-65521 and I had the opportunity to ascertain whether its specification resonated with me.
The tricompax layout consists of blue subdials set against a silver backdrop. The centre of the dial features a sunray motif, with a snailed hour track surrounding it.
The hour and minute hands are lined with luminescent treatment, while the indexes shine brightly courtesy of their silver-hued, polished contours.
Unusually, the small seconds display at 9 o’clock is retained with a screw and the seconds hand is delivered in a gleaming silver tone. Meanwhile, the chronograph registers feature white hands, providing a point of differentiation from the non-stopwatch functions. A 30-minute chronograph register is positioned at 3 o’clock, while a 12-hour chronograph register is located at 6 o’clock. Both of these latter subdials are framed with silver circlets, providing an eye-catching means of delineation.
A minuterie encircles the dial and proves ideal for reading off elapsed seconds with the central chronograph seconds hand.
The dial is a paragon of clarity and the blue on silver, panda dial design is achingly gorgeous.
Measuring 43.5mm in diameter, with a case height of 13.7mm, the Freelancer Automatic Chronograph 7740-SC3-65521 deftly steers a narrow course between being too large and too small. Its scale is perfect.
The beveled horns are fascinating to observe as they slope inwards adjacent the strap, casting shadows in the process. The striking blue PVD bezel features a tachymeter scale, proving ideal for calculating the speed of an object over a known distance.
At 10 o’clock, a screwed-down push-piece adjusts the date, while on the right flank of the case the chronograph push-pieces are capstan-like in profile.
The case successfully blends both highly polished and satin surfaces.
Raymond Weil has equipped the Freelancer Automatic Chronograph 7740-SC3-65521 with a perforated calf-leather strap and a tastefully branded, folding clasp.
The dorsal plane of the case features a sapphire crystal, affording views of the movement within.
The self-winding Calibre ETA 7753 is beautifully appointed with perlage on the oscillating mass and bridges. Blued screws abound, augmenting the perception of quality.
The frequency of the balance is 28,800 VpH (4Hz) and the movement contains 27 jewels.
The Freelancer Automatic Chronograph 7740-SC3-65521 is a beautiful watch. However, beneath its pulchritudinous veneer there is also much inner virtue, courtesy of the heavily embellished ETA 7753 movement.
Nevertheless, the aesthetic prowess of this timepiece remains its pièce de résistance. The tri-compax topography of the dial is sublime. Moreover, a plethora of delightful details augment the appeal of this watch. The snailed hour track, the silver toned circlets framing the chronograph subdials and the blue PVD bezel all coalesce wonderfully.
Surprisingly, such beauty and technical virtue is offered for a comparatively modest sum with a recommended retail price of £2,595.
• Model: Raymond Weil Freelancer Automatic Chronograph 7740-SC3-65521
• Case: Stainless steel; diameter 43.5mm; height 13.7mm; water resistant to 10 bar (100 metres); sapphire crystal to front and case-back.
• Functions: Hours; minutes; small seconds; date; chronograph.
• Movement: Calibre ETA 7753; Self-winding movement; frequency 28,800 VpH (4Hz); 27 jewels.
• Strap: Perforated calf leather strap with steel folding clasp
• Price: £2,595 (RRP as at 18.7.2017)