PRE-BASEL: THE RAYMOND WEIL FREELANCER SKELETON

Swiss watchmaker RAYMOND WEIL celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, and is marking the occasion with a new addition to its flagship timepiece collection. With the freelancer skeleton watch, RAYMOND WEIL transports you into the depths of the movement for a journey to the heart of watchmaking expertise.

Sleek and stylish, this new 42.5mm freelancer showcases the watchmaking know-how behind each of the independent Company's designs produced by the in-house Research & Development department since its inception in 1999. Black all over – from its PVD-coated steel case to its calfskin leather strap – the freelancer skeleton plays with contrasts, alternating between see-through components and sophisticated rose gold detailing which catches the light. The central hour, minute and second hands as well as the indexes are rose gold plated, and two sapphire crystals seal the various components. The wide aperture on the black galvanic dial invites you on a journey to the heart of the automatic winding mechanism featuring a 38-hour power reserve. It offers a perfect view of the meticulous circular-grained bridges and ruthenium finish of the Swiss Made skeleton movement.

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"This contemporary design embodies the spirit of RAYMOND WEIL: an independent, family-owned company which has been cultivating its watchmaking expertise for 40 years with innovatively designed and timeless creations", says Elie Bernheim, RAYMOND WEIL CEO and grandson of the Company's founder.

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Paying homage to the Brand’s independence and the visionary spirit of its founder, the freelancer collection was launched in 2006 by the third generation of the family. It has since become RAYMOND WEIL's signature collection as well as its bestseller.

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Expected release in Australia April 2016. RRP $4600.