Raymond Weil Debuts Freelancer RW1212 Skeleton Watch In Two Tone Bronze

Skeleton watches are a character exercise in many ways. Aside from just exposing the inner workings of the movement, the way a watch is skeletonized can add a variety of personalities to the final product. Since its introduction in 2018, the Raymond Weil Freelancer RW1212 Skeleton has stayed on the more elegant side of the skeleton watch spectrum, with a wide-open central display window flanked by an outer dial ring with full indexes. For the latest in the series, however, the brand is reworking the character of this watch with a more open, minimal skeleton treatment and new bronze case accents for a more aggressive, industrial look. The new Raymond Weil Freelancer RW1212 Skeleton in two-tone bronze offers a significant shift in the focus of the brand’s Skeleton range, and may hint at a more casual future for the line.

While the lines of the 42 mm case of the new Raymond Weil Freelancer RW1212 Skeleton are shared with its predecessors, the execution of this shape gives this model an unmistakable personality. While the narrow bezel and the needle-thin, beveled lugs of the series gave the look of a somewhat oversized dress watch on earlier models, the matt brushed surfaces give this new model a significantly sportier character. Both the smooth bezel and crown are in bronze to create a more masculine, atmospheric look in the first few pictures that contrasts nicely with the stainless steel main case. This contrast is balanced out thanks to the bronze alloy used by Raymond Weil, which looks darker and less vivid than many bronze cases. The overall thickness is a relatively slim 10.6 mm, but despite this slim profile and a sapphire-colored case back, the Freelancer RW1212 Skeleton is reasonably sporty 100 meters water resistance.



The dial of the new Raymond Weil Freelancer RW1212 Skeleton in two-tone bronze is the greatest departure from previous models, with a new design that opts for aggression and spectacle over the mixture of sophistication and legibility of the last generation. The dial of this new model is completely skeletonized, with no indices or markings other than a thin outer minute track. This lack of markings, coupled with the complex skeletal framework under the hands, significantly impairs legibility. The skeletal bridges themselves follow a similar pattern to previous models. However, with less solid dial surface to hide, those intricate tight curves are given more breathing space for a more airy look. Raymond Weil accentuates the perlage finish of these bridges here with a medium graphite gray coating that keeps the subdued dark look of the case intact through the dial. The handsome 12 o’clock barrel and tourbillon-style bridge for the 6 o’clock balance become natural focal points here, and the brand’s decision to use darker tones for the surrounding bridges really leaves those bright visual elements out of the background . The gold-colored finish of the discreetly convex baton hands also helps to draw attention to these useful elements and somewhat mitigates the influence of the new design on legibility. Like the previous models in the line, the new Freelancer RW1212 Skeleton is a simple two-hand dial with no running seconds hand or additional complications.

The movement exhibited inside the Raymond Weil Freelancer RW1212 Skeleton in two-tone bronze is the RW1212 automatic movement. The RW1212 was designed in collaboration with the movement partner Sellita exclusively for Raymond Weil and is an attractively decorated design with a matching skeleton rotor for maximum visibility. This elaborate movement offers solid accuracy of -5 / + 20 seconds per day, but the power reserve of 38 hours at 28,800 beats per hour feels a little under-challenged in today’s watch movement market. To complete the subtle and masculine color palette, Raymond Weil combines the Freelancer RW1212 Skeleton with a leather bracelet in a used look in deep tobacco brown. This bracelet features the brand’s signed two-button deployment clasp for a cleaner, higher quality look, and adds subtle highlights with tan stitching.

With new case elements made of bronze, a fully skeletonized dial and a nuanced color scheme, the new Raymond Weil Freelancer RW1212 Skeleton in two-tone bronze orients the RW1212 Skeleton line in a more casual, more masculine direction for the future. The Raymond Weil Freelancer RW1212 Skeleton in Two Tone Bronze is now available through authorized dealers at an RRP of. available $ 2,940. Visit the brand’s website for more information.


July 24, 2021