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There are certain luxury watch manufacturers that prefer their timepieces to do all the talking. A good design with a glamorous appearance can only do so much, but a watch with such innovative functions will increase the interest among today’s clients, critics, and collectors. Timepieces are usually an enigma, one wonders how such a tiny and beautiful piece of machinery can hold such modern engineering. For one of the newest releases, Swiss luxury brand Raymond Weil is opening up their timepiece for all the world to see with the Freelance RW1212 Skeleton watch.
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Release date: March 2018
Like many timepieces offered this year, the Freelance RW1212 Skeleton was unveiled during Baselworld 2018 last March. Because of its daring appeal and interesting innovations, the timepiece garnered a flurry of conversations surrounding how the piece was built and what’s next for Raymond Weil. Each watch costs $2,595.
- Diameter: 42mm
- Movement: Automatic
- Water Resistant: 100 meters
- Power Reserve: 38 hours
- Frequency: 28,800 vph
- Strap: Brown calfskin leather or stainless steel bracelet
- Buckle: Tang buckle or folding clasp
In a unique and exciting new timepiece, Raymond Weil combined the complexities of the machine with the glamour of its design to offer luxury watch enthusiasts a balanced portion of both fashion and functionality. By daring to show the innards of the watch in full view, one can see first-hand all the intricacies and details specific to this one-of-a-kind watch. For those who like luxury watches for their glamour, the model is offered in three eye-catching colorways: one in a more classic stainless steel silver with blue details, another in a more sophisticated rose gold with a chocolate brown leather strap, and the last one is an all-black matte iteration with hints of silver and red gold.
While skeleton watches are barely new, they’re not always the most popular type of watch out there. Timepieces are often bought for the glamour, and it’s difficult to see it when one sees nuts and bolts on its face. This watch specifically touches upon the engineering aspect of the business, which might isolate a huge portion of the market who prefer their watches to look glamorous. As Raymond Weil tries to bring both sides of the market together, only time will tell if such a balance can actually be achieved one timepiece.
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