In a world where the vast majority of Swiss watch brands are owned by multinational corporations, independent watchmakers can find it difficult to continually research and develop new and interesting movements. Breaking that mould, Raymond Weil show no signs of stopping – or even slowing – with their incredible innovations, the latest being their first in-house movement, the Calibre RW1212.
Designed in collaboration with movement manufacturer Sellita, the Calibre RW1212 is as sleek and stylish as it is accurate and affordable.
The first timepiece to adorn this incredible movement is the Raymond Weil Freelancer Calibre RW1212 dress watch, and is the result of 18 months of research and design. Produced to celebrate Raymond Weil’s 40th anniversary, the movement has been designed to reveal its escapement on the face and the case back at the six o’clock position. The incredible design beats at 4Hz and offers a power reserve of up to 38 hours. It doesn’t shy from the aesthetics either, with a beautiful appearance which isn’t too dissimilar to that of a tourbillion movement, with the two mounting frames either side and a polished balance wheel.
The watch itself is available with a black or silver dial, with a choice of bracelet or leather strap. Two-tone models are also set to be released. The case measures a comfortable 42mm wide, and only 10.6mm deep – perfect for those who enjoy the benefits of an automatic but don’t want a bulky timepiece on their wrist. A fluted screw-down crown also offers the wearer water resistancy of up to 100 meters.
Chief executive of Raymond Weil Elie Bernheim said: “The Calibre RW1212 is a tribute to the present and a symbol of the future. Its name picks up the digits of our address here in Switzerland: 1212, standing for the Geneva suburb Grand-Lancy. It symbolizes the path we have travelled to date and the free-spirited approach we bring to watchmaking”.
Overall, the watch makes a beautiful everday or dress watch, and Raymond Weil have found the perfect balance between subtle and eccentric, with bold contrasts in colour and of course the exposed escapement that really sets the tone for the watch. The dial and hands are accented by Super-LumiNova for improved readability in areas with low light, and at a price of £1,695, it’s sure to be popular among collectors.
The watch is available for purchase here.