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Raymond Weil launches first in-house movement

Swiss watchmaker Raymond Weil has collaborated with movement maker Sellita to create its first in-house movement.

The research and development team at the Geneva-based watchmaker designed the movement, which has been produced by Sellita, also based in Switzerland.

Called the Freelancer Calibre RW1212, after the postcode of the company’s HQ in Grand-Lancy, the watch’s distinctive characteristic is an opened-worked dial that reveals the regulating organ at the 6 o’clock position.

Developed over 18 months, the balance-and-spring assembly is the focus of the timepiece. The diamond-polished balance wheel and skeletonised bridge ensure transparent visibility extending to the heart of the watch. It is framed by a 42.5mm steel case.

It is powered by a mechanical self-winding movement and beats at a frequency of 28,000 vibrations per hour and has a 38-hour power reserve. The oscillating weight is adorned with a Côtes de Genève motif and engraved with the Raymond Weil logo.

Chief executive of Raymond Weil Elie Bernheim said: “Calibre RW1212 symbolises the path we have travelled to date and the free-spirited approach we bring to watchmaking.”

The Freelancer Calibre RW1212 comes in several versions, featuring a silver-toned or black dial with either a steel case and bracelet or a leather strap. It also comes in a two-tone variation featuring matching bracelet or strap.



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