The only chronograph model among Raymond Weil’s contemporary Freelancer Collection is a bold looking 7730 watch with a day/date function that exists in five interesting variations. Four of them are crafted in polished stainless steel, while the most striking version, called Urban Black, features a black PVD case. The Geneva based watchmaker did a very good job with these modern sporty watches whose price around $ 2,000 seems like a great deal, considering design, functionality and mechanism.
Speaking about functionality, there is a number of useful features, beautifully arranged on the dial of Raymond Weil Freelancer 7730 watch. The tachymeter scale goes over the outer rim, surrounding a nicely designed circular pattern with applied hour markers. At the 3 o’clock position, there are two apertures, one showing a day of the week and other one indicating date. At the central part of the dial, there are three sub-dials: the 30-minutes chrono counter takes the 12 o’clock, the 12-hour counter is at the 6 o’clock, while the small seconds sub-dial is placed at the 9 o’clock position, which is a bit distinctive by its metal applied ring. Chronograph hands, including the central second hand are all marked in striking colors, red or yellow, depending on a version.
A round stainless steel case with the diameter of 42 mm has the mid-size, not too big for smaller men’s wrists and not to small for robust wrists. It features a tiny, modern looking bezel whose size allowed the implementation of wide dial, which is highly readable besides its numerous indicators. The case also incorporates prominent lugs, chronograph pushers and a crown which emphasizes the bold look of this chronograph.
Two stainless steel versions come with a black dial/red chrono hands combination. The one with Ref. 7730-STC-20041 features a black leather strap, while the Ref. 7730-ST- 20041 comes with an attractive stainless steel bracelet. The Ref. 7730-STC-20021 model features a black dial, combined with yellow hands and the tachymeter scale, as well as an elegant brown leather strap.
The most elegant version comes under the Ref. number 7730-STC-65025. It has a silver dial with rose gold indices and hands, as well as a brown leather strap and a folding clasp with a double push-security system. Finally, there is the Urban Black (Ref. 7730-BK-05207) black PVD coated model which is also distinctive by its matt black dial that is the only one that features printed numerals instead of applied markers.
The sapphire crystal case-back reveals a RW 5000 self-winding chronograph mechanism with the power reserve of 46 hours. Finally, it is important to mention that this great watch also has the very solid water-resistance of up to 100 meters (330 feet).