The Pulsometer watch, sometimes known as the doctor’s watch, seems to be making a bit of a revival. Latest brand to embrace the pulse counting feature is Raymond Weil, who have a new Freelancer bi-compax model on site.
Now the Freelancer has been a successful line for RW, but we wonder if £3495 is a bit too far when it comes to pricing. For years RW has been something of a mid-market Swiss watch brand and stepping up to the big league puts it against TAG, Breitling, Grand Seiko, Omega and others. Thing is, pre-owned demand for any RW isn’t that strong. It is seen as an old man’s watch brand in the UK, so our advice is look at some Indie brand bi-compax models before you take the plunge.
Here’s some wordage from RW. By the way, we corrected ELEVEN spelling/grammar errors in this copy which does make you wonder about the quality control regime at the factory. You can see the full text on the RW site here. `Steal’ instead of steel – really?
The Raymond Weil freelancer Bronze Chronograph 7780 is available in two variants, one with orange accents, limited to just 300 pieces, and the other with blue accents.
On the brand’s customised motorbike, the name RAYMOND WEIL adorns the fuel tank and is depicted in rose gold foil. This provided the inspiration for the texture of the 43.5mm bronze case and the two sub counters gracing the dial. Likewise , the motorbikes gradient-effect paint influencedthe watch’s black smoked dial.
This latter detail confers an interesting display with light tones at the centre of the dial that assume a darker shade near the edge. The tachymeter and pulsometer scales engraved on the motorcycle tank cap are replicated on the watch’s satin-finished ceramic bezel insert and flange, respectively. Even the freelancers rich brown calf leather strap has been inspired by the motorbikes leather clad seat.
The symetrical bi-compax layout features a 30 minute chronograph counter ans a small seconds display. The golden hour and minute hands are generously proportioned and, in conjunction with the applied indexes, prove highly legible. The hour track is snailed, while the hands and indexes feature luminescent treatment, augmenting readability in restricted light.
The colour of the central chronograph hand, the hand on the 30 minute register and the numerals on the pulsometer scale are all presented in the same shade.
A date display is positioned at 6 o’clock, once again contributing to the overall symmetry of the dial. The date disc is presented in black, matching the colour of the dial, a detail much appreciated by purists. The tachymeter scale ,presented on the bezel, provides the means to determine the speed of a motorbike or vehicle of your choice, over a known distance.
Residing on a bronze-toned flange, a pulsometer scale allowsthe wearerto determine the heart rate of an individual . A notable characteristic of this dial is that it wonderfully plays with shades, depths and textures, contributing to the watch’s sophisticated appearance.
With time, the bronze will mature and form a patina, heightening the overall senseof elegance. To the rear of the watch, the case back is presented in titanium PVD stainless steel.