Raymond Weil Freelancer “David Bowie” limited edition


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Last year the world lost one of its greatest music, film, and fashion icons. I am, of course, talking about one and only – David Bowie. Born in 1947, the English singer, songwriter and actor is undoubtedly one the most important figures in pop culture history. A man of a thousand faces and voices, David Bowie was an artist with exceptional creativity. Regarded by critics and musicians as an innovator, he influenced more musical genres than anyone else. David Bowie was professionally active for more than half a century. His infinite talent and daring innovation shone through his last masterpiece, the ★ (Blackstar). Released last year, his twenty-fifth and final studio album received some of the best critical notices of his career, winning five Grammys and two Brit Awards in 2017.

In partnership with the David Bowie Estate, the Swiss watchmaker Raymond Weil has created a special tribute timepiece – the Freelancer “David Bowie” edition. The watchmaker has particularly chosen Freelancer as it is its most ” free-spirited” watch. Dedicated to the life and musical career of one of the most iconic artists of all time, the new Raymond Weil timepiece celebrates what would have been his 70th birthday. According to the brand’s CEO Elie Bernheim, Bowie’s innovative free-thinking approach represents the exact kind of free spirit that has guided Raymond Weil every day since its foundation in 1976. The new Raymond Weil Freelancer “David Bowie” is produced as a limited edition of 3,000 numbered pieces. The watch, together with the brand’s other novelties, will be officially introduced this week at the Baselworld 2017.

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The crown is decorated with RW monogram

 

The new Raymond Weil Freelancer “David Bowie” limited edition has a round 42.5mm steel case. The case is water resistant to 100 meters and features a screwed steel crown decorated with RW monogram. Beneath the double AR-coated sapphire crystal glass is the beautiful black galvanic circular satin-brushed dial resembling a vinyl record. Displaying central hours, minutes and seconds, the dial features some of the most iconic design cues of the of the British artist. At 12 o’clock we have a stylized red lightning bolt – a node to the historic lightning bolt painted across Bowie’s face on the cover of the 1973 Aladdin Sane album. Positioned at 6 o’clock is a red pop art Bowie logo. Designed by Andy Warhol, this logo appeared on cover of the 1974 Diamond Dogs album.

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The black dial is designed to resemble a vinyl record

 

The back of the watch features a screw down sapphire caseback engraved with the limited edition number. Printed on the sapphire is a photograph of David Bowie taken by the legendary photographer Terry O’Neill in 1974. Powering the new Raymond Weil Freelancer “David Bowie” limited edition is the Calibre RW4200 with 26 jewels. Beating at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour, this self-winding movement features a power reserve of 38 hours. Completing the watch we have an elegant black calf leather strap with red stitching. The leather strap features a folding RW steel clasp with double push-button security system.

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Printed on the sapphire back is a 1974 photograph of David Bowie

 

 

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