Raymond Weil Freelancer Chronograph Gibson Les Paul Watch

Raymond Weil Freelancer Chronograph Gibson Les Paul Watch

Raymond Weil Freelancer Chronograph Gibson Les Paul Watch Watch Releases

Gibson is a well-reputed name in the world of guitars and is known across the globe especially for their electric guitars. Though the Gibson guitar catalog provides a wide array of guitar models to choose from, one of the more sought-after collections is the Les Paul Gibson, and Swiss watchmaker Raymond Weil are paying tribute to the downright iconic guitar through their Baselworld release of the Raymond Weil Chronograph Gibson Les Paul watch.

Raymond Weil Freelancer Chronograph Gibson Les Paul Watch Watch Releases

It's unlikely that many are unfamiliar with the cultural significance of this famous guitar. Even younger readers should recognize names like Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, and Pete Townshend who represent just a few of those who made their music on a Gibson Les Paul. As Raymond Weil has made musically inspired watches part of their brand personality, such as we have previously seen in the Nabucco Cello Tourbillon watch and the Beatles watch, the Raymond Weil Freelancer Chronograph Gibson Les Paul fits right in.

Raymond Weil Freelancer Chronograph Gibson Les Paul Watch Watch Releases

The black dial on the Raymond Weil Freelancer Chronograph Gibson Les Paul watch has a three-subdial layout and some attractive design elements inspired by a Les Paul Gibson giving the watch a unique appeal. The hour track has been presented here using a circular motif which closely resembles the fretboard of a guitar with its six strings and gives the dial a sense of depth and some visual dynamism. The applied hour markers represent the frets, and the shape at the 12 o'clock position represents a guitar headstock with the Gibson brand name, followed by the Les Paul signature just below it. The chronograph functions on the Raymond Weil Freelancer Chronograph Gibson Les Paul include a 30-minute counter at 3, a 12-hour counter at 6, and a running seconds counter at 9 o'clock. All the subdials have some fine concentric circular patterns, along with some golden highlights, mirroring the color tone of the golden border which runs across the body of certain Gibson Les Paul models.

Raymond Weil Freelancer Chronograph Gibson Les Paul Watch Watch Releases

The 43.5mm stainless steel case on this watch is an interesting mix of brushed and polished surfaces and offers a water-resistance of 100m. The right side of the case is flanked by a set of polished chronograph pushers, along with the signed screw-down crown at 3, whereas the left side of the case hosts a single pusher at 10 o'clock used to set the date. The case is topped with a steel tachymeter bezel which has a glossy black PVD coating, resembling the black lacquer finish on the body of a popular Les Paul model, the "Black Bird."

Raymond Weil Freelancer Chronograph Gibson Les Paul Watch Watch Releases

The watch is powered by the Raymond Weil RW5010 chronograph movement which is basically a Valjoux 7753 with a customized Raymond Weil rotor. The movement beats at a frequency of 28,800bph, and offers a power reserve of 46 hours. The movement can be viewed from the sapphire crystal exhibition caseback, which is also stamped with the Gibson logo in white. Although the Gibson branding looks cool, in my opinion, it does hinder the view of movement a little and would have been better off being engraved on the case back itself making it possible to have a better view of the movement.

Raymond Weil Freelancer Chronograph Gibson Les Paul Watch Watch Releases

The Raymond Weil Freelancer Chronograph Gibson Les Paul is a watch for rock 'n' roll enthusiasts who love the music the Les Paul is associated with and want to keep the spirit of the instrument alive on their wrist. The watch comes on brown calf leather strap and will be produced in a limited quantity of 300 pieces with individual serial numbers engraved on the caseback. The watch will be presented in a special presentation box inspired by the Gibson guitar case and will retail at a price of $3,195. raymond-weil.com

What do you think?
  • I want it! (20)
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  • Luciano

    I still don’t get this type of co-branding. Why would I want to have a second brand (of a guitar maker) on my watch?

    • Yan Fin

      It is 2 in 1, like shampoo and conditioner

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Just the one word,……………….pointy.

    *Clunk™

  • Framlucasse

    Nice looking watch. A little too big at 43.5mm, a little too expensive also, quite close to the first price Speemasters.

  • Marius

    According to this ad: “…names like Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, and Pete Townshend who represent just a few of those who made their music on a Gibson Les Paul.”

    Let’s be honest, these artists made great music because they were highly talented, not because they used a Gibson guitar. Eric Clapton and Paul McCartney were so gifted that they would have been able to create a great song even with a Hello Kitty guitar.

    • IanE

      Indeed – some of us might think that it would have helped.

    • Joel Schumann

      Of course, and so what. It doesn’t change the fact that for a guitarist a Les Paul was – and to some degree still is – as iconic and desirable as an Rolex sub is to the average watch geek, just as Les Paul (of Gibson) was easily as inventive as Rolex. Musicians back then chose it for its sound.
      Watch brands spend millions on marketing each year and yet can only dream about suggesting they have the same significance.

  • A_watches

    I cannot even be bothered to look at it, let alone read the article..But I do want to say it’s a pointless rip off watch

  • TheChuphta

    All these crossovers are ludicrous. That being said, I much prefer the Maurice Lacroix Benny Goodman Clarinet moonphase (it pairs nicely with my Weiss Sentra-Matic which was inspired by the Nissan Sentra that also has many of its components assembled in the USA).

  • I like the 3-6-9 layout more than the 12-6-9 so for me that is a big plus however I hate the stupid date pusher 11. Lose the pusher or lose the date.

  • DanW94

    Not into guitars but this watch looks pretty sharp on that brown leather strap. I could definitely see the proud owner of a Les Paul Gibson guitar who has an affinity for Raymond Weil watches (How many people in the world fit that profile? – Raymond Weil hopes at least 300) picking one of these up.

  • KROD

    First off, the watch is mediocre at best. A poor implementation of design cues from the Les Paul. Most of the design elements are not specific to the Les Paul model, but available on a wide range of Gibsons.

    Second, if you are going to write an article about it, do your research or have someone who actually knows guitars write it. No one says “Les Paul Gibson”. It is always referred to as “Gibson Les Paul”. If you’re going to list guitarists most known for using a Les Paul, then do that. Sure they all used them but Jimmy Page is the only one who is truly known for it. Try Duane Allman, Peter Frampton, Billy Gibbons, Slash… and “Black Bird” is not a model. It’s called Black Beauty and it is a version of the Les Paul Custom, like Peter Framptons guitar.

    • Bossman

      You so right, anybody with knowledge of guitars cringe while reading this!G
      Guess Raymond Weil not into Fenders either?

  • sfbaydawg221

    Raymond Weil. Irrelevant.

  • JimBob

    Tachymeter bezel seems like a poor choice.

  • Andrew Buckley

    Well at least they got one thing right: the chronograph seconds, minutes and hour hands are a different colour from the running time second, minutes and hour hands. It’s amazing how many so called reputable brands get that wrong! Apart from that, meh…

  • Sheez Gagoo

    I don`t even where to start on this one. First, Rockstars and their instruments have almost nothing in common. Stop wanting to be cool like rockstars Swiss watch manufacturers, you`re the opposite. Your not rockstar cool, your cool otherwise. A Swiss watch will never transport the spirit of a Lemmy. Second, What`s this stupid screw at the subdial? Third, a tachymeter? That`s what every musician needs on his watch. YOU WANT TO MAKE A ROCKING WATCH? MAKE FLAT SAPHIRE CRYSTALS ON THEM SO THEY DON`T SCRATCH WHEN YOU OPERATE A RAZORBADE ON THEM. Keith Richards will appreciate it.

  • BNABOD

    Always liked the Freelancer models but could never commit to buying one. This i am afraid is no exception. the gold and black does look good together and I don’t even mind the cobranding. The size is manageable and the movement robust. It is a nicely made watch and will last a long time BUT why buy it? At msrp it would be nuts. At 1500 bucks then yeah if u had no chronos in your collection it might be a decent option. I could care less about Gibson but one could do much worse in buying this yet again to go from there to pulling the trigger would be a stretch

  • SuperStrapper

    A common, reliable and historic but largely unexciting movement for a common, reliable and historic but largely unexciting guitar. Seems fitting. Won’t buy.

  • Richard carroll

    A bit ’tishy’, as my mother would say.

  • Yojimbo

    he’s probably spinning in his grave right now over this

  • JF Schnell

    Reall stop everything… this is my watch. Really like it and goes very well not only what do but also what I love.. the dial really has it. the only problem it’$ me… I don’t have it $

  • Omegaboy

    Twang!

  • Mark1884

    The watch looks ok. It would be much better with all the Gibson branding removed.

    • Bossman

      You a Fender guy?

      • Mark1884

        No, I just don’t get the co-branding on this one. Just think the watch would look better without it.

        • Bossman

          That was meant tongue in the cheek! 🙂

          • Mark1884

            Sorry, missed that one!

  • Larry Holmack

    So when are they making the “Paula Deen” I Love Butter Watch?????

    • Bossman

      With a nice yellow plastic strap!

      • Larry Holmack

        And a years worth of free butter from the Wisconsin Dairy Association!!!

  • silkhead

    blah

  • “The Raymond Weil Freelancer Chronograph Gibson Les Paul is a watch for
    rock ‘n’ roll enthusiasts who love the music the Les Paul is associated
    with and want to keep the spirit of the instrument alive on their wrist”

    Translation: This is the perfect watch for the kind of guy who collects vintage guitars but can’t actually play anything on them – The sort of person who uses the phrase “man cave”.

    Which is a shame, because it’s actually a pretty handsome piece.

    • egznyc

      You’re right: it’s a nice-enough looking watch. Just keep in mind it’s easier to operate a watch than to play a guitar. Or at least it should be …

  • Bill Grist

    This would be better if they dropped Gibson and half the price

    • Spangles

      Buy it used and it will be half the price or more

  • autofocused

    Why?

  • Zizzer Zazzer Zuzz

    For that price? Hell with that; you can buy a real Gibson Les Paul for that!

  • Pete L

    Nice enough but really not sure about these partnership watches with other branding on the dial. For the money I would probably rather buy a guitar…

  • Simonh

    You would have to pay me to wear this watch.

  • Word Merchant

    Sources close to the matter tell me that Raymond Weil’s next watch will be the Raymond Weil Spinal Tap Marshall Special and will go all the way to 11 o’clock. It’ll come in a presentation glove.

  • Shinytoys

    I like it, I’d wear it, I’d buy it…what can I say..
    Les was a musical God !

  • ??????

    Doesn’t look bad. I don’t care too much about the Gibson thing, but the size of the watch could be reduced: 43.5 mm with long lugs is a bit too much.

  • Earthyboy

    Why does this exist?

  • Ulysses31

    Not bad for a themed watch. Let’s face it, it could’ve been much worse. There are too many cluttered indices and lines everywhere though, I feel a bit claustrophobic just looking at it.