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Freelancer Basquiat Men's Automatic Leather Strap Watch, 43.5MM

Special Edition, Basquiat’s Artwork, Titanium, Black Ceramic Tachymeter Bezel, Black Leather Strap

7780-TIC-JMB01

$4,725.00

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Description

RAYMOND WEIL X BASQUIAT™ Special Edition is a testament to audacity and creativity. With limited availability worldwide, the timepiece pays homage to the iconic contemporary artist, a visionary whose profound influence continues to resonate throughout the worlds of art and culture.

The new freelancer Basquiat timepiece is a true collectors’ item showcasing Basquiat’s artwork on the exterior and the artistry of Swiss watchmaking within.

A color palette dominated by the primary colors of red, yellow, and blue has been set against a black background to ensure the legibility of all horological functions. At the heart of the dial sits the iconic ‘Pez Dispenser’, the crown-wearing dinosaur depicted in Basquiat’s famous painting of 1984. Positioned at 12 o’clock, the unmistakable crown boasts a yellow Super-Luminova® embellishment, while the hour hands and indexes are dressed in white Super-LumiNova®, emitting a glow under dim light conditions.

The sleek black PVD pushers are emblazoned with Basquiat’s iconic symbols; the Copyright symbol on the Cancel/Reset pusher; the Dollar sign on the Start/Stop pusher and the artist’s signature crown motif on the screwed-down crown. The watch highlights a ceramic tachymeter bezel, designed for precise measurement, alongside a flange pulsometer scale calibrated for 30 pulsations.

The bi-compax chronograph recessed counters and skeleton discs carry artistic depth. Located at 9 o’clock, the forever turning seconds’ disc has been covered with a concentric spiral as a metaphor for Basquiat’s personal reflections and life’s complexity. Positioned opposite, the 30-minute jumping disc depicts three of his core painting themes of life, death, and humanity.

The see-through sapphire crystal case back, subtly enhanced by a discreet blue gasket, provides a captivating view of the mechanical bi-compax chronograph self-winding movement. At the heart of this timepiece lies Basquiat’s signature, merging seamlessly with the W-shaped oscillating weight, RAYMOND WEIL’s horological signature.

The titanium case marries design and function, sized at 43.5mm diameter and 13.7mm thickness for comfortable wear.

Launched in 2007, the freelancer collection was created in honor of the free-spirit who wishes to remain in control of their own destiny, and features an eclectic mix of urbane mechanical watches. This freelancer mixes classic and modest to create a harmonious and unique design. Constantly reinterpreting itself and free from all constraints, the freelancer conserves those elements which constitute its strengths.

 

Technical data

Reference 7780-TIC-JMB01
Size Gents
Collection Freelancer
Shape Round
Movement Mechanical chronograph bi-compax with automatic winding – RW5030
Power reserve 62 Hours
Movement caliber height 7.9 mm
Case material Titanium with a black ceramic tachymeter bezel inspired from Basquiat’s paint strokes and use of primary colours
Case size 43.5 mm
Case thickness 13.7 mm
Case back Screwed-down, stainless steel with titanium-colour PVD coating, with Basquiat’s unmistakable signature, on the sapphire glass back, merging seamlessly with the w-shaped oscillating weight Subtle blue gasket enhancing the see-through case back and matching with the pusher’s blue detail.
Water resistance 100 m, 330 ft, 10 atm
Crystal Sapphire with antireflective treatment on both sides
Dial Black with the iconic “Pez Dispenser” at the center Two recessed counters with white “cerclé” back Nickel plated applique indexes enhanced with white Super-Luminova® Crown index at 12 o’clock enhanced with yellow Super-Luminova®
Crown Screwed-down and fluted with Basquiat’s crown
Bracelet/Strap Genuine calf leather
Clasp Titanium with double push-security folding clasp

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