Swiss watchmaker Raymond Weil pays tribute to another musical icon with its newest Limited Edition Freelancer chronograph: guitarist Jimi Hendrix. Occasion is the 50th anniversary of the legendary Woodstock festival and Hendrix’s timeless performance that catapulted the musician into the Rock Olympus. His interpretation of the Star Spangled Banner is cult, as is Woodstock himself. Borth are worthy of a memorial – and why not wear it on your wrist?
Raymond Weil chose its flagship freelancer collection to capture Jimi Hendrix’s free-spirited attitude and classic trademarks. Unsurprisingly, because this collection is not only one of the most popular of the manufacturer, but is also the home for almost all of the other music-inspired models.
His famous white Fender Stratocaster inspired many of the dial’s details, including the nine dotted index markers that mimic the frets on his guitar neck and circular border representing the six guitar strings.
Hendrix was known for his signature left-handed guitar-technique, visible in the Fender guitar counter weight design of the chronograph second hand. The guitarist wore an unforgettable cyan blue ensemble with an Aztec guitar strap on the Woodstock stage; the color is prominently accented on the hands of the chronograph while the embossed design on the watch face calls attention to the Aztec pattern.
The tachymeter ring is detailed with the singer’s famous quote, “Music is my religion”, alongside his name. The dial is protected by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal.
The timepiece maintains the freelancer collection’s case design in a matte finish. It has a diameter of 42 mm, is water-resistant to 10 atm and comes with a grey PVD coating. The case back is finished with the Authentic Hendrix logo, giving his estate’s seal of approval.
Behind it works a mechanical chronograph movement which provides a power reserve of up to 48 hours.
Every Raymond Weil Freelancer Limited Edition Jimi Hendrix is completed by a classic brown leather strap. This limited edition comprises only 500 models. So who wants one needs to be quick.