"The exhilaration of flying is too keen, the pleasure too great, for it to be neglected as a sport," wrote Orville Wright, one of the inventors of modern aviation. Swiss watchmaker Raymond Weil shares his sentiments and has partnered with aviation manufacturer Piper Aircraft Inc to create an exciting watch that celebrates the spirit of flying.
Measuring 45mm, the Freelancer Piper is an ode to the legendary aircraft manufacturer's beautifully designed planes. Design elements take inspiration from different parts of the aircraft; for example, the blue minute and hour hands are echoes of the rotor blades, while the GMT hand, with its red pointer, references a compass.
But the watch also holds a deeper meaning for the watch manufacturer: "What most people may not know is that my grandfather Raymond Weil was a passionate pilot and the proud owner of a Piper plane," says Elie Bernheim, the current CEO of the company. "So the Freelancer Piper is a fitting homage to him and the invaluable heritage he left us. I am sure he would be immensely proud of this new introduction."