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Raymond Weil Freelancer Calibre RW1212 Skeleton Review. BY WATCHADVICE

Raymond Weil’s latest skeleton watch comes in the form of the Freelancer 42mm Full Skeleton Calibre RW1212. Skeleton watches present a unique interpretation of watchmaking, where sometimes everything is removed down to the bare minimum to showcase nothing but just the movement and the time.  There is something about a skeleton watch that just grabs attention. Whether it’s the human curiosity to want to know what goes on behind closed doors or whether it’s the fascination of seeing all the intricate pieces come together to create something complex yet beautiful, skeletonised timepieces can awaken the watch fanatic in all of us.  This however does not mean that skeleton watches can always be so easy to read. Quite a common pitfall...

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Raymond Weil’s Freelancer Collection Offers a Full Gamut of Temptation. BY MANOFMANY

JACOB OSBORN, 22 APR 2021 Swiss luxury watchmaker Raymond Weil rocked the world with their 1976 debut and they’ve been killing it ever since. Elbowing their way into the room, the brand continues to hold its own against some stiff competition. With exceptional quality, cutting-edge design, and unbeatable value as its core, Raymond Weil has rapidly become one of the industry’s foremost watchmakers.   For proof, look no further than the Freelancer Collection. Anchored by its experimental sensibility, precise mechanics, perennial “wow” factor, and affordable pricing, the collection delivers a full gamut of temptation. Pardon us while we resort to juvenile language, but these timepieces are just freaking cool. If you’re a man of taste with an eye for style, it’s all but guaranteed that...

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RAYMOND WEIL’S NEW SKELETON WATCH LOOKS A MILLION BUCKS FOR A LOT LESS. BY DMARGE

A work of art for less than you think. Jamie Weiss  Sunday 28th March, 2021 Photo: DMARGE RAYMOND WEIL is one of those rare beasts of the luxury watch world: an independent brand. It’s surprising to see how far the brand has come since its humble beginnings in 1976, too, its namesake founder initially selling his pieces from a foldout bridge table in a stall in Geneva. 45 years later, the brand has secured its name as one of the most successful watch brands in Switzerland, while remaining family-owned. RAYMOND WEIL’s vision from the start was to make the highest-quality Swiss watches possible, at the most competitive price point possible. ‘Affordable luxury’ is a term that’s thrown around a lot...

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Chronoswiss Opus Chronograph Limited Edition Review. BY WATCHADVICE

Chronoswiss is a Lucern based Swiss watchmaking company that was founded in 1983. Created during a time where quartz timepieces were the popular choice for wristwear, Gerd-Rüdiger Lang founded Chronoswiss, as he believed in the timeless fascination of mechanical timepieces.  Chronoswiss was a brand made for visionaries, pioneers, and nonconformists. They were the first brand to miniaturize the regulator into a wristwatch, and then build a whole collection of watches around this design. Chronoswiss is also a specialist when it comes to skeletonised watches. They have been practicing this craft in watchmaking for more than 30 years, while also giving the skeletonised timepieces a modern twist. For Chronoswiss, the process of skeletonising a watch isn’t just simply removing pieces of...

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CHRONOSWISS GETS CREATIVE & COLOURFUL WITH BOLD 2021 WATCH RELEASES. BY DMARGE

After what’s been a whirlwind few weeks, Watches & Wonders – the industry’s pre-eminent trade show – has finally wrapped up. W&W 2021 was a hybrid conference, with an initial mostly virtual Geneva show followed by a traditional expo in Shanghai. The unique model allowed for a whopping 40 brands to exhibit literally hundreds of watches in some of the most lavishly produced unveilings we’ve seen in a while. With so many watches, you’d think it would be hard to pick a unifying theme, but there’s one standout trend that’s emerged: colour. Lots of colour. Cartier’s eclectic Tank Must collection, Hublot’s eye-catching yellow ceramic Big Bang, Zenith’s luxurious takes on their Defy high-frequency chronograph… Brands didn’t hold back when it came to colourful releases, that’s...

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WATCHES & WONDERS 2021: Chronoswiss Flying Regulator Open Gear Pink Panther. By Horologium

Watches, like other inanimate objects, are inherently neutral. Sizing, decoration – these are all a product of socio-cultural and historical influences, and preferences similarly the subjective mix of time, place, and individual. It’s why there are trends, why which watches do well can differ between markets, and why special regional editions exist. So too, is colour. There have been a lot of green dials over the last twelve months, and there’s no reason to think that this won’t continue until the end of 2021, but there have also been some recent bursts of other bright and bold hues, including a number during Watches & Wonders. The influences for some of those colourful new releases have included the 1970s and 1990s, and even the new...

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Revolution Interview

Interview by Wei Koh.(reproduced with permission from Revolution Australia Magazine) Founder and CEO of AVSTEV, Steven Rom with Chief of Operations, Marc Rom REVOLUTION: What brought you from South Africa to Australia? Steven Rom: Due to a horrific political experience and with the future uncertainty in the country at the time, I decided to relocate my family to Australia. We feel privileged to have been allowed to call this fine country, Australia, home.   How did you get involved in the watch industry? I had done a deal to purchase a majority stake in a very successful liquor business, but when I arrived in Australia, the deal fell apart. I was not doing anything for too long and a business...

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QANTAS Article

MARC ROM’S first day at his father’s business left no-one in doubt about where the son ranked in the hierarchy: right at the bottom, cleaning out the bins. “Marc has worked his way up,” says Steven Rom, who founded Avstev Group in Sydney in 1999 as the regional distributor for Swiss watchmaker Raymond Weil. “I never gave him any titles.” Marc was just 21 and had no outside experience, “whereas I’d been in business for 20-plus years in South Africa”, says Steven. He was prepared to give his son a start but not a free ride. As the company grew – it’s now Australasia’s largest privately owned distributor of Swiss watches – Marc inched his way up, learning the workings...

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Huffington Post Article

How One Small Family Business Is Tapping Into The Luxury Watch Market In an age of discount online sites and consumers riding the bargain bandwagon, it may seem a tough gig to sell a $1.5 million Swiss watch. But Steve Rom, who co-founded his small family business The AVSTEV Group with his son Marc, says being a successful player in the luxury business isn’t as hard as you might think. “It’s a competitive industry, but luxury is not a tough sell in Australia,” he told The Huffington Post Australia. “There are the three giants and then there’s us. We don’t want to compete with them -- we are happy to be a small player.” AVSTEV is a distribution company for high-end...

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