Richard Mille Watches became the official partner the Lotus F1 Team last year and this watch is a natural extension of that sponsorship. The RM 50-01 is named especially for one of the Lotus F1 Team drivers, Romain Grosjean, for whom Richard Mille created this new tourbillon driven timepiece. I’ve gotta say that Mille really nailed the look of the RM 50-01 — it is well aligned with the Lotus F1 Team colors and car. This watch shares elements of both the RM 35-01 Rafael Nadal (case material) and the RM 36-01 Sebastien Loeb (G-force sensor), but in a look and execution all its own. Let’s take a closer look below.
The RM 50-01 has a case created from carbon NTPT® with a choice of caseband in 5N red gold or carbon NTPT. This new carbon material, a Richard Mille exclusivity, consists of more than 600 layers, each 30 microns thick of woven carbon filaments that are compressed and heated to achieve an unbelievable level of strength and rigidity.
You can see clearly the RM 50-01’s function indicator (4 o’clock on the dial) which shows whether the movement is in Winding, Neutral or Handsetting mode, as well as the mechanical G-force sensor gauge spanning the upper part of the dial.
Mechanically speaking, the watch features a manual winding tourbillon chronograph caliber with mechanical G-force sensor, a feature that also appears in another 2014 Richard Mille watch, the RM36-01 Sensor Sebastien Loeb (see this article for a rundown on how it works). Though as compared to the RM36-01, the execution of the G-force sensor is clearly different — the
This is a limited edition of 30 watches, each accompanied by hand assembled 1/5th scale model of the 2014 Lotus F1 racing car.