SIHH 2014: Richard Mille RM36-01 Sensor Sebastien Loeb

Richard Mille RM36-01 Sensor Sebastien Loeb

With the RM 36-01 Richard Mille continues with the G-sensor technology we saw in last year’s RM036 made for/inspired by Jean Todt, but this one is for his Rally driver/Ambassador Sebastien Loeb.  I must say the aesthetic is much improved though still very crazy by traditional standards (Hey, it’s Richard Mille right!).  The manual wind caliber includes a tourbillon and is made of an ultra-light predominately titanium alloy.  The G-force sensor has been redesigned a bit which I’ll elaborate on below.

The watch comes in at just under 48mm round and ~17.5mm thick; this is 5mm in diameter larger than the RM036 Jean Todt.  There is pusher set into the crown which operates the function selector (seen on the dial between the 3 and 4 o’clock):  H hand setting, W winding, N neutral.

G-force sensor measures up to 6 G’s as you can see here:

Richard Mille RM36-01 Sensor Sebastien Loeb dial detail

The G-force sensor has been re-designed a bit but the concept is still the same.  The reset pusher is, bizarrely, located in the center of the dial, rising up through a hole in the sapphire crystal (previously located on the case at the 9 o’clock position).  I guess if you are pulling 6 Gs and need to reset, it’s probably easier being on the dial.  Also, the sensor can now be manually rotated to align with the direction of one’s movements by turning the brown ceramic bezel.  Dial that baby in!

Richard Mille RM36-01 Sensor Sebastien Loeb caseback

The RM 36-01 Sebastien Loeb limited edition will be made thirty times, with each numbered piece priced at $625,