Richard Mille Unveils Two Felipe Massa 10th Anniversary Limited Editions

With Richard Mille’s collaboration with Formula 1 superstar Felipe Massa now approaching its 10 year anniversary, and Massa’s 40th GP podium achieved last weekend in Austria, Richard Mille has dedicated a special collection of RM 056 and RM 011 timepieces to Felipe Massa, appropriately named ‘10th Anniversary’.  Brazilian Formula 1 driver Felipe Massa is the first sporting figure to have joined the Richard Mille family. A long-time “test driver” for Richard Mille watches, it was he who enabled the brand to initiate and accomplish astonishing feats in watchmaking development. Such triumphs included the manufacture of a carbon nanofiber baseplate, first tested with the RM 006 FM then used in a number of other models, as well as the processing of new materials such the Alusic cases on the RM 009 FM.

The RM 056 and RM 011 pieces from the ‘10th Anniversary’ collection are inspired by the driver’s racing colors. So the flanges, transfers, push-pieces, and crowns are bedecked in blue and yellow, whilst Felipe’s logo is subtly placed at 1 o’clock. On the RM 011, the number 19, Felipe’s race number, has been cleverly reworked to suggest a 12 on the sapphire dial. The final flourish on these exceptional models is Felipe’s signature engraved on the reverse.

Exclusivity defines this ‘10th Anniversary’ collection. Just ten of the RM 056 will be produced, while the RM 011 will be issued in a limited edition of 100 pieces.

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Rafael Nadal’s Watch: The New Richard Mille Tourbillon 27-02 with Quartz TPT Case

Richard Mille 27-02 Rafal Nadal - Perpetuelle

Wow.  Just Wow.  Richard Mille raises the bar again.  In the run up to the 114th French Open, Richard Mille unveils the new RM 27-02 tourbillon, a watch made for tennis superstar Rafael Nadal.  Nadal will be vying for his tenth title at the French Open while wearing the new RM 27-02.  This is the fifth such watch to come out of Mille’s partnership with Nadal which began with the RM 027 in 2010, followed by the RM 035 in 2011, the RM 27-01 in 2013, and the RM 35-01 in 2014 (my hands-on).  But I must say, the new 27-02 tops them all.  The bezel and case on this watch will blow your mind — exclusive and exotic…signature Richard Mille.   The 27-02 will be limited to 50 pieces.  One can be yours for the tidy sum of 770,000 Euros (about $850,000 on a straight f/x conversion).

Richard Mille RM 27-02 on Rafa Nadal

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First Look: Richard Mille RM 61-01 Monochrome Edition

RM61-01 FRONT CMYK

This is a much less colorful, though still very eye-catching version of the Richard Mille RM 61-01, aka Jamaican super sprinter Yohan ‘The Beast’ Blake’s watch (v2).  The case of the RM 61-01 Yohan Blake Monochrome is created using black TZP-N ceramic with a caseband in NTPT® carbon — both materials Mille has used before.  The white flying bridges, crown rubber, strap & lower flange create the monochrome aesthetic.   The skeletonized RMUL2 movement is the same, with 55 hours power reserve is built in grade 5 titanium treated with PVD and Titalyt® using a free sprung balance beating at 4Hz.  Developed with sporting applications in mind, Richard Mille has consciously aimed for exceptional impact resistance, with validation testing for the RM 61-01 carried out in excess of 5000 G’s.

more pics and my hands-on look at the green and yellow version, on the click

Richard Mille RM 011 Ceramic NTPT (Asia Limited Edition)

Richard Mille RM 011 Ceramic NTPT Asia Limited Edition - Perpetuelle

In tandem with the opening of Richard Mille’s newest boutique (in Singapore), the RM 011 Ceramic NTPT Asia Limited Edition brings a (curiously American!?) red white and blue color motif to the party.  The latest RM011 has a white ceramic bezel and caseback in combination with NTPT carbon fiber tech caseband, along with the “standard” RM011 flyback chronograph caliber with innovations such as the variable geometry rotor and more.

Richard Mille RM 011 Ceramic NTPT Singapore dial detail - Perpetuelle

Distribution of the watch — only 5o pieces will be made — will be limited to Mille’s Asian boutiques (he has ten in the region), which keeps with his favored practice of creating specific designs for specific geographies.  The price on the RM 011 Ceramic NTPT Asia Limited Edition is about 193,000 Singapore dollars, excluding tax/GST.

On a related topic — if you haven’t been to the new Richard Mille website yet, now would be a good time to check it out, it’s worth a visit: http://www.richardmille.com/

Did You Know?

NTPT® carbon is an exclusive material with a unique appearance. Its remarkable surface displays extremely regular undulations, as NTPT® carbon is composed of multiple layers of parallel filaments obtained by dividing carbon fibers. These layers, with a maximum thickness of 30 microns, are impregnated with resin then woven on a special machine that modifies the direction of the weft by 45° between layers. Heated to 120°C at a pressure of 6 bars, the NTPT® is then ready to be processed on a CNC machine in Richard Mille’s ProArt case factory. When compared to composite materials, whose exceptional physical properties are already well known, NTPT® carbon improves the rate of occurrence of breaking stresses by 25% and of micro-cracks by 200%.  source