The RM011 Yellow Storm is 50-piece limited edition offered exclusively through Richard Mille boutiques in the Americas, starting with the Beverly Hills and Las Vegas locations. Though keepin with the general traits of Richard Mille’s RM011 series (an automatic flyback chronograph watch), this particular RM011 is cased in Mille’s super-cool NTPT carbon case. Loud and unmistakably Mille, the NTPT carbon case along with bright yellow strap (with titanium DLC buckle) and accents make the Yellow Storm a watch that will draw lots of attention to the wrist — just what many Mille wearers would like, I’d guess. I know I sure would love wearing a watch like this!
Never think that Richard Mille won’t find that “next level” to take it to — because as you can see here, he inevitably always does. The direct origins of the watch you see here can be traced back just a couple years to the Richard Mille RM 56 Sapphire, a tourbillon split-second chrono built with a full-on sapphire crystal case. It was an equally outrageous and glorious object when it stepped onto the world watch stage — and there were plenty of deep pockets who lined up to own one of the million-and-a-half dollar watch of which only 5 were being created. Richard Mille, ever ambititious, followed up with the RM56-01 in 2013 which had had a sapphire case, and as well as the movement bridges & baseplate. And a tourbillon. Yea, why not.
And today? Well, I just wanted to remind you that the the RM 56-02 was officially unveiled this week at Watches & Wonders Hong Kong. I previewed the RM 56-02 back in July and if you aren’t familiar with the details you can click here to check it out and see more images>>>
Sapphire case & bridges…cable-suspended caliber…
Here’s your first look at the new sapphire tourbillon watch that Richard Mille at the Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong later this year (30 September to 2 October 2014). The RM56-02 is the third — and best yet — iteration of Mille’s innovative and incredible RM 56 sapphire series. Not only is the watch made of a case entirely made of sapphire (which takes ~40 days non-stop to machine), but it has a cable-suspended movement that appears almost as if floating in the case. A technical and visual marvel, the RM 56-02 will be limited to just 10 pieces worldwide, with each carrying a price tag of just over $2 million.
The Richard Mille RM 61-01 is the latest iteration of the watch originally inspired by and designed for Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake. The 61-01 aka “Baby Blake” is less exotic than the RM 59-01, which featured a tourbillon, four “claws” inside the dial, and a carbon nanotube composite case — all features which are not present in the 61-01. Of course, the “original” Yohan Blake was a variant of the RM38 which Blake wore during the 2012 Olympics (and not without controversy, I might add), and which was eventually sold by Antiquorum as part of Only Watch 2013.