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.
Last weekend I spent some time with the good folks at Richard Mille, during which time I made sure to get a closeup look at the new RM35-01 “Rafa” (Rafael Nadal) watch. The RM 35-01 is nothing short of amazing. The most impressive thing about this watch, hands-on: it’s weight. Or lack thereof, more appropriately. The highly skeletonized, high-tech movement weighs a mere 4 grams. Add that to an ultra-light NTPT carbon case and I’m still approximate this watch as weighing the equivalent of a small pile of paper clips. Even with the velcro fabric strap. Seriously! An impressive achievement, there is no doubt.
Here’s your first look at the new Richard Mille RM 011 Automatic Flyback Chronograph WHITE DEMON. It is cased in white ceramic (top and bottom bezels) and red gold (caseband, crown and chrono pushers) with carbon elements as well. The automatic flyback chronograph RM caliber is skeletonized with adjustable rotor geometry (more on this below); 60-minute countdown timer; 12-hour totalizer; annual calendar; and oversize date and month. Presented on a white rubber strap with red gold and titanium clasp. This is a 30-piece limited edition, available exclusively through authorized Richard Mille retailers in North and South America. The retail price is $170,000.