by Kyle Stults on October 20, 2013
Just a few days ago, Richard Mille announced two new limited edition watches under the manufacture’s RM055 aka Bubba Watson series. The RM055 Bubba Watson “Red Drive” and “White Drive” are now available exclusively at Richard Mille authorized retailers in North and South America. Each model is limited to production of just 30 pieces. All of the previous watches created with Bubba Watson—RM 038 Tourbillon Bubba Watson, RM 038 Tourbillon Victory Watch, and RM 055 Bubba Watson— feature stark white cases, bezels and rubber straps. The new limited editions have gone bipolar i.e. they are all-black save for a few red or white details. Inside the rubberized Ti case of each RM 055 beats the caliber RMUL2, which is capable of withstanding accelerations of over 500 Gs, allowing it to perform on the wrist of a golfer like Bubba. The question is, will Bubba switch out his white Richard Mille for one of these new black pieces?
RICHARD MILLE – RM 055 BUBBA WATSON “RED DRIVE” AND “WHITE DRIVE”
Limited Edition 30 pieces each variation
49.90 mm x 42.70 mm x 13.05 mm black-rubberized titanium case, black ceramic bezel, black DLC titanium and rubber crown, manual-wind black PVD- and Titalyt-treated movement (55 hrs power reserve via two barrels, 4Hz), black rubber strap
For those interested in a more technical point of view (which likely includes all RM fans): the movement is equipped with Mille’s variable-inertia balance wheel, which ensures reliability in the event of impacts and during assembly and dismantling, thus improving the long-term accuracy of the timepiece. The regulator index is eliminated, and a more accurate and repeatable inertia adjustment is possible thanks to four small adjustable weights located directly on the balance wheel. The double barrel mechanism helps to improve and equalize long-term torque stability: This is achieved by dispersing the stored energy within two winding barrels, equalizing torque as well as reducing pressure and friction on the bearings and pivots, resulting in improved long-term performance.
Price $115,000 USD. For more info on Richard Mille click here.
by Kyle Stults on September 11, 2013
Richard Mille Ambassador Rafael Nadal decisively defeated top-ranked Novak Djokovic in four sets. After missing last year’s US Open during a seven-month absence due to a knee injury, Nadal is now poised to regain the number one ranking. The win was Nadal’s 13th Grand Slam singles titles, and since 2010 he has played all of his matches with one form or another of the Richard Mille RM 27-01 Tourbillon on his right wrist.
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by Kyle Stults on August 05, 2013
For the upcoming Only Watch 2013 charity auction, Richard Mille is donating the Yohan Blake Tourbillon Prototype which Yohan Blake wore at the 2012 London Olympic Games where he won three medals. Perpetuelle was the first to identify the vividly colored watch on Yohan’s wrist as being a Richard Mille, and we provided extensive coverage of this phenomenal timepiece as it made its way through the Olympic games. Truly a special piece that should fetch a fine sum for the charity event.
Live Pics (by Antiquorum)
This prototype created an enormous amount of media attention and even a bit of controversy. It is a unique piece based upon the RM 038 but adapted to Yohan Blake’s specifications. It experienced the joy of the podium and shared the spotlight with the gold and silver medals won by Yohan, as well as a few blazes down the track on Yohan’s wrist. You can see live pics of this watch from the London Olympic Games here, here and here.
This watch features the Jamaican flag colors of green and yellow highlighting the white case, along with a yellow Velcro® strap.
Richard Mille RM038 Yohan Blake Prototype for Only Watch 2013
This is not a Baselworld piece (RM presents at SIHH in Geneva), but a nice piece for the ladies that Mille recently unveiled. Limited edition 30 pieces in each of red or white gold. The watch is based on the RM26 tourbillon, first introduced in 2011. I’d love to see one of these in the wild. A real panda, that is.
by Kyle Stults on April 22, 2013
The RM 52-01 Skull is is the second piece in the Skull collection (first piece launched in 2012), and features the skull design that embodies Richard Mille’s anti-conformist spirit. This model stands out both for its choice of materials and the way it has been crafted. The RM 52-01 Skull has a manual winding tourbillon caliber built on a baseplate in PVD-treated titanium, much like the original RM 52. But the skull and back of the skull are now sculpted from 5N red gold and are hand-bevelled — giving the skull a much more distinctive presence.
For the case, Richard Mille introduces a composite nano-ceramic material known as TZP, used for the RM 52-01′s bezel and case back (finished with microblasting and hand-polishing on the corners).
The RM 52-01 is released as a limited edition of 30 timepieces.
Richard Mille has been appointed the Official Timekeeper to the Polo Club Saint-Tropez; a magnificent 30 hectare-green setting nestled between Saint-Tropez and Pampelonne in the South of France. Of course a watch accompanies the announcement. Available from July at Polo Club Saint-Tropez and official Richard Mille Boutiques in Europe and the Middle East (Paris, Geneva, London, Dubai).
RM 011 Polo de Saint-Tropez
Limited Edition 25 pieces
titanium caseband, ceramic bezel and caseback, Polo Club logo engraved on sapphire caseback, on grey rubber strap
The 2013 SPA Classic will be held this year in Belgium at the Spa-Francorchamps, with Richard Mille being the first official timekeeper of the race. This watch is thus most likely for you European and in particular Belgian race fans out there. The watch is a flyback chronograph with countdown, annual calendar and Richard Mille’s variable rotor technology (as I explain here). Its great colors caught my eye. Check out more on the Spa classic car race here.
Richard Mille RM 011 SPA Classic 2013
Limited Edition 50 pieces
SPA Classic Logo on dial
Richard Mille introduces a new RM 011 featuring a bezel and caseback made of brown silicon nitride, a material never before used in watchmaking, according to Mille (and I believe him). Brown silicon nitride is a essentially a ceramic, and an extremely hard one at that. At 1,500 Vickers, — versus 150-190 for 316L steel alloys — the material was heretofore used in bearings, metal-cutting tools, and other high-temperature applications. And now the high-tech, high-performance material can add “high performance wristwatches” to its list of application uses.
Richard Mille RM 011 Brown Silicon Nitride
Silicon nitride is used for the bezel and case back of the RM 011. According to Mille, these parts are machined with diamond (10,000 Vickers) tools that are capable of performing the complex operations required by the barrel shape whilst guaranteeing strict tolerances and an exceptional case finish (satin-brushing and microblasting). The satin-brushed case-middle, crown and push-pieces are made of 18-carat red gold, and the push-piece guards from polished grade 5 titanium.
If you found the green and orange RM 59-01 (aka The Beast) a bit too much on the flashy side, could this new RM011 be your thing? Available at Richard Mille boutiques.
Full listing of 2013 Richard Mille watches, with design and materials innovation on all fronts.
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Richard Mille RM 056-1
Richard Mille RM059-01
Richard Mille RM 27-01
by Kyle Stults on January 22, 2013
SIHH 2013…Extreme Transparency…
If you thought that last year’s Richard Mille RM 56 split-seconds competition chronograph sapphire crystal watch was something to behold, well then feast your eyes on this. Though you may be inclined to think that you are imagining this transparent machine, this ghost of a watch as it sits before your very eyes, rest assured that it is very, very real. And very spectacular.
This takes the the RM 056 (a limited edition of 5 timepieces) to a new level of clarity, if you will. The RM 56-01 Sapphire Crystal has not only a sapphire case, but movement bridges and baseplate as well. In advancing last year’s RM 56, the RM 56-01 also draws from Mille’s creation of the RM 018 ‘Homage to Boucheron’, which has a double baseplate in sapphire. Full discussion and high-res closeups of this extreme piece, below.
UPDATE: Link to Live Pics, now below.
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