Richard Mille’s alliance with American Golfer Bubba Watson looks more prescient than ever as the long-driving, self-taught golf phenom won his second Masters (and Major) this past Sunday. In 2010 when Richard Mille signed him to an athlete-ambassador, Bubba was relatively unknown, having won only 1 PGA Tour event after four years on the Tour. Of course it all started with the limited RM 038 Golfer’s Tourbillon released in 2011, and as usual the sight of a peculiarly styled watch on the wrist of Bubba Watson during match play did not take long to make its way into the sports headlines.
This time around, Richard Mille has undertaken the development of yet another specific tourbillon watch for Bubba Watson with added functionality to complement his powerful drives on the course. The new RM 38-01 Bubba Watson includes Mille’s patented G-sensor along with a tourbillon mechanism, thus providing new insights for Watson during his game. The Richard Mille mechanical G-sensor, a Richard Mille world first in 2012, contains more than 50 moving parts within a mere 17mm and allows the user to see the accumulated motion of their swing in G’s.
Perpetuelle presents the 2014 Richard Mille collection. Click any image below to see full details, images and more on each watch. Note: Mille introduced a few ladies’ watches — these are not currently included.
The last piece of the 2014 Mille lineup (aside from the women’s pieces) is a bit more whimsical and a bit less functional. The automatic caliber RM 63-01 Dizzy Hands is somewhat along the lines of a Frank Muller “Crazy Hours” or Hublot’s Key of Time (La Clef du Temps) which allows the user to speed up or slow down how fast time passes on the watch. Read on and I’ll tell you how it works.
by Kyle Stults on January 22, 2014
With the RM 60-01 Regatta Flyback Chronograph, Richard Mille presents his first technical nautical watch. Set in a 50mm titanium case and powered by the grade 5 titanium RMAC2 caliber with its 55 hours of power reserve, variable inertia balance, complete flyback chronograph functions, annual calendar with oversize date and UTC function, the RM 60-01 adds navigational capabilities thanks to its special rotating bezel with indications of the four cardinal points combined with a graduated 360° and a 24-hour scale disk.
by Kyle Stults on January 22, 2014
Richard Mille Watches became the official partner the Lotus F1 Team last year and this watch is a natural extension of that sponsorship. The RM 50-01 is named especially for one of the Lotus F1 Team drivers, Romain Grosjean, for whom Richard Mille created this new tourbillon driven timepiece. I’ve gotta say that Mille really nailed the look of the RM 50-01 — it is well aligned with the Lotus F1 Team colors and car. This watch shares elements of both the RM 35-01 Rafael Nadal (case material) and the RM 36-01 Sebastien Loeb (G-force sensor), but in a look and execution all its own. Let’s take a closer look below.
by Kyle Stults on January 22, 2014
“The Beast” 2…first look…
The RM 61-01 Yohan Blake takes all of its cues from the RM 59-01 tourbillon launched last year for the Olympic medalist and 2nd fastest man over 100m and 200m…who be named Yohan “The Beast” Blake (by the way, live Olympic shots here & here). Anywhoo…most prominent on this watch are the green flying bridges — however, there are only 2 of them woven into the front of the movement, as opposed to 4 both front and back on the original RM59-01. The bridges are anodized and painted by hand, bringing to mind the colors of Blake’s Jamaican homeland and of course a visual metaphor of his nickname. The case is definitely not as intriguing as the translucent composite aka algae green case of last year, but it works (more on that below).
by Kyle Stults on January 21, 2014
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.
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This new hand-wound, Rafael Nadal-inspired watch from haute watchmaker Richard Mille combines the spirit of the legendary RM 027 (Rafa’s first watch from Mille) with a carbon case manufactured using the NTPT ® technology recently developed by Richard Mille.
The NTPT carbon case (announced by RM October 2013) consists of several layers of parallel filaments of carbon of a thickness of 30 microns, then impregnated with a resin stacked on a specific machine which modifies the fiber orientation of 45 ° between two layers. This technology provides not only housing exceptional rigidity in all directions but also gives each case a unique identity through the undulating shapes and random visual identity that emerge slowly during milling and finishing of carbon on the surface of the steel damask.
The Calibre RMUL3 is a skeleton manual winding movement with hours, minutes, & seconds. RMUL3 provides exceptional resistance to impacts through the use of titanium grade 5 black PVD throughout the movement; Mille subjects it to extensive testing under extreme conditions, including higher impacts than 5000 G. The movement weights a mere 4 grams.
Other Richard Mille design technologies such as the variable inertia balance and titanium spline screws in titanium are also present in this watch.
Price? Somewhere in the range of astronomical.
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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