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.
Richard Mille RM 61-01 Yohan Blake
Dimensions: 50.23 x 42.70 x 15.84 mm
The case of the RM 61-01 is asymmetric, and features a TZP black ceramic bezel and caseback, with caseband in NTPT carbon (same as the RM 35-01 Rafa I featured in last week’s hands-on report). The crown is also carbon, with yellow Alcryn collar.
Moving inward to the dial, the upper flange is constructed of green anodized aluminum with luminescent hour index markers, the yellow minutes flange is made of varnished titanium.
The caliber RMUL2 is a manual winding skeletonized movement with hours, minutes and seconds. Weight: circa 4.3 g.
With its bold yellow and green color set and integrated beast “claws” spanning the dial, the Richard Mille RM 61-01 Yohan Blake is arguably the most visually striking piece yet from Richard Mille.