“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).
Note also the very large crown guards.
With all the play going on in the dial, you might not be admiring the bezel and the back of the RM 61-01, but you should know that they are created from “TZP-N”. This is an ultra-tough black ceramic material with a low density (i.e. it’s light and hard). Composed of 95% Zirconium compound stabilized with Yttrium, TZP-N provides a perfect finish with blasted and yes even a bit of hand-polished anglage (the angles on the edge of the bezel); the caseband is made of the also light and highly resilient NTPT carbon. “Its drawn-out shape between 2 and 5 o’clock stops the crown from rubbing against the sprinter handle,” Mille notes.
The skeletonised RMUL2 movement with 55 hours power reserve is built in grade 5 titanium treated with PVD and Titalyt using a free sprung balance beating at 4Hz.
Lastly, here’s a full spec sheet if you want to nerd out on all the technical stuff Mille puts into his watches: