Hi all, hope you had a Merry Christmas. As for me, I am thankful tohave enjoyed a nice Christmas spent in the company of family, and I am likewise looking forward to ringing in the New Year. But for now, it’s time to get back to watches. I’ve got just a few more SIHH previews to share this week, starting with one from ultra-high end watchmaker Richard Mille.
For me, other than the ultra-lightweight RM027 for Rafael Nadal and the golf-course ready RM038 for Bubba Watson, I struggle to appreciate Richard Mille. I think that it is because Richard Mille presents its watches in a very technical and often esoteric manner. I often ask myself Mille’s myriad innovations are really something special, something that really adds to the value of the watch, or just fancy technical jargon intended to selll ultra-expensive watches ($50k+++). While I am sure there is merit in his attention to high tech materials, etc. I wish that Mille would translate their technical innovations into something a bit less arcane, i.e. more tangible and appreciable for laymen such as myself. How about you? If you have any thoughts on Richard Mille I’d love to hear them — drop a comment below.
Anway…here is is the new RM037, featuring Mille’s first in-house movement.
Richard Mille RM037
52mm x 34mm titanium case (red gold, white gold also available), automatic mechanical manufacture Calibre CRMA1 (skeletonized titanium, 50 hrs power reserve)
And for an example of what I referred to above, here is Mille’s description of its new in-house Calibre, the CRMA1:
…the crown has been separated from the watch case, the removal of a winding stem means that there is a minimum risk of damage if the crown receives an impact; the new barrel rotates faster improving performance and precision; new gear teeth on the wheels of the going train result in better transmission of power to the balance wheel; there is a new rotor and new re-worked screws for all the major components – to design a new calibre, the Master Watchmakers at Richard Mille don’t tweak and fiddle with what’s in their spare parts tray, they begin with a blank sheet. All the improvements made have a common goal – a more precise timepiece which is as close to indestructible as possible.