Richard Mille : After years of technical achievements, …

RM60-01 Les Voiles de St. Barth

Case : titanium, 360° navigation wind rose titanium bezel with double 24-hour scale, upper and lower anti-reflective sapphire crystals, double-locking crown Diameter : 50 x 16.33mm Movement : RMAC2, self-winding chronograph flyback movement with column wheel, annual calendar with oversize date and month, UTC, 60-minute countdown, baseplate and bridges made of titanium Dial : sapphire, carbon fibre flange Strap : rubber with titanium pin buckle Limited edition of 50 pieces


Tourbillon RM 27-02 Rafael Nadal

Case : NTPT carbon/TPT quartz, upper anti-reflective sapphire crystal, torque-limiting crown Diameter : 47.77 x 39.70mm  Movement : RM27-02, skeletonized ultralight manual winding movement with one-minute tourbillon, unibody baseplate made of NTPT carbon, total weight of 3.35 g Dial : sapphire, carbon nanotube flange Strap : velcro strap Limited edition of 50 pieces

New materials, new records, new styles, Richard Mille’s approach to watchmaking is broader and sharper than ever. It is now combining extreme watchmaking with a new realm, that of ladies’ complications.


Richard Mille’s point of view is that watchmaking must be constantly challenged, both technically and artistically. The RM 27-02 is a new, uncompromising caliber that reinterprets the methods of watch design. While emblematic Richard Mille partner Rafael Nadal vied for his tenth title at the 2015 French Open, the brand unveiled this manual winding tourbillon caliber dedicated to tennis. Following research into NTPT carbon, a material with unique mechanical properties, the brand exhibited the first skeletonized unibody baseplate, in which the caseband and baseplate are but a single piece. This structure, inspired by the chassis of racing cars, enhances rigidity and resistance to impacts.


On clay

The baseplate supports bridges in grade 5 titanium with a highly original three-dimensional construction and complex titanium and carbon composition. The movement weighs a mere 3.35 grams. Also used in the RM 27-02, Richard Mille’s engineers have developed a new, original material known as TPT quartz, composed of hundreds of layers of quartz filaments. These fibers possess extreme strength and are inserted between layers of NTPT carbon. The result is, like all Rafael Nadal timepieces, fabulously light. The player himself will carry out the ultimate approval test by wearing the RM27-02 on the court, Richard Mille’s usual trial by fire.


RM61-01 Yohan Blake Limited Edition 

Case : TZP black ceramic and NTPT carbon, upper and lower anti-reflective sapphire crystals, torque-limiting crown Diameter : 50.23 x 42.70mm Movement : RMUL2, ultralight skeletonized manual winding movement, bridges and baseplate made of grade 5 titanium, total weight of 4.3g Dial : sapphire, anodized aluminium flange Strap : rubber with pin buckle Limited edition of 100 pieces


RM19-02 Tourbillon Fleur

Case : white gold set with diamonds, upper and lower anti-reflective sapphire crystals, torque-limiting crown  Diameter : 45.40 x 38.30mm  Movement : RM19-02, manual winding movement with flying tourbillon set with precious stones and flower automaton mechanism, baseplate and bridges made in grade 5 titanium Dial : sapphire, carbon nanotube flange  Strap : on demand Limited edition of 30 pieces


In line

Such demanding conditions are also met by the new RM 61-01 Yohan Blake Limited Edition. A monochromatic evolution of the model dedicated to the Olympic medallist and 2nd fastest man over 100m and 200m, it boasts the RMUL2 caliber. With its skeletonized titanium structure treated with black PVD coating, it provides maximum performance. Its case is made of TZP-N, an ultra-tough black ceramic combining extreme resistance to scratches with low thermal conductivity, and NTPT carbon for the caseband. Richard Mille has aimed for exceptional impact resistance, with validation testing carried out in excess of 5,000 Gs. In this new black livery, the RM 61-01 looks even sharper, just like its inspirer, also known as “The Beast”.


Under the sun 

In another field, the sixth edition the Caribbean’s finest sailing race, Les Voiles de Saint Barth 2015, took place in April 2015. Over 1,000 yachtsmen and women of 20 different nationalities, including Loïc Peyron and Terry Hutchinson, competed during a week of racing in an electric atmosphere. A principal partner since its inception, Richard Mille took the opportunity to unveil a special series of the RM 60-01 Regatta Flyback Chronograph, bedecked in competition colours. The timepiece is driven by the RMAC2 automatic flyback chronograph caliber. Designed for competitive sailing, it features UTC functions and a countdown timer as well as a patented locking crown.


In bloom

This idea of recreating life using mechanical means is almost as old as mechanics. In the 18th century, exquisite miniature animal, insect and flower automata were created to amuse and delight royal patrons around the globe. The new RM 19-02 Tourbillon Fleur epitomizes this tradition in a vibrant expression of watchmaking. At the lower left of the dial on the RM 19-02, a magnolia surrounds a flying tourbillon (Richard Mille’s first ever) with five delicate, hand-made and -coloured petals. Working either in passing or on demand, the flower opens and closes in a delicate ballet. While it opens, the entire tourbillon moves upwards 1mm, as if surging to increase its chances of pollination. Attention to details such as these exemplify the Richard Mille approach to watchmaking artistry and technical sophistication.


Available on the RM07-01 and other ladies models, the brand-new band is shaped like a chain bracelet


RM 51-02 Diamond Twister

Case : white gold set with diamonds, upper and lower anti-reflective sapphire crystals, torque-limiting crown Diameter : 47.95 x 39.70 mm Movement : RM51-02, manual winding tourbillon movement  and power reserve indicator (48 hours), baseplate made of onyx, bridges made of titanium Dial : sapphire, white gold grid set with diamonds Strap : on demand Limited edition of 30 pieces


Made of gold, enhanced by myriads of diamonds or delicate details, Richard Mille’s ladies collections are richer than ever, and as glamorous as they are technical

The RM 51-02 Diamond Twister is a high jewelry tourbillon that takes its cue from the swirling form of a twisting spiral, a shape found in many organic forms in Nature. The spray of diamonds emanating in fourteen rays from the tourbillon at 6 o’clock can also be associated with the vortex of the Milky Way or a whirlwind (the English translation of the French word tourbillon). Each spiral ray of the RM 51-02 is perfectly set with a single row of diamonds. The case is set with white diamonds, to which black sapphires have been added to sharpen case details, and is fitted with an alligator strap. For ladies in search of a metallic bracelet, Richard Mille has launched a brand new band associated with its quintessentially feminine model, the RM07-01. Shaped like a chain bracelet, it is a vibrant expression of Richard Mille’s dedication to artistic expression in watchmaking, and to femininity.

Brice Lechevalier is editor-in-chief of GMT and Skippers, which he co-founded in 2000 and 2001 respectively. He has also been CEO of WorldTempus since it joined the GMT Publishing stable, of which he is director and joint shareholder. In 2012 he created the Geneva Watch Tour, and he has been an advisor to the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève since 2011. Also closely involved in sailing, he has published the magazine of the Société Nautique de Genève since 2003, and was one of the founders of the SUI Sailing Awards in 2009 and the Concours d’Elégance for motor boats at the Cannes Yachting Festival in 2015.

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