RM 031 High Performance
Case : platinum, titanium bezel and screws, sapphire case-back Diameter : 50mm Movement : openworked, mechanical hand-wound, double balance-spring, 36,000 vibrations per hour, double barrel, 50-hour power reserve, Arcap baseplate and gear-train bridges, PVD-coated titanium barrel and balance bridges, Fine Watchmaking finishes Functions : hours, minutes, small seconds, function indicator Dial : sapphire, hour-minute hands and luminescent hour-markers Strap : rubber Water resistance : 50m Limited edition : 10
RM 028 Voiles de St Barth
Case : titanium, unidirectional bezel, sapphire case-back Diameter : 47 mm Movement : openworked, self-winding, variable-geometry rotor, 28,800 vph, 55-hour power reserve, Fine Watchmaking finishes, PVD-coated titanium Functions : hours, minutes, seconds, vertical-display date Dial : sapphire, held by eight silicon braces inserted in the upper and lower grooves Strap : rubber Water resistance : 300 m
The quest for performance is a constant driving factor for Richard Mille. In the case of the RM 031, this concern is taken to extremes, notably thanks to a direct-impulse AP escapement in which the wheel acts directly on the balance oscillating at a rate of 36,000 vph. The transmission of the energy supplied by a double barrel is optimized by gear trains with a specific profile and distinguished by a 20° pressure angle on the teeth. The movement, boasting a sturdy construction such as one would expect from this brand, operates in an environment under argon – a chemically inert gas with a high thermal insulation coefficient. All in all, everything possible has been done to make the RM 031 a truly exceptional chronometer.
The exceptional standards of Richard Mille frequently apply to watches dedicated to sports and specifically designed for those competing at the highest level. The diver’s watches far exceed the demands of the criteria laid down in the ISO 6425 norm, particularly with their water resistance to 300 meters. The new RM 028 comes in a case with integrated lugs and topped by a bezel that is naturally unidirectional and duly stabilized. Composed of three separate parts, it is secured by 22 fluted screws ensuring a perfect fit and optimal tightening torque. A “Les Voiles de Saint Barth” special edition lit up by yellow accents on the bezel, crown and strap, celebrates the watchmaker’s support for this sailing event since 2010.
The annual Caribbean rendezvous is based on a genuine competition concept, and although accessible to all, it attracts some of the world’s most internationally renowned teams. Richard Mille naturally seized the opportunity to become involved as Main Sponsor. The fourth edition, which took place from April 8th to 13th 2013, drew over 60 sailboats competing in six classes, including the first participation of the Jolt 2 skippered by Peter Harrison, CEO of Richard Mille Europe. Les Voiles de Saint-Barth is enjoying remarkable development, and the last edition was unanimously considered to have surpassed those of previous years, on both festive and sporting levels. A dream setting, favorable winds, tactically sophisticated routes and fierce competition among the leaders ensured a breathtaking show throughout the week. In the stellar Maxi Yachts class, the winner was Swan 80 Selene skippered by Wendy Schmidt, who was awarded a commemorative RM 028 watch. The godfather of the year, Jim Swartz, won a grand slam with his TP52 Vesper in the Maxi/Racing class.
When it comes to sport, motor racing is a favorite territory for Richard Mille. The brand draws a great deal of inspiration from racing cars in creating highly sturdy watches ; its roster of partners includes Felipe Massa, Sébastien Loeb and Jean Todt, and it sponsors classic annual or biannual competitions at Le Mans and Pau in France, at Imola in Italy and now also at Spa, Belgium. On May 11th and 12th 2013, the Grand Prix de Pau Historique brought together around 150 vintage cars. The famous race track, one of the last remaining ones to run through a city, along with the one in Monaco, was decked out in Richard Mille colors for the fourth consecutive time. Two weeks later, on May 24th through 26th, Richard Mille served for the first time as Official Partner and Timekeeper for the Spa-Classic raced on the famous Spa-Francorchamps track. On this occasion, the brand launched a new edition of the RM 011, a successful model symbolizing the Richard Mille style with its tonneau-shaped case, its innovative architecture, its high-tech materials and its highly relevant functions. This creation is indeed equipped with a flyback chronograph, a countdown timer and an annual calendar complete with large date. Its self-winding caliber features an exclusive variable-geometry rotor enabling individual wearers to adjust it to match their degree of activity. The RM 011 Spa Classic adopts the event colors with a logo placed at 12 o’clock, a blue-clad outer bezel ring as well as a red and white inner bezel ring and markings. It is issued in a 50-piece limited edition.
RM 011 Spa Classic
Case : microblasted titanium, polished case-middle pillars, DLC-coated pushpiece guards, sapphire case-back Dimensions : 50 x 40 mm Movement : openworked, mechanical self-winding, variable-geometry rotor, 28,800 vibrations per hour, PVD-coated titanium Functions : hours, minutes, small seconds, flyback chronograph, 60-minute countdown, annual calendar Dial : Spa Classic colours Strap : rubber Limited edition : 50 units