Some models use materials that are developed for sails, golf clubs, and Formula 1 racing.
The RM 001 blew the watchmaking world apart when it first debuted twenty years ago. It combined extreme resistance and efficiency with a tonneau case and unorthodox tourbillon movement.
The RM 001 put a hand-grenade up the industry’s backside and signaled a departure from watchmaking conventions. Its groundbreaking development pushed limits in extreme resistance and mechanical complexity. It also sparked a permanent development process that is the hallmark of the brand. Today, Richard Mille’s watches are renowned for their technical and forward-thinking designs. They are crafted with a variety of high-tech materials and can withstand the wear and tear of sports activities.
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From avid collectors to specialised journalists, nobody can ignore the revolution that has taken place in Richard Mille watches over the last decade. While the brand’s tonneau-shaped watches are the most recognisable, even those that deviate from this shape exemplify the philosophy of function dictates form, putting the emphasis on security and precision.
The RM009 Felipe Massa tourbillon watch, developed with the Formula 1 driver for whom it is named, was an extraordinary achievement. At the time, it was the lightest mechanical watch in the world and was able to withstand vibrations, accelerations and decelerations, making it ideal for use on the track.
It features a case made from ALUSIC, an aluminium-silicon alloy previously reserved for use in satellites, and a sapphire bridge that allows the movement to be fully visible. Creating this watch took more than 800 hours of work.
The RM 008 is the ancestor of every chronograph in the RM stable. It features a manual winding tourbillon movement with hours, minutes, seconds, split-seconds chronograph, 30-minute totaliser, power-reserve and function indicators. It also has a carbon nanofibre baseplate. This is a revolutionary material that cannot be milled using conventional machines, as titanium dust will ignite on contact.
It is not easy to make a watch with this type of technology, and it is no wonder that only a small number of these watches were made. However, the result is a stunning timepiece that is worth the price of admission.
Richard Mille’s obsession with mechanics started long before he began his own brand. He used to read Concorde instruction manuals for pleasure, and was particularly interested in motorcars and planes.
When a meteorite crashed through the Richard Mille factory and caused thousands of dollars worth of damage, the company created an ultra-thin tourbillon watch and used the rock fragments to pay for the repairs. This was an early example of the brand’s obsession with technological innovation and commitment to excellence.
The RM 001 was an instant success, and it laid out the foundation for future models. Its design broke with traditional conventions and incorporated concepts and materials from Formula 1 racing cars. It also pioneered extreme shock resistance.
Its use of innovative case and movement components, like quartz TPT and carbon TPT, made it one of the lightest watches on the market. The company continues to link its products with motorsport racing and elite athletes around the world. F1 race car drivers like Mick Schumacher and Lando Norris wear RM watches, and tennis legend Rafael Nadal is often seen wearing his RM 019 Celtic Knot tourbillon chronograph.
The RM 055 is the latest addition to Richard Mille’s line of watches designed in collaboration with golf champion Bubba Watson. Like its predecessors, the RM 038 Tourbillon G-Sensor and RM 38-01 Manual Winding Tourbillon Bubba Watson, the RM 055 is crafted from exceptionally lightweight and strong materials.
Its tonneau-shaped tripartite case features NTPT carbon top and bottom bezels, a crown protector, and a caseband made of blasted titanium. Inside is the skeletonized manual-winding movement RMUL2, which can withstand accelerations of up to 5,000 G’s.
Interestingly, the case is held together by signature titanium spline screws. This material is injected at high pressure with tubes of yttria-stabilized zirconia and alumina to increase rigidity. The movement is also protected by a grade-5 titanium baseplate and bridges coated with PVD and Titalyt.