It is a great opportunity for Richard Mille to experiment with colors and further develop the mythical RM 11 watch collection that helped put the brand on the map. In its advanced form, the RM 11 has the identical helpful movements, but a exotic instance created from Quartz TPT, a material produced in Switzerland and borrowed from functionality vehicles. The material is a dense layering of hundreds of sheets of silica which are mere microns thick for each layer. The blue is merely cosmetic, but it wouldn’t be a Richard Mille with no invigorated dab of color.Richard Mille first released a Quartz TPT-cased wait back in 2015 with the RM 27-02 Rafael Nadal. In that previous article you can learn more about the lightweight, yet very robust and visually interesting substance. It is not as iconic as gold or platinum (but you can not “impregnate” — that is the true term Richard Mille uses — these conventional luxury materials with colors such as blue, black, red, green, yellow, and white as has been done to a range of high-end limited watches by the brand). A brief glance at Richard Mille watches created from Quartz TPT coated on aBlogtoWatch demonstrates the visual variety available — more so, how successful use of exotic and modern materials like this have been to get a new like Richard Mille.Richard Mille himself, and the brand do indeed hang closely with people like Mr. Todt. Section of the honesty in their connection is the thing that makes limited editions like this perhaps more interesting to see fans than those we see from a number of other watch brands where the relationship feels a lot more like simple marketing. This Jean Todt and Richard Mille would like to celebrate Todt’s own life and achievements together makes sense — partly because Mr. Todt himself is the archetype of someone who should be a Richard Mille customer.
I’ve worn the Richard Mille RM035 Rafael Nadal for a few days now. I poked fun at the watch when it was launched, but after experiencing its ethereal lightness I have to admit it is a mighty cool watch.
It is not haute horlogerie, in fact the level of finishing and construction is below par for a watch of this price, but the RM035 is so unorthodox that it is uniquely compelling. Most other watches at this price are either avant-garde horology with funky time display (Urwerk, MB&F et al) or masterpieces of classical watchmaking (Patek, AP etc etc). The RM035 is neither; its sole quality is its lack of weight. It feels like a plastic toy, but it is not – that mental dichotomy is bizarrely appealing.
A full on-the-wrist review will be published in August in “The Peak Selections: Timepieces”. The magazine will be mailed out to the subscribers of The Peak, and will also available for purchase at major newsstands and bookstores in Singapore.