Note as well that this can be “only” that a “lefty watch,” that of course means the RM 70-01 is designed to be worn on your right wrist. This is because the shape ensures that the crown is not likely to poke into your hands. This is especially an issue given the arm and hand position of a fisherman, in which with no design like this, a debilitating crown might be an issue. It remains to be seen just how many people like this view and also happen to be those people who wear watches on their proper, versus left wrist.While I’m not sold on this particular complication having too much of a future, I believe this new case design is going to be redeemed for future Richard Mille watches, and I look forward to trying it on for myself. I think it is a intelligent move for brands such as Richard Mille to courtroom cycling enthusiasts as another rich crossover area where people who also like watches appear to hang out. While we are not seeing car racing-inspired watches going away anytime soon, it sure feels great to find a bit more variety. With this costly buy, Richard Mille would like to make sure that you’ll be in their bicycle club with a “gift” that is a limited edition Colnago C60 street bike (in matte black carbon fiber, of course). The Richard Mille RM 70-01 Alain Prost is a limited edition of 30 pieces, with a cost of $815,500 USD each.To telephone Richard Mille that a “luxury sensation” will most likely be accurate. The super high-end Swiss watch brand probably considers this almost $150,000 timepiece virtually glamorized given its many million-dollar-plus creations — and yet, a lot of why Richard Mille as a watchmaker is popular is within this specific limited edition watch. In a captivating marbled blue and white case produced from Quartz TPT material — the Richard Mille RM 11-03 Jean Todt 50th Anniversary timepiece is a salute to a pal of the brand in addition to proof that even high-luxury can be trendy.
In the eight years since Richard Mille recruited Spanish tennis champion Rafael Nadal as a brand ambassador, the Swiss watchmaker has conceived a string of ultra-light wristwatches for Rafa to wear on court. A year after the US$775,000 RM 27-02 Tourbillon, Richard Mille has announced the RM 35-02.
Like many other Richard Mille watches, the case of the RM 35-02 is made of a high-tech carbon composite – either black NTPT Carbon or Quartz-TPT Red. Made by Swiss materials specialist North Thin Ply Technologies (NTPT), these composites have a distinctive striped surface that’s a result of the layered sheets of carbon inside. Because the blocks of material are machined against the grain, the result is the striking motif on the case.
The case is a largish 49.94mm from top to bottom, and 44.5mm wide. Thickness is 13.15mm. Inside is the calibre RMAL1, a self-winding movement made by Vaucher.
Its bridges and base plate are made of titanium, coated in black and partially open-worked, in typical Richard Mille style. In terms of technical features, the calibre has double barrels (power reserve 55 hours), a free-sprung balance wheel, as well as a rotor with variable winding efficiency (to cater for the wearer’s physical activity; Rafa presumably needs the lowest setting).
The RM 35-02 is priced at approximately US$145,000 or S$200,000.
Correction June 4, 2016: Edited to state movement is made by Vaucher.