Richard Mille, since its debut in 2001 has mixed techniques and materials from other sectors where innovation has always been fundamental, we are talking about Formula 1 or the aerospace industry. This concept of the watch of the future paved the way for the development of watchmaking and today Richard Mille boasts a number of world-class innovations.
HISTORY OF THE BRAND
Richard Mille founded his watch brand in 1999 after a long career in the world of luxury watchmaking and jewelry. His vision has always been futuristic and for his brand, he wanted to create something that deviates from everything that was on the market at that time, something not only new but dynamically projected towards the future.
So in 2001, he presented the RM 001 Tourbillon model produced in a first limited series of only 17 pieces. This watch with its ergonomic shapes and unmistakable style immediately conquers the public, thus producing the RM 002 model, an evolution of the previous one enriched with a titanium plate and three indicators: for the winding, for the neutral position, and the hand.
With this premise and with these characteristics, Richard Mille has created not only a brand that has made and continues to make history in the world of watchmaking, but also a new business model that has brought ultra-high-end into the world of high-end watches. It was an unprecedented maneuver and not without bets that in the end turned out to be a winner.
Richard Mille did not throw himself headlong into this venture, because at the age of 53 he already had a long career in the world of luxury watchmaking. So he started from his skills and experience to create a model that had a contemporary approach to watchmaking, characterized by the little consideration of production costs that clearly affected and still affect the final price.
Today, 20 years after the launch of his brand, we can say without a shadow of a doubt that Richard Mille’s dream watch is a winning project that has deservedly placed itself at the top of the luxury watch market, despite the problems it faces. this sector to has had to deal with during the first twenty years of the new millennium.
HOW MUCH DOES A RICHARD MILLE COST?
The cost of a Richard Mille starts from around 60,000 euros for the basic models up to several million euros for the more expensive models.
We have already said that Richard Mille has declared that he wants to create a completely new watch without compromising on production costs, well, precisely with regard to the costs and list prices of his watches we must say that he has not succumbed, on the contrary, it probably went way beyond the expectations of the average luxury watch wearer.
Those who commonly regard Rolex as a status symbol have probably never heard of Richard Mille watches. In fact, we must consider that some watches of this brand cost about the same as a custom-made one. For example, the RM56-02 Sapphire model has a list price of $ 2,000,000. But there are also “cheaper” models and I don’t use quotation marks by chance, because we are talking about figures that start at 80,000 dollars anyway.
Even so considerable price differences between the models depend above all on the materials used, on the individual specific technical characteristics, and on the edition which in any case is always very limited. Some sources quantify Richard Mille’s annual production at around 5,000 units.
At this point, we ask ourselves if it is still appropriate to define them simply as luxury watches, as Richard Mille watches are intended for a range of millionaire customers who can afford to spend this kind of money to buy a watch. So the Richard Mille goes beyond the concept of luxury and enters fully into that of elite watches, a user segment in which there is very little competition.
No wonder then that Richard Mille watches are mainly worn by international music stars such as Jay-Z (who wears a $ 2.5 million Richard Mille), Hollywood actors, or high-profile sportsmen, as, let’s not forget that the Richard Mille models have a design and wearability that makes them perfect even for sports use.
BEST RICHARD MILLE WATCHES LIST
At this point, we just have to go and discover and analyze together the most important Richard Mille watch models. We have therefore formulated a list with those that are in our opinion the most representative watches of the range, emphasizing their distinctive characteristics, such as the materials, the technology used, and the peculiar functions.
So you just have to get comfortable, take some time to read the list, and do a full immersion in the ultra-technological and exclusive world of Richard Mille which, although reserved for an elite niche, is still fascinating for any lover of luxury watches. or in any case of the wide and varied universe of watchmaking. So let’s start with the list of the most important models from the futuristic Richard Mille brand.
RICHARD MILLE RM 40-01 AUTOMATIC WINDING TOURBILLON MCLAREN SPEEDTAIL
This model has as its focal point of inspiration one of the most iconic hypercars in the world, we are talking about the McLaren Speedtail. Touring cars based on the shape of a tear which is defined as the most efficient shape from the point of view of aerodynamics. It is no coincidence that Richard Mille watches are considered “racing machines on the wrist”, so there was no more congenial partnership in the world.
The RM 40-01 boasts a real watch engine that reaches extreme heights of technology and precision. At the heart of this timepiece is titanium 5 which is present in all major components such as the base plate and the rotor core. But what stands out in this model is the CRMT4 caliber which actually launches the charge level indicator. This edition is limited to 106 pieces.
Richard Mille RM 74-01 Automatic Winding Tourbillon
The M 74-01 and RM 74-02 feature two new versions of the automatic tourbillon caliber. Both models stand out for their captivating and iconic aesthetic with an ultra-skeletonized heart. Also in these two “twin” models, we find grade 5 titanium which is actually an alloy made up of 90% grade titanium, 5, 6% aluminum, and 4% vanadium.
This composite metal enhances mechanical properties, but is also corrosion-resistant and helps the gear train run effortlessly. These features make this model widely used in the automotive, aviation, and even aerospace industries. Of particular importance is the variable geometry rotor.
Richard Mille RM 72-01 Automatic Winding Lifestyle Flyback Chronograph
This model maintains all the trappings of the Richard Mille tradition but also reflects the know-how that the company has accumulated over the course of its first 20 years of activity. This process of fusion between the past and the present gave birth to the first Richard Mille chronograph with a patented design.
The RM 72-01 maintains the bi-directional self-winding skeletonized movement with an indication of seconds, hours, minutes, date, flyback chronograph, stop-seconds, and function indicator.
The caliber is CRMC1 and the power reserve reaches around 50 hours. Also in this model, we find the now usual grade 5 titanium typical of Richard Mille watches. Another important feature is the patented mechanism with oscillating pinions that give extraordinary performances.
Richard Mille RM 70-01 Manual Winding Tourbillon Alain Prost
At the beginning of this list, we saw the fruit of the partnership between Richard Mille and motoring giant McLaren. With the RM 70-01 model we remain in the sports field, but this time we immerse ourselves in the world of Formula 1. This model, in fact, is the result of collaboration with Alain Prost.
At the base of the technical and stylistic choices of this model there is comfort, therefore the ergonomic aspect of the timepiece and the utility factor. In fact, the comparison with the famous pilot has highlighted how the pilots have difficulty in calculating the kilometers traveled. Hence the totalizer, a unique instrument of its kind that calculates and keeps track of the total distance traveled in the various cycles.
Richard Mille Richard Mille RM 69 Manual Winding Tourbillon Erotic
Not everyone knows that erotic watches are part of the history of watchmaking. These timepieces, in fact, went against conservative morality, breaking religious and moral customs with a touch of libertinism that was mechanically evoked by suggestive scenes. In the modern version created by Richard Mille in the RM 69 model, eroticism is explicitly recalled by the words that appear on the dial.
As for the technical part, this watch is equipped with a manually wound tourbillon movement, characterized by retractable hours and minutes. Obviously, there is the typical reserve indicator and what is called the oracle, therefore the mechanism that shows the words that express erotic desires. The power reserve stands at around 69 hours. With 505 parts and 41 jewels, this distinctive Richard Mille timepiece always maintains grade 5 titanium as the core material for its components.
Richard Mille RM 67-01 Automatic Winding Extra Flat
This automatic watch is characterized by its extremely flat case and is aimed at a niche looking for timepieces with a strong lifestyle connotation. Given its design, the RM 67-01 represented a real challenge for the manufacturer, this led to extreme skeletonization that still fully respected the sense of depth typical of Richard Mille watches.
This model features a CRMA6 caliber, with a self-winding skeletonized movement. On the dial, we find the function indicator, hours, minutes, and date. The power reserve is approximately 50 hours. The presence of grade 5 titanium blasted with gray electroplasm treatment remains unchanged for the fundamental parts that make up this timepiece.
Richard Mille RM 65-01 Automatic Winding Split-Seconds Chronograph
The result of Richard Mille’s continuous innovative research, the RM 65-01 is a masterpiece of complexity and technical skill. Sporty and designed for everyday use, but also to face any situation, this automatic chronograph is unparalleled in terms of complexity from an aesthetic, technical, and architectural point of view.
The RM 65-01 features a combination of several additional functions. The movement is skeletonized with automatic winding, on the dial we find hours, minutes, seconds, and the date.
Then there is the magnificent split-seconds chronograph with a 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, followed by a 12-hour counter positioned at 9 o’clock, fast and variable winding – geometry rotor and fast winding. The power reserve stands at around 60 hours. Grade 5 titanium, also, in this case, is the master.
Richard Mille RM 58-01 Manual Winding Tourbillon Worldtimer Jean Todt
The RM 58-01 model was inspired by Jean Todt, president of the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) who has traveled to over 130 different countries to promote road safety since he was elected in 2009. Based on this premise Richard Mille wanted to create the travel watch par excellence.
The intent was to offer travelers a tool capable of tracking journeys, with a timepiece that manages time zones by providing accurate local time displays in major cities around the world. This limited edition of 35 pieces features a manually wound tourbillon movement, present on the dial is the inevitable power reserve indicator, the hours, minutes, and the universal time indicator at 24 hours.
Richard Mille RM 52-05 Manual Winding Tourbillon Pharrell Williams
This watch born from the partnership with the musician Pharrell Williams has a strong component linked to the cosmos, a subject very dear to Williams himself, a great Star Trek fan. Richard Mille has therefore managed to evoke the fantasies and visions related to the universe in a timepiece that turns out to be a real artistic project that evokes space with glass inserts and triangular and hexagonal copper inclusions.
The caliber is the RM52-05, the manually wound tourbillon movement with hours and minutes. Grade 5 titanium which is an alloy composed of 90% titanium, 6% aluminum, and 4% vanadium typical of this brand, blends perfectly with the artistic representation incorporated in the heart of the caliber, giving even more that feeling of travel in the cosmos wanted by the artist who inspired it.
Richard Mille RM 35-02 Automatic Winding Rafael Nadal
Inspired by the RM 35-01, the RM 35-02 model adds technical improvements to the previous model, while maintaining its original aesthetics to the advantage only of the use of new materials such as Carbon TPT® and new colors. This evolution of an already much loved and technologically advanced model was born from the request of numerous customers for a self-winding mechanism for the Nadal caliber.
This eye-catching skeleton watch features a self-winding movement with an indication of the hours, minutes, seconds and has a variable geometry rotor. The power reserve is approximately 55 hours, while the base plate and bridges are in wet sandblasted grade 5 titanium, PVD / Titalyt® treated.
Richard Mille RM 12-01 Manual Winding Tourbillon
At the base of this model, there is a reinterpretation of the RM 012 with several innovations from the point of view of construction materials. The RM 12-01 Tourbillon features an uncompromising caliber with a unibody base plate that consists of a one-piece casting of the middle case and base plate. This technological operation represents a very high-profile technical innovation.
The movement of the RM 12-01 is a manually wound tourbillon that marks the hours and minutes. The power reserve stands at around 70 hours. The base plate we talked about is worked in Carbon TPT®, a material formed by several layers of parallel carbon filaments, saturated with a resin, and pressed at 120 ° C.
Richard Mille RM 11-04 Automatic Winding Flyback Chronograph Roberto Mancini
Let’s go back to the world of sport, in particular football with the Roberto Mancini RM 11-04 Automatic Winding Flyback Chronograph. This model has a dial dedicated to monitoring half time, overtime, and overtime. All cleverly combined in an ingenious flyback chronograph display that gives complete mastery of all functions.
The caliber is RMAC3 with self-winding skeletonized movement, the dial indicates the hours, minutes, seconds, the oversize date, the month and then there is the flyback chronograph with the minutes counter and the geometry rotor in the center. variable. The power reserve is approximately 55 hours, but this drops to 45 when the chronograph is used.
Richard Mille RM 11-03Automatic Winding Flyback Chronograph McLaren
Here is another Richard Mille watch model in partnership with the McLaren automaker. It could not be otherwise as Richard Mille’s concept of a watch fits perfectly with that of a formula 1 car for McLaren Automotive which aims to always incorporate the latest technological developments into its cars.
The RM 11-03 Automatic Flyback Chronograph McLaren is the first timepiece presented by the two brands at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show. It is a limited edition of 500 that McLaren customers have the opportunity to combine. to the edition number from 1 to 500 of the McLaren Ultimate Series by means of the caseback number.
Richard Mille RM 003-V2 Manual Winding Tourbillon Dual Time Zone
This model was designed to showcase all the magnificence of Richard Mille’s watchmaking architecture. This was achieved by eliminating the traditional opaque dial and applying a transparent sapphire crystal from which the inside of the watch can be admired. All this substantially increases the three-dimensional effect.
The caliber is RM003-V2, the movement is a manually wound tourbillon with an hour, minute, and second-time zone indicator. In addition, we find the function selector, the power reserve indicator, and the torque indicators. The power reserve lasts about 70 hours, the base plate is made of anisotropic composite material made up of carbon nanofibers.
Richard Mille BONBON Automatic Winding Calibers Collection
The Richard Mille Bonbon collection includes 10 models each in a limited edition of 20 pieces. It is a line of watches that draws its style from the world of candy, sweets, and fruit. It’s a clear reinterpretation of childhood with a touch of maturity, of course. Overall, the collection has an artistic touch that once again disrupts the conventions of the world of watchmaking.
The basis of this project starts from three models as RM 07-03, RM 16-01, and RM 37-01 which figuratively represent the jar that opens onto a world made of candies and sweets, thus revealing the sweet side of watchmaking. For this collection, Richard Mille has selected a new colored ceramic for the bezel and back. The catch is in red gold with gems set, including citrine stones, pink sapphires, and tsavorites.
Richard Mille RM 71-02 Automatic Winding Tourbillon Talisman
RM 71-02 Automatic Tourbillon Talisman is characterized by a whirlwind of colored stones and is at the same time as glamorous and wild as the culture of the 70s that inspired it and which it fully reflects. The lights, the sound, and the colors of that era are evoked in every detail desired by the artistic director of the project Cécile Guenat.
With 941 stones including rubies, hematite, pink opal, tsavorites, and pink sapphires, and 4.96 carats, this watch is a real wrist jewel that does not neglect the efficiency and technology typical of this brand. The movement is a self-winding tourbillon, on the dial we find the indication of the hours and minutes, and the rotor has a variable geometry. There are 10 models, very limited to only 7 pieces each.
Richard Mille RM 51-02 Manual Winding Tourbillon Diamond Twister
Always remaining in the context of high jewelry we find the RM 51-02 Manual Winding Tourbillon Diamond Twister model which is based on the splendid shape of a twisted spiral that reflects the famous golden number or harmonic proportion present in many natural forms. This is made up of 14 rays with a diamond set which are also reminiscent of a fireworks display.
The caliber of this watch particularly suitable for women is RM51-02, the movement is a manually wound tourbillon. The timepiece indicates the hours and minutes and also the power reserve indicator which has a duration of approximately 48 hours.
Richard Mille RM 016 Automatic Winding Extra Flat
The RM 016 Automatic Winding Extra Flat model is considered by the same manufacturer to be a real exercise in style that has involved the makers not a little, in fact, it boasts a rectangular shape that nevertheless does not differ from the distinctive features of the brand. The case is extra-flat which marked a turning point for Richard Mille and gave life to this model which has several very attractive variations.
The caliber is the RMAS7, skeletonized with automatic winding. The clock marks the hours, minutes, dates and features a rotor with variable geometry. The power reserve is around 55 hours, the plate and bridges are grade 5 titan now a must for Richard Mille watches.
This elegant watch is completely dedicated to the female world that shows a lot of interest in wristwatches and this model is the maximum expression of elegance and mechanics that come together in a brilliant model for its sensual and sinuous lines, but also for its perfection. mechanics. The dial stands out which is a whirlwind of set precious stones, while the tonneau-shaped case is the smallest in the collection.
The caliber is CRMA2, while the automatic movement is highly skeletonized and developed specifically for this model. Lightweight and robust, the RM 07-01 is based on Carbon TPT® which impeccably protects the movement. A further peculiarity of this model is the damask motifs that make every single piece unique.
RICHARD MILLE USED
How to buy a used Richard Mille? This question may seem obvious, but given the exclusivity of these watches, actually getting a used piece may not be as easy as in the case of other brands. In this regard, the same Swiss company has created the Certified Pre-Owned program which allows you to purchase Richard Mille watches through a series of authorized dealers.
Given the high cost of these watches, especially for the second-hand market, it is a very important factor that the company itself guarantees the truthfulness and general conditions of the pieces offered for sale, which, however, should not cause perplexity as it is Richard Mille herself who refurbishes used watches through a network of watchmakers trained in their manufacturing company.
These skilled professionals are the only ones capable of subjecting watches to quality, repair, and refurbishment checks before being put on sale. The operation, of course, is accompanied by a booklet and a certificate of authenticity, and an international guarantee of 24 months.
Therefore, buying a Richard Mille Pre-owned watch becomes a safe operation thanks to this network of authorized points of sale and watchmakers. In addition, the search for the same watches is facilitated by the use of the online platform made available to users on the official Richard Mille website. For this reason, if you intend to buy one of these splendid used watches, you just have to visit the Richarmille.com site in the Pre Owned section and look for the nearest authorized boutique.
WHERE TO BUY A RICHARD MILLE
We arrive at a crucial point in our journey into the world of Richard Mille watches. A question that some of you may be asking is: where to buy Richard Mille watches in Italy? Well as far as our country is concerned, there is a single official dealer of this brand which is located in Milan, precisely in Via Della Spiga 17.
In addition to this official dealer, the only way to get a Richard Mille in Italy is to turn to the secondary market, therefore to those retailers who, although not Richard Mille points of sale, are still part of the circuit for the resale of these watches. luxury.
Some watchmakers also present on the web sometimes have Richard Mille watches in their catalog which obviously, given the cost, are not sold in e-commerce mode, but through direct contact with retailers. Clearly, the point of reference for making safe purchases in the secondary market for used or new is always the parent company that can verify the effective authorization for the sale of its watches.
As we said in the previous paragraph regarding Pre Owned, the Richard Mille company is very careful in assisting buyers when they intend to buy a model also used, to always guarantee maximum safety and quality. This care in traceability and assistance is very reminiscent of what happens in the automotive field for custom-built cars. In fact, Richard Mille joins the famous super-car brands. After all, these watches are custom-made wristwatches.
We have traced a very in-depth overview of the world of Richard Mille watches and it is not difficult to understand that with this brand we enter a niche that goes far beyond the simple sphere of luxury watches. The prices are stellar and for the most part, the buyers are stars that shine in the world of entertainment or sport, however, the more “economic” models can also represent a good form of investment for those who have quite high funds to invest in this sector. .
Richard Mille watches are at the top of the luxury watch rankings, but there is no shortage of criticism from some aficionados who consider this elite range to be excessive. Surely Richard Mille is a brand that divides, there are those who love these watches and those who hate them. Difficult to find a middle ground in opinions. What is certain is that Richard Mille’s timepieces with their unmistakable style do not leave the observer indifferent.
For most, these watches remain a dream, others declare that they can do without them, preferring models of a completely different kind, but in any case it must be admitted that Richard Mille has brought huge innovation to the world of watchmaking, even considering that they are only 20 years that has been on the market.
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