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RM 50-04 Tourbillon Split-Seconds Chronograph Kimi Räikkönen

The Singapore Formula 1 Grand Prix is the perfect occasion for Richard Mille to present the RM 50-04 Tourbillon Split-Seconds Chronograph Kimi Räikkönen alongside its partner. The piece pays homage to both this great driver and his team: Alfa Romeo Racing Team, the legendary manufacturer inseparable from car racing.

RM 50-04 Tourbillon Split-Seconds Chronograph Kimi Räikkönen

Richard Mille has supported Alfa Romeo Racing Team since 2018, so Kimi first entered the Richard Mille world when he was signed by the Swiss manufacturer in 2018. Crowned world champion in 2007 after being vice world champion in 2003 and 2005, 39-year-old Kimi Räikkönen is a seasoned veteran on the 2019 stage. At the Singapore Grand Prix, the so-called “Iceman” will have the chance to take his 307th start. Yet further evidence of the driver’s exceptional longevity, who over the course of his 18-year career has made 103 podium finishes, coming first on 21 occasions. Now more focused on the pleasure of driving, he has entirely rethought his approach to Formula 1: ‘From now on, I consider F1 to be a hobby,” confides Kimi. “I no longer feel the same pressure and I can just have fun at the wheel.

That’s what I enjoy doing, even if I’m still concentrated on doing my best to achieve the result that the car deserves.’ Kimi’s legendary reserved disposition, his ability to keep his cool under any circumstances—which earned him his nickname—, his reflexes and his finesse remain just as impressive as ever. Whether astride a motorbike, on hockey skates or on a bike, sport and high-level competition are an integral part of the driver’s life and personality. This all-consuming passion also seems to take him off the beaten track with forays into WRC and NASCAR. Appointed Sports Ambassador in 2017 in Finland, he is currently Finland’s most decorated Formula 1 driver, ahead of the great Mika Häkkinen.

RM 50-04 Tourbillon Split-Seconds Chronograph Kimi Räikkönen

Now he’ll take pride in wearing the RM 50-04 on his wrist. This extremely technical calibre is fitted with a split-seconds chronograph tourbillon and a grade-5 titanium and Carbon TPT® movement that weighs just 7 grams. To combine these complications within a single mechanism required perfect transmission of energy to ensure faultless operation. The need to reduce friction led the research team to improve the profile of the teeth on the barrel and the second wheel pinion. The latter led to an excellent distribution of torque and an optimised output. The combination of the tourbillon escapement and the chronograph paired with the unprecedented fine skeletonisation make this particularly innovative watch the absolute chronograph perfection.

The colours used on the C38 single-seater are showcased on the bezel and case back in white Quartz TPT®. This is achieved by interlaying 600 layers of silicon each 45 microns thick and impregnating them with a white matrix before heating them to 120 °C in an autoclave. This process gives the material a very high resistance/weight ratio, non-allergenic properties, and excellent resistance to UV rays. Developed by North Thin Ply Technology (NTPTTM), the technique is also used on the Carbon TPT® middle, but this time using carbon fibres. Red echoes can also be seen within the movement, particularly on the Carbon TPT® flange, the chronograph counters, and the power-reserve, torque and function indicators. The grade-5 titanium dial also includes the number 7, which is worn by Kimi in competition. The combination of these technical solutions gives this complex piece exceptional resistance, tested in- house with impacts of 5,000 g’s.

This limited edition of just 30 pieces, set to accompany the driver on all his major grands prix, is unveiled on 18 September at an evening event attended by Kimi and the Alfa Romeo Racing Team.

‘We in Finland are known for our “guts” and determination. We even have a word for it – sisu. However, in my sport sisu is not enough. I have to rely on high-performance technology and team-work but most of all, though, there has to be sheer passion! Richard Mille has powered his own engine for years with all three of these,– guts, technological prowess and above all fun. That’s why I am more than happy to be at the wheel with the ground-breaking RM 50-04 on my wrist.`

Richard Mille Boutique London

Richard Mille is delighted to announce the relocation of their London flagship boutique to exquisite new premises in London’s iconic Old Bond Street. This legendary neighbourhood, situated only a few steps away from the Royal Academy of Arts and the most famous of London’s five-star hotels, is host to several of the world’s most exclusive luxury brands. The new boutique, spanning over 300 square metres, makes it three times larger than the previous location, and is sure to make the hearts of Richard Mille clients and collectors beat faster when they visit the metropolis.

Richard Mille Boutique London

Peter Harrison, CEO of Richard Mille Europe, Middle East and Africa comments: “London is a pivotal city for Richard Mille’s local clientele, in addition to its status as a global city that welcomes high numbers of international visitors. For us, the relocation to such a famed area that showcases London’s premiere eminence in the world of luxury is truly a milestone. With our goal of providing clients an ultimate luxury experience, the new premises allow us to increase the boutique’s capacity, thereby offering clientele an increased number of timepieces to choose from”.

Richard Mille Boutique London

Occupying two floors, the new Bond Street location is a perfect showcase for several of Richard Mille’s emblematic boutique features such as Wenge wood parquet, Sophie Mallebranche’s cream wallpaper, and walls in black leather or fractured glass. Immediately as they set foot through the door, visitors will be immersed in a Richard Mille boutique experience with a larger than life RM 008 Tourbillon Chronograph etched into three laser engraved, triple glass panels weighing more than 1,000 pounds in total.

Richard Mille Boutique London

On the ground floor, guests are able to view the on-site watchmaker at work in a glass enclosed, dust free work area. A tonneau shape atrium opens on the lower storey with a view of the VIP lounge, created to offer our clients the ultimately pleasurable and relaxing boutique experience with its well-stocked walk-in wine cellar and cigar cabinet. Other classic cues of the brand include a library containing selected art books by Éditions Cercle d’Art, the Parisian publishing house of Picasso and Braque, under the ownership of the Richard Mille Group.

Richard Mille Boutique London

Passionate Richard Mille owners, collectors and everyone desiring to learn more about the brand will be able to experience a selection of the brand’s finest timepieces, from Ladies’ and Gents’ automatic and complicated timepieces, to sports watches developed specifically in close collaboration with friends of the brand from almost every sport imaginable.

Richard Mille Boutique London

The Richard Mille boutique is located at 4-5 Old Bond Street in Mayfair and is open Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 18:00.

The 20th Rallye des Princesses Richard Mille departed on 1 June for five days of blacktop adventure that wound through all the splendours of the French countryside. A full 1,700 kilometres of pure pleasure for an exceptional event that has become a not-to-be missed gathering of Ladies’ motor racing.

A triumphal ovation awaited the 200 Princesses as the last mechanical roars were heard.

« We could not have imagined a more wonderful week with which to celebrate the 20th year of the Rallye des Princesses Richard Mille. The weather was just perfect, the race was tight up to the finish line, and we have two magnificent winners who perfectly embody what this sporting challenge is all about. It’s a rally for women that has nothing to envy the most famous of men’s events ! » confided Viviane Zaniroli, the rally’s organiser.

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It is an impossible feat turned into achievable, a dream come true. Probably among, if not, the most luxurious pieces in Richard Mille’s line of watches is the Felipe Massa Sapphire Tourbillion Split Seconds Competition Chronograph. The long name makes up for its exciting concept: a perfect sapphire case luxury timepiece packed with a powerful movement and its brand’s signature style. Richard Mille did not hold back in this venture; the company devoted a thousand hours for the creation of each watch in this line, and its efforts paid off—big time.

Sapphire, among the hardest elements on earth, is known to be scratch-resistant, as well as a delicate visual. Crafting a case out of this gem is nothing short of a genius; the brittle material of sapphire needs an artisan’s hand to create angles, curves and cuts before the dramatic complication is installed. Richard Mille conducted three months of testing and research to create a single piece of this lightweight, robust case. The result is made fortified with additional Nitril O-rings and 20 spline screws in grade 5 titanium.

Equal to its stunning exterior is Felipe Massa Sapphire’s inner engineering. The chronograph watch is powered by Calibre RM CC1, a movement which waters down the unnecessary complications to make use of the basic yet essential operations. The chronograph is accessed through its 10 o’clock and 8 o’clock pushers, specifically triggering start and stop functions.

In addition to its hours, minutes and seconds mechanism is its split-seconds capability. It eliminates the initial leap of the chronograph seconds hands, which in turn, reduces the watch’s energy consumption by half. A pusher found at the 4 o’clock position of the watch triggers the start and stop function of the split-seconds hand.

Specifications:
•    Calibre RM CC1 Manual winding tourbillon movement
•    Hours, minutes, seconds, split seconds function
•    70-hour Power Reserve
•    50-metre Water Resistance
•    6-hour revolution fast rotating barrel
•    Function indicators
•    Grade 5 titanium base plate
•    Anti-reflective sapphire crystal case

Due to the overwhelming labour and materials used in this series of the timepiece, there will only be five pieces of Felipe Massa Sapphire available on the market.

The Richard Mille Felipe Massa Sapphire retails at  $1’650’000

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Richard Mille is known for its ground-breaking, high-performance luxury watches, and its recent offering is no exception. The ACJ Tourbillon Split Seconds Chronograph (RM 50-02 ACJ) is a perfect example of what the watchmaker’s aesthetics are all about. Collaborating with Airbus Corporate Jets, Richard Mille stuns haute horlogerie enthusiasts with a unique timepiece that screams of luxury jet setting, reflective of ACJ’s elegantly clad travel planes.

It is a product created by two of the world’s best; a tastefully manufactured watch that merges aspects of aeronautics and clockwork in one device. Making use of high-tech materials–carbon nanofiber, titanium and aluminium lithium lital, Richard Mille engineers this 21st century watch with a brightly coloured design and a powerful tourbillon. A visual flight, RM 50-02 showcases technical prowess in performing chronograph function while eliminating initial jumps during starts and stops.

The whole machinery is housed in a titanium-aluminium case (TiAl), an alloy that possesses features of both ceramic and metals. It performs with extreme endurance yet is lighter than regular alloys. This is the same material used by ACJ in its jet turbine blades.

RM 50-02 features a second bezel in white ceramic, constructed from aluminium oxide powder injected at 2,000-bar pressure. This increases the material’s rigidity by 20% or more, offering scratch-resistance capabilities, as well as a lovely matte finish.

But what set this watch apart from others is its split seconds mechanism, employing less energy use and reducing friction within the movement. The complication glows with bright colours of yellow, orange, green and red, producing a jovial charm atop the very ambitious complication. And just like a car’s dashboard, the watch comes with an indicator for users to view the setting positions whenever the pusher is winded. At 4 o’clock, one can see the symbols W (Winding), N (Neutral) and H (Hands).

Richard Mille has created the movement separated from the component. This promises longevity and precision, as the time setting can be changed without affecting the complication.

Specifications:

Exclusive movement, RM 50-02

70-hour Power Reserve

3 Hz Frequency

37 jewels

GLUCYDUR balance wheel

Nivarox balance spring

KIF Elastor KE 160 B28 shock protection

Chronifer barrel shaft

Sapphire crystal glass dial

There are only 30 pieces of this limited edition timepiece, sold exclusively at Richard Mille boutiques.

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WATCHESPEDIA