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.
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.
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 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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.