Richard Mille has unveiled its all new tourbillon watch RM 12-01 tourbillon ($828,000) at an exclusive event at ultra-exclusive golf course, The Bridge, Bridgehampton, New York. It was the third time, three years in a row that Richard Mille will hold its annual event at The Bridge. The Bridge also showcases postwar sports and racing vehicles.
The event saw car collectors from around the world visit the picturesque part of the world to view dozens of priceless vintage cars and the unveiling of the RM 12-01. With just a little over 1, 000 guests in attendance, who were treated to live music, local fine food and drink, had other luxury sponsors like McLaren, Bell Helicopters, Rolls Royce, Richard Mille watches, and others in attendance.
The movement inside the new RM 12-01 is based on Richard Mille’s RM 012 movement, which was introduced first in 2006. It was one of the watchmaker’s earliest achievements, having been constructed just five years after Richard Mille launched the business.
The limited-edition watch comes in four different case colours which are produced from Carbon or Quartz Thin Ply Technology (TPT) offering a lightweight wearing experience as well as a beautiful Damascus steel-style aesthetic of layered planes which make up the TPT material.
The four colours are: black carbon TPT, red quartz TPT, and gold and carbon TPT, they are known for their extreme durability. Each version comes in a limited edition of just 18 pieces for Richard Mille’s loyal fan base right to its exclusivity.
When worn on the wrist, the case is light and sturdy yet the technically interesting. This is not a new concept for Richard Mille, but it continues to look great and age well as a high-end modern timepiece for the ultra-wealthy. It comes in a case that is 39.3mm wide, 13.84mm thick, and has a 48mm lug-to-lug distance with 50m of water resistance. It comes attached to a rubber strap with a titanium buckle.
Furthermore, the RM 12-01 made a grand entry into the watch industry as the first wristwatch with a baseplate and bridge construction made from steel and titanium tubes. For this, it won watchmaking’s top prize at the Grand Prix de l’Horlogerie de Genève for the concept.
The movement is visible through the front of the sapphire crystal case, and its architectural design creates a toughness that results in a resistance to thermal change and corrosive elements. The baseplate was combined with the movement and bridges for visual appeal.
The new RM 12-01 borrows this architecture and the unibody baseplate, but this time the baseplate borrows its aesthetic from the chassis of racing cars. The baseplate supports the grade-5 three-dimensional titanium bridges. The skeletonized bridges flank the great wheel at the top of the watch and the tourbillon located at the bottom. The movement can withstand over 5,000 gs and has 70 hours of power reserve.
The new RM 12-01 timepieces come on a rubber strap with a titanium clasp and will be available exclusively at Richard Mille boutiques in the Americas.
In Nigeria, you can order at Julian’s Luxury, The Wheatbaker Hotel, Ikoyi, Lagos. By Appointment Only. Call 08058092960.