Richard Mille made the unique-looking RM011 into its flagship piece. With its decidedly over-engineered, skeletonized dial and tonneau shaped case bent in each spatial dimension known to man, the RM011 became the 21st century Quint-Essential Ultimate Luxury Watch — the simple fact that it has since been duplicated across the financial food chain further demonstrates the achievement of the plan. It should go without saying, Richard Mille is smart enough to know that the recognizable layout and stratospheric price tag needs to be accompanied by cutting edge technological innovation — so the RM011, as soon as you see, or even better, wear one, you’ll understand was created in the get-go to be in its own little microcosm, securely guarded away from the competition. Having met the guy several times, a couple of weeks ago at last I could chat with him a little more — perhaps not much about watches but rather branding, ambassadors, partnerships, cars, even athletics (in regard to some of the future plans). What really stood out for me once more was this huge energy radiating from him and kind of magnetically transferring into his audience — he flew in precisely the same night from Taipei into Nürburg (not just a transfer hub) and yet bright and early he was already around, catching up with his colleagues and guests of the event. I am virtually useless, let alone presentable after an intercontinental flight, so I could appreciate his tireless energy and extreme enthusiasm for all the topic even more.
The two Richard Mille RM 67-02 watches weigh just 32g each, which makes them Richard Mille’s lightest automatic watches ever. This can be accomplished due to ultra lightweight materials utilized throughout the watch. The brightly colored shirt and back sections of the case are made out of super light but strong Quartz TPT, as we’ve seen before in watches like this RM 35-02 watch for Rafael Nadal, while the case middle is made out of Carbon TPT. But that’s not all. The screws used to ensure the case are created out of Grade 5 titanium and so are the base plates and bridges used from the movement.It also helps that the RM 67-02’s case is rather petite (for a Richard Mille, at least). Thickness is a scant 7.8mm, which makes it one of Richard Mille’s thinner watches. Water resistance is simply 30m, therefore it needs to have the ability to withstand sweaty athletes – if not much more liquid than that.The two watches are actually identical and only differ in terms of colors, which – even though they might seem similar to flavors of ice cream – reflect the flags of these athletes’ states. The Richard Mille RM 67-02 Sprint, that was made for Wayne van Niekerk, is decorated with the colors of the South African ruler and features a bright green case with yellow accents. On the flip side, the Richard Mille RM 67-02 High Jump, created for Mutaz Essa Barshim, is adorned with the colours of the Qatari flag and features a deep crimson situation with white bands.Powering that the two watches is your caliber CRMA7, a skeletonized self-winding movement that’s made mostly from titanium. The rotor is made from Carbon TPT to reduce weight, however, the endings are made out of white gold to ensure winding efficiency. The movement has an extremely specialized and somewhat industrial look, but it’s actually very highly finished with micro-blasted countertops and anglage, black and gray electro-plasma remedy for your baseplate and bridges, circular finishing on the wheels, and more as is to be anticipated from Richard Mille.
Are we pumped for SIHH 2018 yet? Just like the “holiday shopping season” and beginning around the same time, it seems like the new-product announcements get earlier every year. With still more than a month to go, the 2018 models that we will get to see in Geneva in January have already started coming in. The Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) watch industry trade show, just like its organizing body the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie (FHH), has continued to grow and evolve each year, adding more brands as well as a day where the show is open to the public for the first time in 2017 – this time around, it will be Friday, January 19th, 2018. Now with a total of 35 brands, SIHH 2018 promises even more variety than in previous years.
Based on the angle of perspective, I move from finding the hands ideal to wishing they had 15-20 percent more surface area. The hands are thick, three-dimensional objects and though they are on the smaller side, so I am certain that they are fairly heavy — and micro-rotor moves are seldom big on torque and hence rarely fitted with massive hands.The counter-argument is that this can be just as much a showpiece since it is a watch and because it is still very legible, they decided to leave a little more space for the eyes to see the complex movement, not cover more of it up with much bigger hands.Over the last few weeks that I spent sporting the Richard Mille RM033 a lot, I remember two occasions when I was confused and had to look twice to inform the hands apart; the way they stood on the dial along with how the lights played with, I wasn’t quite sure which one was which. Apart from these two highly memorable moments of my entire life, I discovered legibility to be fantastic.
You already know that SIHH is one of the two most important events for the watch industry, as its exhibitors – while much fewer than at the biggest industry trade show, Baselworld – represent many major and influential brands, and this is the time of year when they introduce their most important new products. Vis-à-vis Baselworld – where around 300 brands represent the breadth of the watch industry from high-end and mainstream to obscure startups – SIHH has always carefully maintained an image of exclusivity and “prestige.”
So, while a few brands do introduce models in the “mid-level luxury” range that the average person might be able to consider saving up for and possibly actually wearing… you can expect a lot of skeletonization, avant-garde designs, artisanal techniques and haute horology finishing, “high complications,” precious materials, and stratospheric prices. Haute horlogerie is in the name, after all. It has largely been a spectator’s show for fans of high-end watchmaking, but with recent industry trends emphasizing more “down-to-earth” (it’s all relative) models, some balance and variety can at least be hoped for.
SIHH 2018’s 35 Exhibiting Brands
My regret (as someone who enjoys bicycles) is that the invention (outside the design — that might be the real winner here) from the opinion is an incremental digital counter that Richard Mille relates to being like an “odometer.” Do not overthink this. Fundamentally you manually enter each mile (or anything you want to rely) on the “horological odometer” and be on your merry way. Richard Mille says for example that cyclists may manually input every mile they rode after the fact. How are they going to learn this? Probably by imitating an electronic device that is recording the quantities of miles traveled — which may keep an eye on this information anyways.Richard Mille no doubt has other (let’s imagine they are nefarious) uses in mind with this particular totalizer complication. Imagine if that were a lookout for hit men or mercenaries to monitor their body counts? Or imagine if something far more mundane occurs and individuals who own one of those rare luxuries will enjoy the rare experience of the exotic fidget spinner allowing you to count as high and pretty much anyone can in one sitting… and then simplifying the total to zero. C’mon, it’s roughly as cathartic as idly spending time on a casual smartphone game.Richard Mille is not ignorant of the fact that the totalizer is not the most exciting innovation in the realm of watches, but they do stress that the upsides suggesting that the rollers align very precisely, that the machine is intended to prevent “accidental manipulations,” along with a lock to ensure overall stability. To put it differently, Richard Mille wants you to be aware that the process of pressing in digit after digit via the instance button is going to feel incredible for all those rickety mechanical button fetishists (we know who we are).
The Richemont Group along with some independent brands long represented the handful of SIHH exhibitors. However, the show’s 2016 edition added a “Carré des Horlogers” section with nine “artisan-creators and independent workshops” and expanded that number in 2017. This year, the Carré des Horlogers brands are up to no fewer than 17, with the primary exhibitors (referred to as “Historic Maisons”) at 18 for a total, again, of 35. The primary exhibitors are joined by Hermes, and the Carré des Horlogers adds five brands with Armin Strom, DeWitt, Ferdinand Berthoud, Élégante by F.P.Journe, and Romain Gauthier. See the full list of exhibitors in the image above.
From a media perspective, Baselworld has tended to spread our resources very thinly in past years with simply too much to cover at once, so with some prominent brands having moved from Baselworld to SIHH, we can hope for some balance between the shows. Around 20,000 visitors are expected this year, and the FHH promises improved facilities and connectivity in order to make our job of bringing you high quality content more efficient – so we’ll see what that’s like in January. That’s just a glimpse into our point of view in preparing for the show.
We’ll continue providing news of new products ahead of the show – if mostly only renders and official product images from the brands with basic information before being able to see the watches in person to photograph and evaluate them in their glorious and gritty reality. SIHH 2018 runs from January 15th to the 19th, and again, the last day is open to the public with tickets on sale at the SIHH website. sihh.org
“Classic and classic” are not terms you’d generally hear from anyone speaking about Richard Mille goods — especially people at the firm itself. Inspired by the doctrine of a whole focus on the performance-over-cost mindset borrowed from different industries like the area of Formula 1 racing, Richard Mille goods are all about pushing the envelope of possibility.Depending about which you ask, that push by Richard Mille seems to be equally in regions of technical mechanics, design, advertising plan, and needless to say, pricing. The specific goal of this watch is on the other hand, being directly attributed to observing the 50th anniversary of Jean Todt’s “career.” More especially, such as many other luxury watches, this item is, in fact, an authentic party trophy for Mr. Todt, his friends, and fans (I wrote here why watches create the best trophies).The party is indeed for Mr. Todt (and Richard Mille) as opposed to the buyers themselves, but it is a tacit reminder by Richard Mille to its customers that “you should make or purchase a watch when you too have such a party to recognize.” It’s well established in the luxury world that customers (no matter their budget level) would be the most motivated to purchase something such as watch when they are seeking to commemorate something.