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SIHH 2013: Richard Mille Yohan Blake Tourbillon RM59-01

by Jonathan Fairfield
24 January, 2013
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Richard Mille Yohan Blake Tourbillon RM59-01

Cast your mind back to the Olympics in London last year when Jamaican sprinter, Yohan Blake, was photographed wearing a Richard Mille timepiece and cautioned for displaying a sponsorship deal during the 100 metre heats. Yesterday (23rd Jan) saw Blake’s latest timepiece, the RM59-01, unveiled at SIHH 2013.

Luxury watch maker Richard Mille is of course well known for producing ‘sports’ watches for the likes of tennis ace Rafael Nadal, American golfer Bubba Watson, and most recently rally driver Sebastien Loeb. Blake has been an ambassador for the brand since July 2012. However, the RM59-01 takes the idea of a ‘sports’ watch to the extreme. Think of ‘innovative’ or ‘pushing the boundaries’ (and that’s being polite) when describing this timepiece, the design of which is sure to divide opinion. It’s not unfair to say that the watch is a little garish, very bold and quite an eye catcher. Subtle it certainly is not!

The RM59-01 is said to be aerodynamically designed especially for a sprinter such as Blake, which is handy if you’re in the business of running 100m races for a living. Its asymmetrical case measures 50mm in diameter and is made from a lightweight composite. The watch features a hand-wound tourbillion movement, which can withstand all the shocks, movements and forces that occur from being pulled through the air on the wrist of someone who can run the 100m in 9.69 seconds.

One of the first things you’ll notice when looking at the watch are the four bridges that span the movement, which are said to evoke the claws of Yohan Blake’s famous ‘beast pose’ that he performs before each race.

Limited to just 50 pieces, the RM59-01 is a new interpretation of the tonneau shaped design previously favoured by the Swiss watch maker. The watch itself is actually quite thick between the positions of 2 and 5 o’clock. This extra thickness is said to prevent the torque limiting crown from rubbing against Blake’s wrist, providing him with extra comfort when wearing the watch.

The RM59-01 is available at an extremely pacy $620,000.

Specifications

Movement: RM59-01 manual winding movement, which beats at 21,600vph and features 19 jewels.

Case: The case is made from a translucent composite material that is composed of injected carbon nanotubes, how fancy. The composite offers protection for shocks and movement and is 200 times more resistant than steel.

Crystal: The watch features an 1800 Vickers sapphire crystal, with both sides being treated with an anti glare coating.

Dimensions: The watch measures in at 50.24 x 42.70 x 15.84mm, with the movement itself measuring 30.50mm x 28.70mm, with a thickness of 5.20mm.

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Jonathan lives and works in Thailand as a writer and English Teacher. He is fanatical about football which makes it all the more strange that he should support Stockport County. In addition to watches, Jonathan has a passion for fitness and nutrition and writes for a blog on the subject.

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