In 1999, Frenchman Richard Mille created what would become one of the most innovative brands in the watch industry when he launched his eponymous company. He began his career at watchmaker Finhor in 1974. When it was bought out in 1981 by Matra, Mille rose to the ranks of company manager using his education in marketing. This company, too, changed hands and was bought by Seiko. When Richard Mille left in 1992 to start a watchmaking division for iconic jeweler Mauboussin, he confirmed that he could successfully develop a watch company. This lead to the businessman striking out on his own venture, and Richard Mille SA came to fruition.
Since launching its first product in 2001, the RM 001, Richard Mille has been in demand around the world by watch aficionados and celebrities looking for unique, quality pieces. The brand's watches stand out not only for their stunning designs and craftsmanship, but their incorporation of cutting edge engineering and technology. Here are 10 of the finest watches designed by Richard Mille.
1. RM 60-01 Regatta Flyback Chronograph
The RM 60-01, also known as the Regatta Flyback Chronograph, is the first navigation technical watch released by Richard Mille. It has an oversized, semi-instantaneous date display, month display, sapphire dial, and a double barrel system for superb performance. The watch is named for the Voiles de Saint-Barth regatta, a boating event that Richard Mille sponsors. Despite the 50mm diameter of its face, being comprised of titanium makes this watch feather light. The price for this vibrant watch starts at $132,260.
2. RM 027 Rafael Nadal Tourbillon
The RM 027 was designed with sports in mind, particularly professional tennis. It's well known for being sported by tennis player Rafael Nadal, a spokesperson for the brand. Not only does the RM 027 look great, it's able to withstand the movement involved in professional sports without missing a beat. It's also lightweight and comes in at less than 20 grams, which is ideal for athletes. Carbon is integrated into the watch's case to make it more resilient, and the glass is anti glare so its face can be seen in any light. A tourbillon powered by titanium and high tech alloys provide flexibility and shock resistance. The value of this Richard Mille watch is $376,000./
3. RM 59-01 Yohan Blake Tourbillon
Richard Mille teamed up with Olympic sprinter Yohan Blake to create the RM 59. The most eye catching thing about this watch is the color palette, which is green, yellow, and red to reflect Blake's Jamaican heritage. Top of the line magnesium, silicon, and aluminum were integrated into the design to make it lightweight, durable, and capable of high performance. There were just 50 RM 59s created, and each has a value of $620,000.
4. RM 008 Felipe Massa
White gold, a leather strap, and sophisticated technology combine to make the RM 008. Th tourbillon is comprised of 85 separate parts, and creating its assembly takes several months -- and that doesn't even include the res of the watch. This watch is named for Formula 1 driver Felipe Massa, who is an ambassador of the brand who Richard Mille allows to test each watch that the brand relieases. This high tech, attractive watch has a price tag of over $850,000.
5. RM 057 Jackie Chan Tourbillon Dragon
In 2012, which was the Year of the Dragon, Richard Mille honored Jackie Chan with the RM 057. This watch incorporates an engraved Chinese dragon into the design -- this is definitely one of Richard Mille's most awesome looking watches. Impeccable precision, titanium bridges, and a flawless design makes this watch one of the best the brand has ever made. It's fitting of Jackie Chan's name, but it doesn't come cheap. Expect to spend over $860,000 for the RM 057.
6. RM 051 Michelle Yeoh RG Phoenix
The RM 051 was created in a collaboration between Richard Mille and actress Michelle Yeoh. The design for this gorgeous women's watch incorporates a gleaming phoenix and dazzling details. The case of the RM 051 is made of white gold and it has diamond embellishments galore. A crocodile strap adds extra flair and style. Just 18 of this limited edition wristwatch were made, and the price tops $900,000.
7. RM 018 Meteorite Watch - $1 million
Legendary jewelry company Boucheron teamed up with Richard Mille to design the RM 018, otherwise known as the Meteorite. "Stunning" doesn't quite capture how incredible this watch looks. This wristwatch is innovative due to its design and engineering, and its tourbillon wheels are made of an actual chondrite meteorite. As one may expect, it's not easy sourcing such a rare material, which is why just 30 of the RM 018 were made. The cost for each is $1 million.
8. RM 52-01 Red Skull - $1,413,040
The RM 52-01 Red Skull is one of the most distinctive watches Richard Mille has made. Indeed, this watch does have a face that depicts a skull with red accents, and it is glorious. It may not be everyone's top pick to wear on a daily basis, but its fine craftsmanship in undeniable. The production of the RM 52-01 was limited to 21 pieces, and each costs over $1.4 million.
9. RM 56 Sapphire - $1.56 million
The Richard Mille RM 56 has a case completely made of made of sapphire. Yes, it looks plastic on first glance, but it's not -- the price tag confirms as much. The strap is made of aerospace grade material, which means the RM 56 could likely survive a trip in space and still look beautiful. Richard Mille pushed the limit on technology and engineering with this model. There were only five RM 56 watches made, and each has a price of $1.56 million.
10. RM 026-1 Panda
The RM 026-1, otherwise known as the Panda watch, is all at once amazing, adorable, and superbly designed. Its face depicts a Giant Panda eating bamboo, and this wristwatch is encrusted with diamonds. Its case is made of 18 karat white and red gold -- how many watches can you think of that incorporate red gold? This is just one reason that the Richard Mille Panda watch is so pricey. There is truly nothing else in the world like it, and its production was limited to 30 pieces. The price for this watch is nearly $1.6 million.
Written by Garrett Parker
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