Richard Mille. An 18k White Gold Wristwatch with Date
No. AF WG/1xxx
Cal. RM-005 automatic movement with bridges plates and balance cock in titanium, 32 jewels, openworked dial with Arabic numerals, center seconds, date display at 7 o’clock, three-part white gold case, transparent back secured by four screws, white gold RM buckle, case, dial, and movement signed
45mm x 38mm
Accompanied by Richard Mille presentation box, certificate, product literature, outer packaging
Richard Mille started with the jewelry brand Mauboussin in 1993, leaving the company to start his own watch brand in 1999. Fascinated by techniques and how machines work, Mille envisioned a brand that would be highly technical and not commercial. Mille also wanted to incorporate watch-making traditions and creativity into the technical expertise, a decision that made his brand successful and appealing.
Mille’s interest with cars and racing led him to apply the techniques used for designing cars to designing his watches – in particular cases and movements that could withstand shocks and vibrations while maintaining performance. These technical developments have become a tenant of Mille’s watches and have led to use of alternative materials (such as titanium, ceramic, and carbon fiber) not only for the cases, but for movements as well.
While not a watchmaker, Mille has very specific ideas about the design of his watches and how to mesh the design with the technicalities and durability. Consequently, his watches have found their place on the wrists of collectors, who appreciate that these watches were made for everything from every day wear to playing sports.
The RM005 was the brand’s first 3-hand watch without a tourbillon. It features a winding rotor that is unique to Richard Mille, and allows the winding to be adapted to the user’s activity. If the arm is moving slowly, the rotor’s inertia speeds up the winding process, and reduces it when the arms are moving faster. In many ways, Richard Mille’s watches have revolutionized the watch industry, pushing technical innovation year after year. The RM005 is incredibly advanced for a time and date watch, with the unique winding rotor, use of titanium in the movement, and moreover is aesthetically appealing.