Richard Mille is one of the more unique watchmakers in the industry. The brand has established an exceptional following for their avant-garde designs and high complications. Few brands have managed to take the sports watch movement by storm within the realm of high horology complications like split-seconds chronographs and tourbillons, yet RM has reveled in the opportunity to extend these traditional movement architectures into a distinctly modern package. This is the allure of RM and this is the reason they have become a cultural sensation in the last ten years.
The RM 004-V2 was introduced in 2018 as a split-seconds chronograph. The special design makes use of a nanofiber baseplate, visible through the dial and brining a tactical vibe to the timepiece. Split-seconds chronographs are notoriously difficult to execute, yet RM has seamlessly translated the complication to fit within their distinct design language. The piece is finished beautifully in white gold for a sporty yet luxurious vibe.
RM 61-01 Yohan Blake
Within the RM catalog, the 61-01 Yohan Blake is particularly stand-out, in that the piece is asymmetrical in every dimension. Tapering from thin to thick and smaller in dimension to larger, the watch surprisingly conforms to the wrist to add weight wherever it is most comfortable. The movement is suspended within the watch such that the piece is see-through from dial to wrist. This edition was made in tribute to Yohan Blake, a prominent and well decorated Jamaican runner.
Introduced as a tribute to French rally racer Sebastian Ogier, the RM 67-02 Sebastian Ogier is an ultra thin RM piece only 7.5mm thick. Decorated with the French flag color scheme, the watch has a carbon TPT case and blue elastic strap. The bridges are all constructed from grade 5 titanium for strength and lightweight wrist presence. This movement leaves nothing to the imagination, allowing the sheer thinness of the piece to be perceived in a more tangible way.
RM 032 Automatic Flyback Diver
An exception to the classic tonneau-shaped standard from Richard Mille, the RM 032 is a traditional round-faced timepiece. While its shape may suggest a typical watch, the execution and detailing on the piece tell another story entirely. The dial is made from sapphire, allowing a great view of the baseplate of the movement. Red and yellow accents adorn the watch reinforcing the sports aesthetic. This piece has a 150 click unidirectional rotating bezel, allowing the flyback chronograph to serve as a dive watch as well.
The Richard Mille RM 002-V2 was released early on in the brand’s history. As a result, it helped solidify the brand’s positioning while establishing its style within the market. This piece has a tourbillon, visible in classic form at 6 o’clock, framed by a carbon nanofiber baseplate and sapphire dial. As is the case with many RM creations, the sapphire dial has the numerals printed on it, effectively creating a floating dial suspended between the baseplate and the crystal.
RM 63-02 Worldtimer
The world time is one of the most classic complications. Typically paired with dress watches — as in the case of Patek, Lange,etc. — here, Richard Mille has breathed new life into the complication with the RM 63-02, a round timepiece made from titanium, with blue rings displaying the time zones. The whole of the watch is made from grade five titanium, with a titanium clasp, titanium baseplate, and titanium rotor. In spite of its unique positioning, the piece still features many of the hallmarks of the brand, including the sapphire dial we have come to know and love.
RM 67-01 Titanium Extra Flat
The RM 67-01 is one of the milestone breakthroughs for Richard Mille. This piece was the first extra-thin tonneau-shaped timepiece from the brand. In the years since, this has become one of the hallmarks of the brand. The titanium timepiece measures just 7.5mm thick, and feels incredibly light on the wrist as a result of the titanium. Nonetheless, the watch has an incredibly solid presence on the wrist, feeling robust alongside its lightweight demeanor. It’s an interesting combination that can really only be communicated by wearing it.
Finally, the RM 005, considered the brand’s entry level timepiece. Introduced early on in 2004, the RM 005 was the brand’s first in a line of high-end automatic watches. While the complications (time and date) are ostensibly simple, this doesn’t tell the whole story. The baseplate is made from PVD-coated titanium, an incredibly fickle material to handle, since it scuffs incredibly easily. For a brand like RM, which assembles and finishes each of its timepieces by hand like a high horology watchmaking house, and therefore spends extensive time handling the movement, it is exceptionally difficult to prevent that baseplate from getting abraded. This challenge has resulted in an incredibly high rejection rate on the movements. This piece is also quite high-tech in its case design, which employs embedded shock absorbers unlike those found elsewhere.