STYLE Edit: Richard Mille’s uncompromising vision of fine watchmaking – why the Swiss luxury brand’s timepieces, from the RM 47 Tourbillon Samurai to RM UP-01 Ferrari – are so coveted
Some classic watches from Richard Mille’s history perfectly illustrate the value of this uncompromising commitment to innovation and craftsmanship. The RM 65-01 Automatic Split Seconds Chronograph, first unveiled in 2020, for example, came about at the end of five years of development. The result was Richard Mille’s most complicated ever timepiece, featuring a groundbreaking six-column wheel architecture and vertical coupling, as well as a head-turning addition, the brand’s first in-house rapid-winding mechanism, which allows the barrel to be wound by pressing a pusher at 8 o’clock 125 times.
- Since its founding in 2001, the brand has used techniques from motor racing to aviation – its most complicated watch is the RM 65-01 Automatic Split Seconds Chronograph
- The RM 47 Tourbillon Samurai depicts a warrior, which took 16 hours of engraving and nine hours of hand-painting to create – no wonder the brand’s watches are so exclusive