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Formula 1 legend Alain Prost joins forces with Richard Mille to create the limited edition RM 70-01 TOURBILLON ALAIN PROST.

PUBLISHED : Friday, 08 December, 2017, 9:54am
UPDATED : Friday, 08 December, 2017, 9:54am

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There are only 30 pieces of RM 70-01 TOURBILLON ALAIN PROST in the world and each is a technical masterpiece made to work with every aspect of cycling.

The collaboration between Richard Mille and the four-time Formula 1 World Champion, co-founder of the Renault e.dams cycling team is founded on mutual admiration and their shared interest in cycling provided the impetus for the creation of this marvellous watch. Much like the aeronautics and automotive industries, where Richard Mille takes inspiration for R&D in watchmaking, cycling is also constantly evolving from a technical perspective. The new RM70-01 calibre tourbillon, featuring an unprecedented odometer, is the result of this much anticipated collaboration.

Richard Mille had an interesting discovery after extensive discussions with Alain Prost and other cyclists. It turned out that many of them could not track how many kilometres they had ridden in the season. The RM 70-01’s never-before-seen totaliser remedies this by simply displaying the overall distance travelled. The pusher at 2 o’clock can select any of the five rollers of the odometer, whose readout is visible in a titanium window. Once a roller selected, pressing the pusher located at 10 o’clock advances the roller by one. The only effort required of the user is to add the day’s distance to the previous total.

The mechanical odometer can tally distances of up to 99,999 kilometres, and also serve as a reminder by setting specific dates or times.

This beautiful simplicity belies the complicated mechanism behind it. The first pusher activates selection of a roller, one of the five. Execution is confirmed by perfect alignment of the two yellow arrows. The second pusher incrementally rotates the roller, which automatically blocks, thanks to the carry mechanism. To avoid accidental manipulations, the complication has been fitted with a neutral position (N). Thanks to a spring-lock, the selection fork will be lined up straight, with an arrow at 2 o’clock pointing to N as visual confirmation that the mechanism is locked.

The rigours of the sport of cycling are addressed directly. Equipped with a 70-hour power-reserve, visible at 5 o’clock thanks to an indicator powered by a planetary differential, this manual winding tourbillon calibre sports a baseplate and bridges in grade 5 titanium. Titanium’s extreme stiffness enables the calibre to withstand the roughest of trails.

Appearance wise, nods to the realm of cycling abound, from the titanium Allen screws that fix the bridges, to the barrel ratchet, which recalls the design of forged wheel spokes, to say nothing of the tourbillon cage and dynamometric crown, evocative of a bicycle’s pedal.

The beautifully finished movement possesses tremendous, almost vertiginous depth. Both its vertical architecture—which lines up the barrel and tourbillon along a single axis—and its compact size were essential because of how much space the odometer occupies within the case.

And what a case it is! Machined out of Carbon TPT®, it perfectly combines tonneau, rectangular and asymmetrical shapes. Taut and curved, its unique lines not only ensure the greatest possible comfort when worn on the right wrist, but also optimised legibility of the time when gripping a cycle’s handlebars. As always at Richard Mille, function dictates form.

In order that they may fully enjoy the dynamic and mechanical qualities of the RM 70-01, each buyer will receive a bespoke road cycle as a gift. Developed by Alain Prost and Richard Mille in partnership with the prestigious Italian bike maker Colnago, these individually numbered bicycles are made by hand and painted in Richard Mille colours.