This Throwback Thursday we go not as far back in time as we normally would. Instead, we take a closer look at an icon of more recent making, yet an icon it is. We are talking here about the Richard Mille RM 011. Introduced in 2007, it became not only one of the pillars of the brand, but also broke the mold of high-end sports watches. Now almost a decade in existence it is time to look back at some of the most memorable versions of this watch.
Richard Mille dedicated several watches to Brazilian Formula 1 driver Felipe Massa and among them this Titanium RM 011. Compared to some of the other watches of this model, the watch looks quite sober. What makes the watch stands out among its peers is the titanium bracelet, which was a first for a Richard Mille men’s model. The bracelet alone cost $65.000,- making it the world’s most expensive watch bracelet that is not made from precious metal or set with gemstones.
Highlighting its connection with the world of Formula 1 was the NTPT Lotus F1 Team, dedicated to its driver Romain Grosjean. What makes this watch stand out is not only the layered carbon case but its combination with the red gold and red details on the dial, pushers, and crown. It is high-tech, and beautiful because of this. This has always been one of the strengths of the RM 011: no matter how technical or complicated they get, they remain an object of beauty, even elegance. Key to this is not only the tonneau case but also the eye for detail.
A huge surprise at last year’s SIHH was the Red QTPT version of the RM 011. Limited to 50 pieces and a boutique special, the case of this watch is made out of silicon layers treated with a special red resin, developed exclusively for Richard Mille. The result is a vibrant, red colored watch, which perfectly highlights the details in the dial. This also became the canvas for the astonishing light tourbillon split-second chronograph that Richard Mille launched this year.
Another colorful limited edition is the RM 011 Last Edition. With this watch, Richard Mille celebrated not only all that this model has become in almost a decade but also the departure to a new version of this iconic watch. Its pale blue ceramic case offers a nice contrast with the white and orange details. With this watch, the legacy of the original design of the RM 011 ends. The baton is passed to the new RM 011, featuring a new case, with an updated movement, to continue its journey as a sportive revolutionist.