Richard Mille: RM 67-02 Automatic “SPRINT & HIGH JUMP”24 July 2017
During the next World Championships in Athletics at the Olympic stadium in London, Richard Mille will present to the public the new RM 67-02 Automatico Spint on the wrist of the pluridisciplinary athlete Wayde van Niekerk and the new RM 67-02 Automatico High Jump on the wrist of Mutaz Essa Barshim.
Starting with the desire to create a watch that was so uniquely adapted it was practically a second skin for the athlete, the Richard Mille teams reworked the project of the RM 67-01 “whose lightness, thinness and ergonomics made it a perfect candidate” giving him a new attitude.
Like every Richard Mille sports watch, also the two new RM 67-02 Automatic incorporate the 4 xtensions that contributes to reinforcing the case structure. The case is crafted in Carbon TPT and Quartz TPT, composite materials exclusive to Richard Mille possessing exceptional shock resistance.
The secret of Quartz TPT lies in its layering of silica laments with a maximum diameter of 40 microns. These are assembled by a dedicated machine that modifies the fibres’ orientation by 45° at each layer, then impregnated with three newly developed coloured resins: crimson for the RM 67-02 High Jump associated with Mutaz, who is Qatari, and two “yellow and green” used in the 67-02 Sprint, for Wayde’s native South Africa. The Carbon TPT employed for the caseband is produced according to the same process, but using carbon bres.
The tight, taut lines of the rotor, crafted of Carbon TPT and white gold, the bridges and the DLC- coated grade 5 titanium baseplate of the new in-house extra at CRMA7 calibre sharply underscore the sporty quality of this timepiece.
The going train, optimised by adoption of an involute profiling of gears that produces a 20° angle of pressure, ensures excellent transmission of power to the barrel thanks to its variable-inertia balance, thus guaranteeing constant performance for 50 hours.
With its satin-finished, bevelled hands and sharp lines, the calibre CRMA7 actively conveys a sense of power and strength. The dial, whose lines echo those of the movement, is machined from a sheet of titanium only four tenths of a millimetre thick. Treated with a black DLC coating, it is then painted by hand in the colours of each athlete’s flag.
For superlative wearing enjoyment of the RM 67-02, Richard Mille has equipped these timepieces with their new comfort strap. Entirely seamless and non-slip, the strap is highly elastic, allowing it to perfectly fit the contours of each wrist. As the lightest strap the brand has ever created, it has helped lighten the RM 67-02 to just 32 grams. This makes the RM 67-02 the lightest automatic watch of the Richard Mille collection. (Price €.134.000,00)