Haute Complication: Richard Mille RM 38-01 Bubba Watson
Richard Mille is known to now only have celebrity ambassadors, but also work intensely with them together to create watches with unique complications, focussing on their particular sport. This is also the case with the watches that Mille created for golf pro Bubba Watson.
Cyril fully understands the art world, yet he wishes to do things his own way, and he doesn’t like to adhere to the mainstream. So we both are tuned to the exact same wavelength. If you seek out an artist, you have to realise that not each artistic possibility can be executed inside a wristwatch, and not every artist is well prepared to take up certain challenges. In addition, an artist must feel comfortable working with all the limitations, so it requires a lot of energy and time to study, initiate and implement tasks like this one. Kongo took up the struggle and enjoyed it entirely with an excellent outcome. For the first time ever, an artist has moved his world of the tremendously large to the core of a watch movement in a symbiotic way, making it bigger than life, a universe unto itself.Last year that the RM 19-02 Tourbillion Fleur was the showstopper in SIHH 2015, and it was our favorite. Inform us all about this year’s novelties.To receive the fullest information our site is actually the best supply, and we work very hard indeed to keep it absolutely updated and enlightening for this reason. I’d require a whole page to go into every detail of all of the new pieces, but a fast listing in any case would cover the new fountain pen, the S05, made of NTPT carbon using its own retractable nib structure. The fountain pen took nearly four years to research and develop before appearing as a superb, highly technological, one-of-a-kind object.
Not only is Watson a left handed player, but he is also known for his considerably long drives. For Richard Mille, this was the inspiration to fit the RM 38-01 with a G-sensor. This mechanical device registers the amount of G-forces created by the golfer during his swing and records this on the dial at twelve o’clock. For this Mille uses 50 moving parts.
That is however not the only thing that sets the RM 38-01 apart, as it is also fitted with a tourbillon. While this seems not out of the ordinary for a Richard Mille, it is quite unusual for a watch worn at golf to be fitted with this complication. Although you are hitting a relatively small ball, the g-forces and vibration that result from a swing can run havoc on a watch. The fact that Mille is capable of creating not only a watch but also a tourbillon that is robust enough to handle all this is an accomplishment in itself. At the same time, it is also testimony that the development work that Richard Mille does with its sports ambassadors really also pays out horological dividents!
Of course, the movement isn’t the only place where innovation can be found in this Richard Mille, as the case itself is crafted from “Quartz TPT.” This unique compound of mineral quartz with carbon is lightweight and highly durable, making it an almost obvious choice for a watch to be worn by a golf pro such as Bubba Watson. Additionally, the curved tonneau shape of the RM 38-01 also shows off nicely that the Quartz TPT is made out of different layers, which in white offer a subtle detail to this highly complicated and advanced watch.