Richard Mille has announced a new partnership with Finnish racing legend Kimi Räikkönen with the launch of a new limited edition watch, the Tourbillon Split-Seconds Chronograph Kimi Räikkönen (aka the RM 50-04)....
Limited to just 30 pieces, the new watch which will be launched at the Singapore Grand Prix this weekend is fittingly designed in the colours of Alfa Romeo of who Richard Mille is a sponsor. The grade 5 titanium dial also contains the number 7, which is worn by Räikkönen while racing on the circuit.
The Calibre RM 50-04 developed for this model is extremely sophisticated incorporating the latest-generation split-seconds mechanism developed by the Richard Mille engineers. Design of a new split-seconds mechanism and extensive research on the work of the split-seconds clamps have permitted a 50% reduction in the chronograph’s energy consumption, while at the same time reducing arbour friction.
The new column wheel operates the different levers of the split-seconds function and optimises the chronograph's operation. While previous Richard Mille chronographs have traditionally featured a wheel with 8 columns, the one equipping the RM 50-04 now only has 6 columns to ensure optimised simultaneous movement, maximal function locking, and greater adjustment durability.
Measuring 44.50 x 49.65 x 16.10 mm, the case is made of Quartz TPT and Carbon TPT. The unique look of the white Quartz TPT material is achieved by interlaying 600 layers of silicon each 45 microns thick and impregnating them with a white matrix before heating them to 120 °C in an autoclave. This process gives the material a very high resistance/weight ratio, non-allergenic properties, and excellent resistance to UV rays.
Richard Mille will be available through their boutiques worldwide priced at approx. $1.063.000, € 965.000