Richard Mille has just released two new additions to their collection, the RM 67-02 Sprint and the RM 67-02 High Jump for two of its newest ambassadors, Olympic medallists Mutaz Essa Barshim and Wayde van Niekerk. Both are based on the 67-01 Extra Flat, which was released back in 2016. The quest for extreme wearer comfort in the RM 67-02 is the driving force behind a new comfort band. No timepiece deserves the name ‘sports watch’ if its strap doesn’t meet the same requirements as its case.
Entirely seamless, the non-slip and hyper elastic qualities of the strap allow it to perfectly fit each wrist by adapting to individual morphology. This strap’s lightness made it possible to bring the weight of the RM 67-02 down to 32 grams, making it the lightest automatic watch in the Richard Mille collection.
The teeth of its gears employ a highly original involute profiling that guarantees optimal transmission of power from the barrel to the variable-inertia balance wheel for the entirety of its 50-hour running time. The lines of the movement are complemented by the dial, which is machined from a sheet of titanium just four tenths of a millimetre thick, then finished with a black DLC coating and painted by hand in colours representing the athlete’s native Qatar.
The brightly colored top and back sections of the case are made out of super light but strong Quartz TPT, while the case middle is made out of Carbon TPT. But that’s not all. The screws used to secure the case are made out of Grade 5 titanium and so are the base plates and bridges used in the movement. The rotor is pierced carbon TPT, which adds to the lightweight nature of the watch; the rim is white gold for better winding efficiency.
For Richard Mille, there is more to life than watches. There are also straps as witness the latest of these, which completes the RM 67-02. For over a decade, Richard Mille partners have amassed a stunning record of performances while wearing their watches, in no small part because these fit like a second skin. Also, the ergonomics and wearer comfort of watches remain a constant concern of the brand.
Since the brand first launched, athletes have been at the heart of research and development efforts. The ergonomics of straps, how they are affixed to the case, and the materials used to make them are all the subject of uncommon scrutiny, ensuring their ability to withstand the most punishing conditions.
At Richard Mille, every aesthetic development is motivated by a particular technical imperative. The RM 67-02 bears witness to the collection’s technical and artistic evolution just as it reflects the day- to-day research and development conducted alongside our sports partners.