Richard Mille has close ties with many of the world’s top athletes. As the 2017 World Athletics Championships will be held in London in early August, Richard Mille announced the launch of two special watches for its two newest ambassadors, Olympic medalists Mutaz Essa Barshim and Wayde van Niekerk. These new watches are called Richard Mille RM 67-02 High Jump and RM 67-02 Sprint, which represent athletes’ events.
Before we talk about watches, it is necessary to talk about Richard Mille’s latest spokesperson. Mutaz Essa Barshim is a Qatar high jump expert. He currently holds the national high jump record and the Asian high jump record with the highest score of 2.43 meters. He won the silver medal at the 2016 Olympics. On the other hand, Wayde van Niekerk is from South Africa and is currently the 400-meter world record holder, world champion and Olympic champion. He also maintains the best 300m performance in the world. Not only that, he is the only sprinter in history who has run 100 meters in less than 10 seconds, 200 meters in less than 20 seconds, 300 meters in less than 31 seconds, and 400 meters in less than 44 meters.
Certainly impressive athletes, but certainly also impressive are the new Richard Mille RM 67-02 Sprint and High Jump watches. RM 67-02 is based on the early Richard Mille RM 67-01 (hands-on here), and it can be said to be a sports version. The movements of the two RM 67-02 watches are the same as the RM 67-01, but the cases are different, and are designed for these two athletes.
The two Richard Mille RM 67-02 watches each weigh only 32 grams, which makes them the lightest automatic watches Richard Mille has ever made. This is due to the ultra-light materials used throughout the watch. The brightly colored top and back parts of the case are made of ultra-light but strong quartz TPT, as we have seen in watches before, such as this RM 35-02 watch designed for Rafael Nadal, and the middle part of the case By Carbon TPT. But that’s not all. The screws used to fix the case are made of grade 5 titanium, as are the bottom plates and bridges used in the movement.
The case of the RM 67-02 is quite small (at least for Richard Mille) and it helps. The case diameter is 38.7 mm, and the ear-to-ear diameter is 47.5 mm. The thickness is only 7.8 mm, making it one of Richard Mille’s thinnest watches. Water resistance is only 30m, so it should be able to withstand sweating athletes-if not much more than that.
The two watches are actually the same, only in different colors. Although they look more like ice cream, they represent the national flag of the athlete’s country. Richard Mille RM 67-02 Sprint is exclusively for Wayne van Niekerk. It is decorated in the colors of the South African flag and comes with a bright green case with a yellow hue. On the other hand, the Richard Mille RM 67-02 High Jump made for Mutaz Essa Barshim is decorated in the colors of the Qatar flag and comes with a dark red case with white stripes.
Powering these two best quality replica watches is the CRMA7 movement, which is a skeletonized self-winding movement mainly made of titanium. The rotor is made of carbon TPT to reduce weight, but the end is made of platinum to ensure winding efficiency. The movement has a very technical and somewhat industrial appearance, but the sink and angles are actually micro-sandblasted, the gray and black plasma treatment of the bottom plate and bridge, the round surface treatment on the wheels, etc. are expected to come from Richard M. Le.
One of the interesting aspects of Richard Mille’s connection with top athletes is that, as in the case of the famous Rafael Nadal, part of the transaction was wearing watches during actual sporting events, which made them withstand the unusual The durability test. This is even more striking considering the average price of Richard Mille watches, and these two new watches continue this tradition. The overall shape is bright and arrogant, but this is the point of many watches of the brand. It is undeniable that the specifications are impressive-the 32g self-winding watch is very impressive. At the 2017 World Athletics Championships in London from August 5th to 13th, you can expect to see these watches on the wrists of Mutaz Essa Barshim and Wayde van Niekerk.