In 2010, Mille created a game-changing revolution with the RM 027, the lightest mechanical watch in the world. He tied it to the heaviest tennis ball of Rafael Nadal (Rafael Nadal). On the wrist. Mille said: “It was not easy to convince Rafa to wear a watch in the beginning. He is known for being very specific about his preparations, what he wears and his racing gear. He is sure he will find the watch distracting and uncomfortable. It was at the request of Juan Carlos, King of Spain, that he finally agreed to meet [I] and try the watch. When he did this, he couldn’t believe how light and comfortable it was. Of course, this It helped him continue to win the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open in the first year of wearing Mille. It can be said that since then, it has become his lucky charm.”
The RM 027 and its little non-tourbillon brother, the RM 035 Rafael Nadal, became the focus of more extreme experiments to reduce weight, increase shock resistance and maximize comfort. Mille said: “The goal is simple: I hope Rafa will never notice that he is wearing a watch before he sees the watch. We have studied different housing materials from carbon fiber to carbon TPT to quartz TPT. We have found a way to combine the movement with All the ways to isolate external shocks, we even came up with new types of straps, from Velcro to what collectors call the’loop’ sports strap.”
From 2010 to 2020, Richard Mille copy took the lead in turning a mechanical watch into the ultimate sports performance tool, resulting in what I think is the most game-changing timepiece in recent years, the RM 67-02 launched in 2017. If the first decade of Mille watches changed our view of luxury materials with the introduction of titanium, carbon fiber, ceramics and quartz TPT, the second decade witnessed a more complete transformation of traditional watches, RM 67-02, Go beyond its category and become the ultimate ultra-luxury hardcore sports watch. It is so light and easy to wear that I even hesitate to call it a sports watch. To me, the RM 67-02 is almost a sports strap or sports bracelet, and it happens to tell the time through one of the most amazing design and technologically innovative watch heads attached to it. To fully understand RM 67-02, you need to try it on first. Immediately you will feel as if there is only a thin, almost weightless sweatband on your wrist, until you look down and see its hot multicolor quartz TPT and radical carbon TPT coating gleaming on your wrist.
In the men’s high jump final of the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships held at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha on October 4, 2019, Qatar player Mutaz Essa Balhim wore RM 67-02 automatic Mutaz. Essa Balhim-High jump on the wrist.
Let’s take a look at some important design elements expressed by the launch of this watch in 2017. First of all, it is one of the first RM watches to relive the classic dimensions of 38.7 mm wide and 7.8 mm high. Its length is 47.52 mm, but because it has no lugs, it is not much larger than Apple Watch to wear. Sometimes people forget that when it was launched, the RM 67-02 was the world’s lightest automatic watch, weighing 32 grams. This is too light, weighing no more than seven sheets of A4 paper. The RM 67-02 movement is definitely an amazing piece of art. Calibre CRMA7 has a fully hollowed bottom plate and grade 5 titanium splint, but with a variable inertia rotor composed of carbon fiber arms and platinum blocks. Due to the light weight of the arm relative to the surrounding weight, this rotor winds very effectively. The carbon arms also help to dissipate the violent impact on the rotor assembly, which is their damping effect. The movement beats at a frequency of 4 Hz and provides a 50-hour power reserve through a free-spring balance. Since the dial is integrated with the bottom plate of the watch, you can see all the internal mechanical elements, including the escape wheel at seven o’clock, the balance wheel on the left at six o’clock, and the hollow barrel at twelve o’clock. ‘clock, this also allows you to measure the wind conditions of the internal mainspring. Although this aesthetic has become popular today, it should not be forgotten that Richard Mille was the first watch to express the hollow in this modern style, especially the RM 009.
RM 67-02 is 38.7 mm wide and 7.8 mm high. It is one of Richard Mille’s first products to revisit the classic size. The length of RM 67-02 is 47.52 mm, but because it has no lugs, it is not larger than Apple Watch. The weight is only 32 grams. The RM 67-02 dial is integrated into the bottom plate of the watch, and you can see all the internal mechanical elements, including the escape wheel at seven o’clock, the balance wheel at six o’clock on the left, and the hollow The barrel is located at the 12 o’clock position, and it also allows you to measure the wind conditions of the mainspring inside. RM 67-02 is Calibre CRMA7 inside, which has a completely hollow bottom plate and grade 5 titanium bridge plate, but with carbon fiber Variable inertia rotor composed of arm and platinum mass.
The case of the watch is the Mille V3 case, with aggressive protruding structural extensions around the spline screws on the top plate and back case, which we first saw in the coveted RM 11-03. The top plate and rear shell are made of quartz TPT or carbon TPT, and the middle shell is made of carbon fiber. RM 67-02 specially uses the elastic strap from RM 27-03 Rafael Nadal, which is essentially an elastic sports ring, which is very comfortable to wear.
RM 67-02 was launched at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London, using green and yellow quartz TPT and red and white quartz TPT, respectively, for South African sprinter Wade van Nieckel and Qatar high jumper Mutaz · Essa Bashim. Norwegian World Biathlon and Olympic Biathlon champion Johannes Thingnes Bø said that he wore an amazing and unique RM 67-02 Norwegian flag uniform during the competition: “This is the only watch I can wear. For me, How slim and ergonomic it is. During my exercise, I can’t let the watch be caught in my rifle belt or hinder my exercise in any way. The ultra-thin shape of the watch is perfect; there is also 32 grams Weight. Time is a crucial factor in my exercise. With my 67-02, I can track it while wearing (let us admit it) the coolest watch in the world on my wrist.” Non-professional athletes also like the sheer abrasion resistance of RM 67-02. A top Singapore watch collector who follows Instagram said @santa_laura, “Like everyone who likes watches, I entered Richard Mille. But soon I started to follow 67-02. Why? Because it is the number you wear One of the few watches, and you simply forget that you are wearing anything. It is very comfortable and relaxing to wear. On weekends, when you are on vacation at the resort, it is really great for sports. I also like the model Different colors, I collected all these colors.”
Nick Foulkes said: “The RM 67-02 is a charming watch because it is hardly a watch, because it is very light and very wearable. I initially thought it was characterized by a modern lightweight watch, just like a watch bracelet. For example, [Rolex] King Midas, until my sons pointed out that it is more similar to the ultimate decorative music festival backstage bracelet — if you are lucky enough to get one, then it happens to tell you the time and cost of more than 120,000 US dollars. But don’t worry, it It should allow you to understand almost anything in the background; it will allow you to see the whole world in the background.”
In 2018, RM 67-02 added four more versions, including red, black and yellow versions in the colors of the German flag, followed by a black carbon fiber TPT version, and a blue sports strap for rally driver Sébastien Ogier, white quartz TPT A version with a blue strap for the skier Alexis Pinturault and a stunning blue quartz TPT version with yellow and red design elements and a blue strap by F1 driver Fernando Alonso. Together with the first two versions, this means that the RM 67-02 has six different color schemes, giving you ample opportunity to collect this model in depth.
One of the key statistics that must be discussed about the RM 67-02 is related to its thickness, which is 7.8 mm. This is very thin for sports watches, actually thinner than the Patek Philippe reference. 5711 or Audemars Piguet reference. 15202. But importantly, it is the result of Mille’s focus on ultra-thin watches, dating back to RM 16 in 2007. Exactly seven years before Bulgari launched the now-famous Octo Finissimo, Mille has proved that ultra-thin watches with amazing design and real strength are an important part of the future. Mille is always attracted by the zeitgeist. He foresaw the interest in ultra-thin watches long before other markets reached this conclusion.