Richard Mille has launched the new RM 50-04 Tourbillon Split-Seconds Chronograph with brand partner F1 team Alfa Romeo Racing’s team principal Kimi Raikkönen.
The talented watchmaker has developed a special watch for Kimi Raikkönen, the successor of Jean Todt, Felipe Massa, and his own brand, Richard Mille. One of the Formula 1 legends after Massa and Romain Grosjean. Kimi Raikkönen is one of the veterans of this challenging sport, becoming world champion in 2007. This weekend, the athlete will make his 307th Formula 1 race.
The Richard Mille RM 50-04 Tourbillon Split-Seconds Chronograph complements the Calibre RM 50-03, which we first saw in 2017 on the RM 50-03, which has since become an icon of the brand. The movement that powers the watch designed for the McLaren F1 Team weighs just 7 grams and consists of skeletonized parts, bridges and bridges, made from a special titanium-vanadium-aluminum blend. The selected bridges are made of carbon TPT, like a transverse carrier, attached to the case and supporting the entire movement. Another important feature of the movement and the case is its shock resistance of up to 5,000 Gs.
Raikkonen, who was interviewed ahead of the watch’s launch, said: “I’ve never really liked to wear a watch because it’s uncomfortable and it doesn’t appeal to me. So, when we signed the deal, I was a little skeptical, I know. It’s another watch brand, but when I got the watch, I was totally surprised. I’ve never actually used a watch in the past, but now, I don’t even notice it. What drives [Richard Mille] is a complete Different philosophies. Now I don’t even notice when I put it on, it’s a good looking watch and it doesn’t have any weight. He also stated that he has worn them on test drives including the RM 67-02 of multiple models and never used the watch during the race.
Models in the Alfa Romeo Formula 1 team colours feature white quartz TPT material on the back of its case and bezel, contrasting with red details on the dial and chronograph pushers (and of course the strap). The dial also includes the number 7 that Raikkonen used in racing.
Model Name: Richard Mille RM 50-04 Tourbillon Split-Seconds Chronograph Kimi Räikkönen
Case/Dial: 44.50mm Diameter x 49.65mm Height x 16.10mm Thickness, Grade 5 Titanium
Water resistance: 50m (5 bar)
Movement: Caliber RM50-03, manual winding
Functions: hours, minutes, split-seconds chronograph, 30-minute totalizer
Frequency: 21,600 vph (3 Hz)
Power reserve: 70 hours
Strap: Graphene and rubber
No one in Formula 1 is as cool as Kimi Raikkönen. The 2007 world champion, one of the veterans in the demanding sport, will make his 307th Formula 1 race in Singapore this weekend. His ability to remain calm even in the most challenging situations earned him the nickname “Iceman.” Raikkonen did so not only in Formula 1, but also in the WRC and NASCAR. One accolade he has yet to achieve is his own Richard Mille, who has now joined the family of famous watchmakers following other Formula 1 legends such as Jean Todt, Felipe Massa and Romain Gros let.
The watch that will be on Raikkonen’s wrist is the new RM 50-04 Tourbillon Split-Seconds Chronograph. This watch is perfect for accomplished racers because it has a very complicated movement that combines a tourbillon and a split-seconds chronograph. As Richard Miller, that’s not all. The movement is made of ultra-light materials such as carbon TPT and grade 5 titanium. Extensive skeletonization further reduces weight. Therefore, it only weighs 7 grams. Don’t be fooled into thinking that its complexity and lightness suggest it is fragile, as this watch can easily join Raikkonen on even the toughest rides, as it has been tested to withstand up to 5.000 grams impact.
The colours of the best swiss replica watches are officially taken from the C38 single-seater that Raikkonen drives for the Alfa Romeo team, but it is also likely a reference to the Finnish racer’s moniker and background. The case back and bezel are made of white quartz TPT, giving the watch a new look. It also contrasts nicely with the dial and chronograph pushers as well as the many red details on the strap. Also prominent on the dial is the number seven, the number Raikkonen used when he raced.