Exclusive Timepieces 17 April 2021 | Monaco LOT 110

110

Richard Mille Very Elegant and Tasteful Extra-flat Skeletonized Tonneau-shape Wristwatch in Titanium

Estimate € 90,000 –⁠ 180,000

Sold € 136,500
Lot Description

Model: RM67-01
Reference: MON-00528
Case Material: Titanium
Bracelet Material: Rubber
Year: 2020
Movement: Automatic
Caliber: CRMA6
Case N°: RM67-01 TI/1292
Movement N°: 3323
Dimensions: 39 x 48 mm
Signed: Dial, movement and case

Born in Draguignan, France in 1951, Richard started his career in the watchmaking industry in 1974 and had management roles in various watch brands then becoming, in the early 1990s, managing director (and shareholder) of the watch division of renowned French jewelry firm Mauboussin. In 1999, Richard Mille decided to create his personal brand of luxury watches with the objective to break the traditional codes related to high-end watches, often associated to a baroque style and precious materials like gold and platinum. Showcased at the 2016 Edition of the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva, the present lot, the RM 67-01 became the sleekest model among all tonneau shaped Richard Mille timepieces. This reference introduced lots of features: most important is the caliber CRMA6, Skeletonised automatic-winding movement with hours, minutes, date and function indicator with a POWER RESERVE of circa 50 hours (± 10%). The watch case undergoes brushing and polishing, all executed by hand, followed by assembly with sapphire glass and sealants. The mechanical aspects of creating a thin automatic present their own set of difficulties, but one of the challenges is to pair this type of movement design with a sense of visual depth within the movement—a central tenet of the Richard Mille approach. The extreme skeletonization seen in the RM 67-01 is one significant avenue to achieving this.