One of the finest selections of vintage and contemporary watches we were able to put together. We tried to do our best to offer you extremely rare and well preserved collectable pieces of the best manufactures.
Session I: Saturday 22 October, 2:30 PM – lots 1 to 104
Session II: Sunday 23 October, 10:30 AM – lots 105 to 179
Session III: Sunday 23 October, 2:30 PM – lots 180 to 271
100 Richard Mille Incredibly Important, Innovative and in New Old Stock Conditions, RM72-01, Automatic Chronograph Flyback Wristwatch in Titanium, Skeleton Dial, With Box, Transportation Box, Papers, Card and Booklets
Estimate: € 350,000 – 700,000
Case Material: Titanium
Bracelet Material: Rubber
Case N°: RM72-01 TI/415
Movement N°: 000180
Dimensions: 42 × 45 mm
Signed: Dial, Case and Movement
Accessories: Box, Transportation Box, Papers, Card, Booklets
The RM 72-01 chronograph is the first to feature a movement entirely in-house designed and manufactured by the Maison. So to speak, it is a deviation from the usual path of Richard Mille. A path borrowed from motoring, that of using the best possible suppliers for each component. This path is changed doing the components independently only when believing the best possible supplier is himself. It is in this context that caliber CRMC1 was born, the self-winding chronograph movement mounted in the RM 72-01 here offered. Lets put it in technical ways: when the RM 72-01 start button is pressed, a column wheel moves not the usual intermediate wheel, but a vertical pinion. Which moves in an obligatory path, connecting the second wheel of the movement and that of the seconds chrono. A second pinion (of a different shape) which engages with the barrel moves at the same time by means of a long rocker. Which therefore takes the energy necessary for the operation of the totalizers directly from there for minutes and hours. In this way, the seconds wheel of the movement does not drag the entire chronograph device, but merely allows the exact count of the seconds. In order to make the reading extremely easy, the continuous seconds on the left of the dial and the minutes and hours on the right, vertically, are unequivocally (and rationally colored) written on the outer perimeter of the secondary squares. This fair of rationality is further enriched by the flyback function. Pressing the button at 4 stops and resets the count, which restarts when the button is released. A solution created to be able to carry out surveys in rapid succession without messing up your life, such as the take-off of airplanes or any other cyclical event. Offered from the original owner, the present example RM72-01 is presented in pristine conditions, with its unmistakable design of the case. Tonneau shape, massive but incredibly light (also thanks to the material used for it, which is titanium) it is further embellished with the use of pink gold for small but significant details on the perimeter and ceramic for the pushers. With a vision to create timepieces utilizing the most advanced cutting-edge technology, three-dimensional construction with an emphasis in pure mechanics and finished traditionally by hand, Richard Mille simply creates “racing machines for the wrist” and the lot here offered is surely part of the top of the range of the Mille family.