Richard Mille And The Lightest Wristwatches Ever

By Victor Toth

The avant-garde Swiss manufacture Richard Mille has made a name for itself among watch enthusiasts and collectors by pushing the limits of not only what is possible within the constraints of fine watchmaking – but also of what a high-end watch is capable of.

For Richard Mille this road was paved with watches that were not only remarkably complicated, but also almost unbelievably light – let’s take a look at the brand’s top five lightweight watches.

RM27-01
The Richard Mille RM27-01 came as an update to the original watch made for Rafael Nadal – the world famous tennis champion who has helped the Swiss watch manufacturer make headlines when Nadal wore the RM27 tourbillon while competing at the world’s greatest tennis tournaments. The RM27-01 weighs just 19 grams thanks to a novel – and extremely strong – case material of anthracite polymer injected with carbon nanotubes, as well as its use of grade 5 titanium for the movement’s larger components. The movement is suspended inside the case through four braided steel cables, each with a diameter of just 0.35 millimetres.

The Richard Mille RM27-01 weights just 19 grams thanks to a novel and extremely strong case material of anthracite polymer injected with carbon nanotubes.
The Richard Mille RM27-01 weights just 19 grams thanks to a novel and extremely strong case material of anthracite polymer injected with carbon nanotubes.

RM27-02
The Richard Mille RM27-02 is the latest addition to the RM27 line-up created for Rafael Nadal and it features a QTPT case, where hundreds of layers of extremely thin filaments of quartz crystal and white resin are bonded together to create a light and extremely durable material. Some of the movement’s redesigned bridges are in carbon fiber, to further reduce weight, and gone are the previous model’s cables to secure the movement. A more colorful successor to the monochromatic first Nadal tourbillon, the RM27-02 further pushes the boundaries with the use of exotic materials.

The Richard Mille RM27-02 features a QTPT case, where hundreds of layers of extremely thin filaments of quartz crystal and white resin are bonded together to create a light and extremely durable material.
The Richard Mille RM27-02 features a QTPT case, where hundreds of layers of extremely thin filaments of quartz crystal and white resin are bonded together to create a light and extremely durable material.

RM59-01
The Richard Mille RM59-01 was designed for another world-class athlete, the Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake. Featuring a carbon nanotube infused case for extreme lightness and rigidity, it’s equipped with four three-dimensional, curved movement bridges that are shaped like Blake’s fingers while performing his record-setting runs. Underneath the bottommost bridge is a tourbillon, to ensure a unique mix of high-performance and refined watchmaking.

The Richard Mille RM59-01 is equipped with four three-dimensional, curved movement bridges that are shaped like Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake’s fingers while performing his record-setting runs.
The Richard Mille RM59-01 is equipped with four three-dimensional, curved movement bridges that are shaped like Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake’s fingers while performing his record-setting runs.

RM35-01
The Richard Mille RM35-01 is another timepiece that bears the Nadal name – although this time around it does away with the tourbillon, as its RMUL3 caliber features a traditional escapement to display hours, minutes and seconds. Despite being entry-level, the case is in NTPT carbon, another material exclusive to the brand and made by Swiss materials specialist NTPT – short for North Thin Ply Technology. The case comprises hundreds of ultra-thin layers of carbon fiber, molded into one and then milled into the trademark Richard Mille tonneau shape. Super light and yet again, extremely durable, the RM35-01 is a great option for those looking to do without a tourbillon – and spend a bit less.

The case of the Richard Mille RM35-01 comprises hundreds of ultra-thin layers of carbon fiber, molded into one and then milled into the trademark Richard Mille tonneau shape.
The case of the Richard Mille RM35-01 comprises hundreds of ultra-thin layers of carbon fiber, molded into one and then milled into the trademark Richard Mille tonneau shape.

 

RM011 Red TPT Quartz
The very latest piece that Richard Mille debuted is the Richard Mille RM011 Red TPT Quartz, offering a blend of red TPT quartz composite and NTPT carbon. The result is a bold timepiece that goes well with the motor racing inspired RM011 Felipe Massa line of watches. Paired with a handy chronograph movement that features an annual calendar, and paired with a matching red rubber strap, the RM011 Red TPT Quartz is expected to be as light as the brand’s other carbon NTPT offerings – but with a new and indeed very bold look to spice things up even more.

The Richard Mille RM011 Red TPT Quartz offers a blend of red TPT quartz composite and NTPT carbon with a chronograph movement that features an annual calendar.
The Richard Mille RM011 Red TPT Quartz offers a blend of red TPT quartz composite and NTPT carbon with a chronograph movement that features an annual calendar.

The Hour Glass is an official retailer of Richard Mille.

 

Victor Toth
Victor Toth

Victor Toth – Czech Republic
Victor Toth is a Prague-based, professional photographer-turned-watch enthusiast and freelance journalist, whose journey into the complex world of fine watchmaking had begun a number of years ago. Over this time it has become his passion to share his understanding of the finer details of beautiful timepieces, all in an effort to encourage a more thorough appreciation of this wonderful and complex universe of fine mechanics.


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