Much like the aeronautics and automotive industries, where R&D play an essential role, cycling is constantly evolving from a technical perspective. The collaboration between Richard Mille and Alain Prost, the four-time Formula 1 World Champion and co-founder of the Renault e.dams team, and their interest in cycling, gave birth to the all new RM70-01 calibre Tourbillon, featuring an unprecedented odometer.
RM 70-01 Tourbillon Alain Prost © Richard Mille
The RM 70-01’s never-before-seen totaliser allows the cyclist to know how many kilometres they’d ridden since the beginning of the season. The pusher at 2 o’clock can select any of the 5 rollers of the odometer, whose readout is visible in a titanium window. Once a roller selected, pressing the pusher located at 10 o’clock advances the roller by one. The only effort required of the user is to add the day’s distance to the prior total.
The mechanism itself, however, is much more complicated. The first pusher activates selection of a roller, one of the five. Execution is confirmed by perfect alignment of the two yellow arrows. The second pusher incrementally rotates the roller, which automatically blocks, thanks to the carry mechanism. To avoid accidental manipulations, the complication has been fitted with a neutral position (N). Thanks to a spring-lock, the selection fork will be lined up straight, with an arrow at 2 o’clock pointing to N as visual confirmation that the mechanism is locked.
The RM70-01 manual winding tourbillon calibre offers a 70-hour power-reserve, visible at 5 o’clock, thanks to an indicator powered by a planetary differential. Its baseplate and bridges are made of grade 5 titanium. Titanium’s extreme stiffness enables the calibre to withstand the roughest of trails with ease. Nods to the realm of cycling abound, from the titanium Allen screws that fix the bridges, to the barrel ratchet, which recalls the design of forged wheel spokes, to say nothing of the tourbillon cage and dynamometric crown, evocative of a bicycle’s pedal.
The two Richard Mille Watches How Much Replica RM 67-02 watches weigh only 32g each, which makes them Richard Mille’s lightest automatic watches ever. This is achieved due to ultra lightweight materials utilized throughout the watch. The brightly colored top and rear sections of the case are made from super light but powerful Quartz TPT, as we have seen earlier in watches like this RM 35-02 watch for Rafael Nadal, although the case middle is made out of Carbon TPT. But that’s not all. The screws used to ensure the case are made from Grade 5 titanium and so will be the foundation plates and bridges used in the movement.It also helps that the RM 67-02’s instance is quite petite (for a Richard Mille, at least). Water resistance is only 30m, so it should have the ability to withstand sweaty athletes – if not much more liquid than that.The two watches are actually identical and only differ in terms of colors, which – even though they may look more like flavors of ice cream – reflect the flags of the athletes’ states. The Richard Mille RM 67-02 Sprint, that was created for Wayne van Niekerk, is adorned with the colours of the South African ruler and features a bright green case with yellow beams. On the flip side, the Richard Mille RM 67-02 High Jump, made for Mutaz Essa Barshim, is adorned with the colours of the Qatari flag and features a deep crimson case with white bands.Powering the two watches is your caliber CRMA7, a skeletonized self-winding movement that’s made largely out of titanium. The rotor is made from Carbon TPT to decrease weight, but the endings are made out of white gold to ensure twisting efficiency. The movement has an extremely specialized and somewhat industrial look, but it’s really very highly completed with micro-blasted countertops and anglage, gray and black electro-plasma remedy for the baseplate and bridges, circular finishing on both wheels, and much more as is to be expected from Richard Mille.
The beautifully finished movement possesses tremendous depth. Both its vertical architecture—which lines up the barrel and tourbillon along a single axis—and its compact size were essential because of how much space the odometer occupies within the case.
Machined out of Carbon TPT®, the tripartite case is water-resistant to 50 metres thanks to two Nitrile O-ring seals. It is assembled with 20 spline screws in grade
5 titanium and abrasion-resistant washers in 316L stainless steel. Combining tonneau, rectangular and asymmetrical shapes, the case ensures the greatest possible comfort when worn on the right wrist, but also optimises legibility of the time when gripping a cycle’s handlebars.
Each buyer of the RM 70-01 watch – a limited edition of 30 pieces – will receive as a gift their very own bespoke road cycle. Developed by Alain Prost and Richard Mille in partnership with the Italian bikemaker Colnago, these individually numbered bicycles are made by hand and painted in the watchmaking brand’s colours.
Alain Prost © Luc Manago