High-end Swiss watchmaker Richard Mille releases the RM 70-01 Calibre Tourbillon, a cycling-inspired marvel which tributes four-time F1 World Champion, Alain Prost.
The collaboration between Richard Mille and and Prost, the four-time Formula 1 World Champion and co-founder of the Renault e.dams team, in inspired by a shared interest in cycling, a sport Prost took up during an enforced break from GP racing in 1992. Much like the aeronautics and automotive industries, where R&D play an essential role, cycling is constantly evolving from a technical perspective.
Following extensive discussions with Alain Prost, as well as other cyclists, Mille realised that many of them would be hard pressed to say how many kilometres they’d ridden since the beginning of the season. The RM 70-01’s never-before-seen totaliser remedies this by simply displaying the overall distance travelled. The pusher at 2 o’clock can select any of the five rollers of the odometer, whose readout is visible in a titanium window. Once a roller is 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 striking piece features a 70-hour power-reserve visible at 5 o’clock via an indicator powered by a planetary differential, and grade 5 titanium baseplate and bridges for superior stability and durability during bumpy rides. Cycling references can be seen in the titanium Allen screws that fix the bridges, to the barrel ratchet which recalls the design of forged wheel spokes, as well as the tourbillon cage and dynamometric crown, evocative of a bicycle’s pedal. The case is machined out of Carbon TPT®, combines tonneau, rectangular and asymmetrical shapes, its unique lines ensuring comfort on the right wrist and optimised legibility of the time when gripping a cycle’s handlebars.
Want one? Each buyer of this piece receives their very own bespoke, individually numbered road cycle, developed by Alain Prost and Richard Mille in partnership with the prestigious Italian bikemaker Colnago and painted in the watchmaker’s brand colours!
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