I have, sadly, never met Richard Mille in person, however, I have a feeling he would provide interesting company. I would enjoy hearing him regale me with his obsession regarding perfection. It is something which accords with my Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. He clearly is drawn to examples of prodigious power and phenomenal performance. Mille has sought Ambassadors who are blessed with natural talent and who, statistically, push the limits within the professional sporting arena.
Conventional wisdom is to keep replica watches away from excessive forces which could potentially harm the mechanical assemblage of intricately formed parts. Moreover, as the complexity of the replica watch increases, greater care should be exercised. It is therefore a startling spectacle to hear of Monsieur Mille, throwing highly valuable tourbillons at walls to show they can eschew damage despite harsh treatment.
Few replica watch manufacturers would encourage their clientele to wear a tourbillon whilst playing golf. Yet, Richard passes his replica watch to Ambassador, and friend, Bubba Watson, and asks him to wear it on his left arm, as he strikes the ball with ferocious force. I have seen Bubba’s replica watch at close quarters. It is perfect, save for the grubby soils on the reverse of the strap, testament to its daily no-nonsense use.
The dial and case
A vivid compendium of colour engages the eyes. Green and yellow, colours found on the Jamaican flag, provide an individual look, which will divide opinion. I applaud the brave, bold use of colour, albeit, I am not sure it would be my choice. There are other models in the range which I much prefer.
The bridges repeat the green and yellow theme. They are made of Anticordal PB109 Aluminium, with yellow detail, painted by hand. If you study the profile of the bridges, they impersonate the outstretched fingers of Yohan Blake, a trait he exhibits as he runs.
The crown is detailed in green, with the two finishes of the case and strap, being positioned adjacent to each other.
The aforementioned crown has a torque limiting feature to prevent accidental overwinding. This is one further example of the profound engineering excellence of the replica watches bearing the Richard Mille nomenclature. All mechanical aspects are distilled to a very high standard.
The RM 59-01 may be modern in its appearance but it does not overlook fine finishing. The micro-blasted baseplate is constructed of grade 5 titanium and the bridges feature hand-polished bevelling. The sinks are polished and wheels are circular decorated to their front surfaces.
Some people may not like the extrovert personality of the RM 59-01 Tourbillon Yohan Blake and may dismiss it. However, that would be a shame. If you appraise the depth of engineering showcased in this replica watch, you have to acknowledge it is the product of “out of the box thinking”.
I think the outcome is sublime.
The Richard Mille RM 59-01 Tourbillon Yohan Blake demonstrates the expertise of the brand brilliantly and some of the knowhow may trickle-down to future models which has to be a good thing.
This replica watch performs its role to a high standard and provides a powerful argument for Mr Mille’s relentless pursuit of supremacy in the arena of haute horology.
Technical Specification – Richard Mille RM 59-01 Tourbillon Yohan Blake
- Case: Composite compound made from injected carbon nanotubes; dimensions 50.24 mm x 42.70 mm; height 15.84 mm; Water resistant to 3 bar (30 metres); sapphire crystal to front and rear.
- Functions: Hours; minutes; tourbillon.
- Movement: Caliber RM59-01; manual-wind; frequency 21,600 vph (3 Hz); 19 jewels; power reserve 48 hours.
This article is written by Angus Davies, guest contributor for Monochrome Replica Watches and editor of the UK website, Escapement.uk.com