It is at the London Olympic Stadium, during the World Athletics Championships, that the public will be able to discover Richard Mille’s new creations on the wrists of Wayde Van Niekerk and Mutaz Essa Barshim: RM 67-02 Sprint and RM 67-02 High Jump, RM 67-01 sports version.
Olympic gold medalist and world record holder in the 400m and 300m, multidisciplinary athlete Wayde van Niekerk is the only person to run the 100m in under 10 seconds, the 200m in under 20 seconds, the 300m in under 31 seconds and the The athlete who ran the 400 meters in less than 44 seconds. At his side we will find Richard Mille’s new partner, the high jump specialist Mutaz Essa Barshim. The two-time Olympic medalist, Dohanai has produced four of the world’s best performances in the past five years, proving he has all the makings to become the sport’s record holder, 24 years after Javier Sotomayor.
The desire to create a watch that fits the athlete like a second skin, allowing a kind of “symbiosis” between them, is the guiding philosophy behind this new development.
Starting with the idea of injecting a sporty vibe into the RM 67-01, where its lightness, sophistication and ergonomics fit perfectly, the Richard Mille team redesigned its lines to reflect its sporty character. The appearance of the iconic four jagged appearances of the brand’s sports watches also contributes to the reinforcement of the structure.
The case features Carbon TPT® and Quartz TPT®, Richard Mille’s exclusive composite material for exceptional shock resistance. The low thickness of the bezel/middle/back at 7.80 mm does not alter in any way their physical characteristics or ability to handle all situations of high-level athletic practice.
The manufacture of Quartz TPT® consists in inserting layers of silica fibers with a maximum thickness of 40 microns. Deposited by a specific machine that changes the direction of the fibers between the two layers by 45°, they are impregnated with three new purple resins for the Qatari Mutaz RM 67-02 High Jump and green and yellow resins for the South RM 67-02 Sprint African Wade. The Carbon TPT® carbon fiber used for the case comes from the same process, but from carbon wire.
The taut lines of the carbon fiber TPT® and white gold oscillating weight, bridges and DLC-treated grade 5 titanium plates of the new ultra-thin in-house movement CRMA7 seem to be under tension, firmly emphasizing the sporty nature of this watch. A minimum of two hours of machining allowed extreme skeletonization of the board to be obtained, ending hundreds of hours of machine programming and tuning.
All gear trains have been optimized with specific profiled toothing, creating a 20° pressure angle for an excellent transmission of power from the barrel to the variable inertia balance, guaranteeing a constant rate of 50 hours. .
The satin-brushed beveled hands and clean lines of the CRMA7 movement exude a strong sense of power.
The lines of the dial, in harmony with those of the movement, are machined from a titanium plate just 4/10 mm thick. Treated black DLC, then hand painted in the colors of the two athletes’ flags.
To complete the wearability of its RM 67-02, Richard Mille has added a new comfort strap. One-piece and non-slip, its enhanced elasticity allows it to fit perfectly around the wrist, allowing it to adapt to various morphologies. The brand’s lightest strap ever, reducing the weight of the RM 67-02 to just 32 grams. The RM 67-02 is thus positioned as the lightest automatic watch in the Richard Mille collection.
Mutaz, Wayde and Yohan Blake will be the well-deserved representatives of Richard Mille in London. We have assured them of our full support for these World Championships and we wish them greatness.