Angus Davies reviews the Richard Mille RM038, a watch built for recent Augusta Masters winner Bubba Watson.
Bubba Watson wins the Augusta Masters.
At 6-foot-3, he’s a colossus in size and hits the ball with prodigious power, leading the PGA Tour in driving distance with an average of 313.1 yards.
Bubba was a refreshing change from the average golfer on the PGA Tour. He is self-taught and has developed his own very personal style.
Many golfers spend years training with coaches, holding the club in a certain way and honing their swing through video analysis, but not Bubba.
Wearing an all-white outfit with pink detailing, he used a pink driver to support the charity. On his website, Bubba states that “helping these charities, and more importantly, the families involved, means more than winning a golf tournament”. I suspect this is a mantra embraced by many sports coaches.
Bubba is approachable and recounts his humble origins and growing up in Baghdad, Florida. He opened up about his emotions, tearing up and hugging his mother affectionately as he celebrated his victory at the Masters.
During his playoff with Louis Osterhuizen during the Masters, his ball landed in the woods. The bushes should have thwarted his ambitions, thwarted his ambitions. However, Bubba said that after hitting the ball with such ferocity, golf wisdom would suggest imminent failure, “It’s just a crazy shot I see in my head.” The ball landed on the green. This is not one to follow the rules. copy watches for sale
So it’s no surprise that he wears an unconventional watch, the Richard Mille RM 038.
The dial is unlike any other brand of watch. The design language of Richard Mille watches is inspired by Formula 1. Skeletonized hour and minute hands are one of the few details faithful to orthodox horology.
The bridge is shaped like an anti-roll bar and spans the dial. They are not made of untreated silver and do not have the Côtes de Genève pattern in line with other high-end timepieces on the market. Richard Mille never went with the flow.
The bridges, bridges and balance cock are all made of grade 5 titanium and are clearly visible through the sapphire crystal mounted on the front and back of the case. This isn’t horological porn designed just to tease, and it has its merits in the choice of materials used. Grade 5 titanium is lightweight, ensuring it won’t weigh down on the wearer. Bubba Watson, Felipe Massa and Rafael Nadal have all highlighted this key advantage, all of whom choose to wear Richard Mille watches while practicing their chosen sports.
The wearer can appreciate the spectacle of horological craftsmanship, as the tourbillon cage rotates to resist the effects of gravity. But unlike some tourbillons that require care to ensure their longevity, Richard Mille has given its models a solid structure that makes them extremely wear-resistant.
Richard Mille never seeks expediency when designing watches, and the case design perfectly reflects this. The three-plan case is made up of three key elements; top, sides, and bottom. The sides of the case are perfectly contoured, with the top and bottom perfectly aligned to keep out dust or moisture that could damage the precious work inside.
Two Nitrile O-rings mounted on the sides and front and back of the case further reduce the risk of compromising water resistance. fake watches for sale
The case is the culmination of countless machine processes, resulting in the striking silhouette synonymous with this captivating brand. Twelve grade 5 titanium spline screws and 316L stainless steel wear washers snap together like clamshells to protect the internal structure from potential damage.
The most striking thing about the case is the color, a lighter shade of whiter. Made of extremely strong WE54 magnesium, an electric plasma oxidation treatment called Miarox® provides the unique shade. It is this treatment, commonly used in the aerospace, automotive and medical sectors, that gives the case its scratch and corrosion resistance.
Tourbillons are one of the most complex complications, often heavier and more delicate than normal. However, this is no ordinary sport. It’s strong and light.
The lightweight of the rotating barrel increases its speed and its accuracy by default.
The choice of movement material is eclectic, not seeking change, but approaching the watch from different perspectives. The results are amazing.
The beauty of the RM038 Tourbillon movement is the ability to see through the sapphire crystal the hard work of the gears and cogs. The movement is delivered in a unique form and made of high-tech materials.
Richard Mille doesn’t skimp on the details for its clients. This is a great example of polished pivots, polished sinks and beveled polished steel components.
Richard Mille did not follow accepted norms, copied other masters, and did not follow the herd. The RM 038 is a refreshing change from the approach taken by many watchmakers, who some feel seem to offer homogeneous watches that lack originality.
Richard Mille chose a unique course for the RM 038, a bit like the way Bubba Watson plays golf.
Bubba succeeded in the green belt of Augusta, while Richard Mille mastered the green valley of Swiss watchmaking with the innovative RM 038. buy watches online
Model: Richard Mille RM038
Case: Magnesium WE54; Dimensions 48.00mm x 39.70mm; Height 12.80mm; Water resistant to 5 bar (50m); Sapphire crystal front and back.
Functions: hours; minutes; tourbillon.
Movement: Caliber RM038; manual winding; frequency 21,600 vibrations per hour (3 Hz); 19 jewels; power reserve 48 hours.
Strap: rubber strap