It’s certainly not a new trend for luxury watchmakers to team up for sponsorships of elite sporting events, and Richard Mille is certainly not one to ignore the trends. Back in April, the brand marked its foray into yachting regattas with its sponsorship of “Les Voiles de St. Barth” regatta on the Caribbean island of St. Barth. The sailing race attracted 23 teams competing to win the trophy, plus Richard Mille’s RM 028 as a grand prize. Corporate titan George David’s Rambler was the proud prizewinner in the “Super Yachts” category, while Donald Tofias’ Wild Horses claimed the prize in the “Classics.”
The yachting event brought in big names both within and outside of the industry, including skippers such as Loïck Peyron, Lionel Péan, Oman Sail, Ken Read, and Peter Holmberg, as well as famed photographer Patrick Demarchelier, who participated in the race on a Swan 45.
In celebration of its grand entry into the world of yacht racing, Richard Mille created a Limited Edition RM 028 timepiece that will be available in retail boutiques in the fall.
The 100-piece special edition titanium dive watch combined the exceptional case and skeletonized movement that has become the hallmark of all Richard Mille watches, with the specific timepiece features required of divers and sailors alike.
The technical details of this spectacular new piece from Richard Mille are as follows:
The RM 028 adheres to diver’s watch ISO norms 6425 with its water resistance of 980+ feet and a unidirectional bezel. The seemingly simple lines of the 47-mm round case conceal a considerable amount of technical know-how. The exceptional water resistance is achieved with a three-part case construction and 22 torque screws, with complete integration of the lugs into the case system. This configuration prevents any accidental dislodging of the bezel from its case while diving. The skeletonized automatic movement of the RM 028 utilizes a rotor with variable geometry, a major innovation of Richard Mille that allows the level of automatic winding to be adjusted to the user’s lifestyle via the setting of two 18K white gold wings. The RM 028 Les Voiles de St Barth edition is distinguished by elements in bright yellow, a prevalent color in all sailing and diving pursuits. Yellow rubber protects the crown, and the vibrant shade adorns the bezel. The watch is also presented on a yellow rubber bracelet, a first for the Richard Mille collection. Finally, the logo of Les Voiles de St Barth resides on the dial above 8 o’clock.