In the process of constantly learning about watches, I found that not only did I learn more and more, but the price of watching watches became higher and higher. Today, I will share this article with you. (Watch model: RM61-01)
The watch I saw came from the RM 61-01 Yohan Blake Ultimate Edition watch in the Richard Mille men’s collection.
Let’s first briefly understand the source of this watch. The first RM 61-01 Yohan Blake watch was born in 2014. Yohan Blake, a Jamaican sprinter, took a place in the celebrity list of track and field stars. If this is the first time you know this watch, you can probably understand its inspiration – a high-end sports watch specially developed for sports.
The RM 61-01 Yohan Blake Ultimate Edition we see now is the 2020 launch of Richard Mille and the finale of this model and its unique collection. The watch case is a big highlight. First of all, it is asymmetrical. The case is deliberately extended on one side from 2 o’clock to 5 o’clock, forming a “narrow left and wide right” shape. The main purpose of this design is not For the sake of curiosity, but to avoid friction between the crown and the sprinter’s wrist.
Another highlight of the case is the use of new materials. The bezel and case back of the RM 61-01 “Ultimate Edition” are made of Quartz TPT® and Carbon TPT®, a composite material that has gone through many hurdles: An extremely thin layer of silica, from which the quartz carbon fibers are separated, is soaked in a white resin, into which layers of carbon fibers are inserted and laminated by machine.
The fiber layers are then heated to 120 degrees Celsius under high pressure before being sent to Richard Mille’s factory for processing. The machining process creates random textures on this composite material, so each watch is unique.
So far, the case is finally finished. Finally, it is assembled with grade 5 titanium alloy spline screws and stainless steel washers to ensure a waterproof depth of 50 meters.
The crown is made of carbon fiber (Carbon TPT®) with an O-ring as a protection to ensure that the crown is not accidentally touched during movement.
Flange, usually refers to punching several holes around a disk-like metal body for connecting/fixing other things
The dial, with its built-in flange, is made of titanium and is galvanized black and painted in white lacquer. The hour markers and the front of the hour and minute hands are covered with fluorescent material.
In fact, the dial of the swiss watch is directly composed of the movement. The RM61-01 “Ultimate Edition” watch is equipped with the RMUL2 skeletonized manual winding movement, which provides about 55 hours of power.
This movement uses a grade 5 titanium baseplate and bridges, as we said earlier, this is a watch specially developed for sports applications, so the skeletonized baseplate and bridges have undergone an acceleration test of more than 5000 g to meet the Watches demand for high-intensity sports.
The variable inertia free-spring balance wheel ensures the reliability of the watch and long-term accuracy when the watch is subjected to vibration.
The movement also features a double barrel arrangement, which distributes the stored power to the two winding barrels, which increases the number of revolutions while reducing the stress on the teeth, etc., which improves stability.
For a long time, Richard Mille luxury has left everyone with the impression of “tough, cool, dazzling” and “million threshold”. This is true from the perspective of shape and market conditions, but I also seem to see its rigorous technical performance. and consideration of everyday practicality. In any case, the RM 61-01 Yohan Blake Ultimate Edition brings the perfect end to the 6-year career of this watch.