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  • Manufacturer: Richard Mille
    Year: Circa 2003
    Reference No: RM 002-V2 AE PG
    Movement No: 030
    Case No: 154
    Material: 18k pink gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 002-V2, 30 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Velcro
    Dimensions: 45mm Length
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Richard Mille was born with the new millennium and entered it with a bang. In more ways than one Richard Mille defined what watchmaking in the early part of the 21st century would look like.

    Richard Mille’s philosophy and motto from the start was “the racing machine on the wrist”. His goal was to develop and experiment with cutting edge materials and techniques, creating calibers that were closer to Formula 1 car engines than to movements.

    In 2001, a year later after the launch of its first wristwatch, Mille presented the RM002 a feat of engineering and technology. Keeping with the tourbillon, power reserve and torque indicators of the first model, the RM002 incorporated an element inspired by automotive racing with the inclusion of a gear like function selector. Prominently displayed between the 4 and 5 positions, the function selector is changed through a button in the crown, similar to the gearbox, the watch can be set to H (Hands) for time setting, N (Neutral) normal running time and W (Winding) for winding.

    The torque indicator runs between 0 and 65 with red indicator, a reading below 53dNmm indicates the mainspring is too slack and over 65dNmm indicting excessive tension on the mainspring.
    The present RM002-V2 is the second evolution of the model. It incorporates a movement baseplate made of a composite carbon nanofiber with grey PVD coating, enabling greater structural rigidity for improved shock resistance. Visible through the sapphire crystal dial, the carbon nanofiber baseplate is not only functional, but also visually appealing.

    In overall very good condition the rose gold case and grey movement create incredible contrast. More than any other watch the RM002 defines the ethos and genetic codes of one of the greatest symbols of watchmaking in the 21st century.

  • Artist Biography

    Richard Mille

    Swiss • 1999

    Established in 1999, Richard Mille's ultra-modern timepieces combine cutting-edge materials from high performance worlds such as Formula 1 racecars with high-end traditional watchmaking. The brand's revolutionary designs, technical breakthroughs and exceptional hand-finishing excite even the most discriminating collectors, and have positioned Richard Mille alongside the top makers of the modern luxury watch world.

    Innovative watches, such as the RM 027 Tourbillon, which was the world’s lightest mechanical watch when introduced in 2011, have helped the brand invert the concept of the luxury watch. Key models include the RM 009 Tourbillon cased in Aluminum Silicon Carbide (AlSiC), the RM 027-02 Tourbillon made for tennis star Rafael Nadal with a case made from quartz and carbon fiber and the RM 008 split seconds chronograph.

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Ref. RM 002-V2 AE PG
A very attractive and rare pink gold tourbillon wristwatch with function selector, power reserve and torque indication

Circa 2003
45mm Length
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
CHF100,000 - 200,000 
€92,700-185,000
$109,000-218,000

Sold for CHF214,200

Contact Specialist

Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Watches, Continental Europe and the Middle East

41 79 637 1724
[email protected]

 

Thomas Perazzi

Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2031

[email protected]

RETROSPECTIVE: 2000 - 2020

Geneva Auction 8 November 2020