Richard Mille - The Geneva Watch Auction: XVI Geneva Saturday, November 5, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Richard Mille
    Year: Circa 2005
    Reference No: RM005-AE TI
    Case No: 647
    Model Name: RM005
    Material: Titanium
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 005-01, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Rubber
    Clasp/Buckle: Titanium Richard Mille deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 45mm length, 38mm width
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Richard Mille Warranty, fitted box, extra leather strap, Richard Mille titanium pin buckle and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Richard Mille announced his first watch, the RM001 Tourbillon, in 2000 and has ever since remained true to three key concepts driving the passion, which helped redefine modern horology: the best technical innovations, the best artistry and architecture with the best heritage and fine watchmaking craftsmanship. Mille sought to create wristwatches that were 21st century masterpieces, employing cutting edge materials and techniques, but remaining steeped in traditional Swiss watchmaking.

    In 2004 Richard Mille introduced the RM005 which was not only its first automatic timepiece but also its first non-complicated model.

    Non complicated did not mean simple, as the watch featured a titanium baseplate. The brand had to research and invest in the right type of tools to produce the movement. The challenge was not simply designing these baseplates, but also the methods required in their production. The watchmakers had to be extremely careful not to mark the PVD treatment while assembling the movement.

    This model also inaugurated the exclusive variable-geometry rotor, an invention that allows the movement’s winding mechanism to be optimised and personalised to the owner’s lifestyle by adjusting the six-position rib placement setting.

    This patented mechanism modifies the rotor’s inertia, either speeding up the winding process in the case of minimal arm and hand movements or slowing it down when high activity sports are pursued.

    From circa 2005, the present RM005 is not only one of the earlier examples made but represents a milestone in Richard Mille’s history.

  • 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. RM005-AE TI
A very rare and attractive semi skeletonized titanium tonneau-shaped wristwatch with warranty and presentation box

Circa 2005
45mm length, 38mm width
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

CHF30,000 - 60,000 

Sold for CHF126,000

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+41 22 317 81 81

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Head of Sale, Geneva
+41 22 317 96 63

The Geneva Watch Auction: XVI

Geneva Auction 5 - 6 November 2022