An extremely fine and very rare, lightweight translucent composite limited edition skeletonised tourbillon tonneau-shaped wristwatch with original warranty and fitted presentation box

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  • Manufacturer: Richard Mille
    Year: Circa 2013
    Reference No: RM59-01 AN CA
    Movement No: 16
    Case No: 23/50
    Model Name: RM 59-01 Yohan Blake
    Material: Translucent composite composed of injected carbon nanotubes
    Calibre: Mechanical, RM59-01, 19 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Green Richard Mille rubber strap
    Clasp/Buckle: Titanium Richard Mille folding double deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 42 mm. width
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Richard Mille Warranty dated October 2013, instruction manual, wallet, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Richard Mille is becoming the master of cutting edge watch manufacturing and selecting the most talented sports personalities in the world to collaborate with. First, the watch community was mesmerised by the Nadal, Baba Watson and now the present lot, the Yohan Blake.

    Limited to 50 pieces only, the Yohan Blake is one of the most iconic watch designs in recent memory. The watch is unbelievably lightweight and was designed for Yohan Blake, the second fastest man in history and one of the leading athletes of our time. The bridges spanning the movement are designed to evoke the claws of 'The Beast', Yohan Blake's nickname and embodies the colours of his Jamaican homeland.

    The case is perhaps the most striking elements of this watch. The shape has a thickness and tapering extension between 2 and 5 o'clock, preventing any rubbing of the torque-limiting crown against the wearer's wrist, making it extremely comfortable to wear. The case itself is made from a translucent composite injected with carbon nanotubes, which makes it extremely resistant and is 200 times more resistant than steel, thus making the case incredibly light. The movement itself is very complex and features a manual-winding tourbillon and a 48 hour power reserve. A skeletonized titanium baseplate is used which is a very light, rigid and highly corrosion resistant material. The baseplate and bridges are subject to intensive validation tests to optimize their resistance capacities. Overall, an exceptionally unique, good-looking and complicated lightweight sports watch, which is one of the greatest on the market today.

  • Maker Bio

    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. RM59-01 AN CA
An extremely fine and very rare, lightweight translucent composite limited edition skeletonised tourbillon tonneau-shaped wristwatch with original warranty and fitted presentation box

Richard Mille,極精細及非常罕有,半透明合成物及纳米碳管,酒桶形鏤空陀飛輪腕錶,“RM 59-01 Yohan Blake”,型號RM59-01 AN CA,限量生產,附證書及盒子,約2013年製

Circa 2013
42 mm. width
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$2,000,000 - 3,600,000 

sold for HK$2,320,000

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
thomasperazzi@phillips.com

Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
ziyongho@phillips.com

Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
jillchen@phillips.com

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