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  • Manufacturer: Richard Mille
    Year: Circa 2021
    Reference No: RM39-01 AN Ti Aviation
    Model Name: RM39-01
    Material: Grade 5 titanium
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. RMAC2, 62 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Rubber
    Clasp/Buckle: Titanium Richard Mille pin buckle
    Dimensions: 50mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Richard Mille warranty, instruction manual, product literature, card, folder, four extra rubber straps, travel case, outer packaging and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The 21st century have witnessed a rapid rise for independent watch manufacturers, although no other brand has made a larger impact than Richard Mille. Since its establishment in 1999, the firm has been creating some of the most fascinating timepieces with their innovative approach to fusing ultra-modern cutting-edge materials with traditional Swiss high end watchmaking principles. Having established a cult-like following in recent times, Richard Mille timepieces are among the most sought after by collectors today.

    In 2013, the firm released the RM39-01 featuring a bold oversized round-shaped case made in grade 5 titanium, which is commonly used in aircrafts and jets, featuring a dual time flyback chronograph complication with day and month indication. Aviation has always been an important element to Richard Mille and the RM39-01 was the firm’s creation to satisfy their expectations to create a chronograph as complex as possible that would meet the requirements of the most experienced pilots as a professional flight navigation instrument. However, the most defining feature on the watch is the E6-B slide rule which was first invented in the 1930s by Lieutenant Philip Dalton of the United States, requiring no power supply making it an extremely safe tool for pilots. Featuring a fixed bezel and a bi-directional rotating bezel marked with complex indications, it allows the wearer to track and calculate fuel consumption, ground speed, flight time, density altitude and wind influence all converted to their respective unit of measurement. Secured with an innovative locking crown, the component implemented prevents accidental activation of the chronograph eliminating risks of miscalculation.

    The present example Richard Mille RM39-01 is offered in excellent “like new” overall condition and is further complete with its full set of accessories including four additional rubber straps to satisfy the new owner. Furthermore, this is the first example of the reference to be sold at a PHILLIPS auction and with the ever rising demand for Richard Mille timepieces, this present example is a great opportunity for collectors to acquire this impressive dual time flyback chronograph wristwatch.

  • 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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Property from an Important Asian Collector

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Ref. RM39-01 AN Ti Aviation
A very fine, unusual and oversized grade 5 titanium semi-skeletonized dual time flyback chronograph wristwatch with date, month, 60-minute countdown, E6-B slide rule bezel, locking crown, warranty and presentation box

Circa 2021
50mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

Estimate
HK$775,000 - 1,550,000 
€83,900-168,000
$99,400-199,000

Sold for HK$1,197,000

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2031
[email protected]

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XII

Hong Kong Auctions 5-6 June 2021