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  • Manufacturer: Richard Mille
    Year: Circa 2004
    Reference No: RM005-AF-WG
    Movement No: 019’047, 1355
    Case No: 1020
    Model Name: RM005-AF-WG
    Material: 18k white gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. RM-005, 32 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Rubber
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k white gold Richard Mille pin buckle
    Dimensions: 38mm width x 45mm length
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Richard Mille service invoice stamped Richard Mille Ginza, dated 1st April 2018 and travel pouch.

  • Catalogue Essay

    - Introduced in 2004, the RM005 is Richard Mille’s first ever automatic model and has since morphed into the quintessential Richard Mille model adored by dedicated collectors. As one of the earlier models created by the brand, it captures the essence of the Richard Mille spirit in its purest form, a “racing machine on the wrist” manifesting strong artistic and architectural dimension, technical innovations, and robust performance.

    - Inside the signature tonneau-shaped white gold case, the semi-skeletonized dial allows the wearer to glimpse into the watch’s mechanical brilliance. It used to be deemed impossible to use titanium as the baseplate since milling titanium is far more difficult and complicated than the usual brass or German silver, until the amazing feat has been accomplished by Richard Mille. The PVD treatment on the titanium baseplate also makes the assembly of the movement more challenging as the surface becomes highly prone to scratches. The RM005 is a fine example showcasing the brand’s mastery of cutting-edge materials and techniques.

    - The RM005 is also marked by the charming date window at the 7 o’clock displaying semi-instantaneous date-change and the inaugural variable-geometry rotor visible via the transparent case back, an invention that allows the movement’s winding mechanism to be optimized and personalized 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.

    - Presented in excellent condition, and accompanied by a Richard Mille service invoice and travel pouch, this present example presents a superb opportunity for the discerning collector.

  • 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-AF-WG
A desirable and attractive white gold semi-skeletonised tonneau-shaped wristwatch with center seconds and date

Circa 2004
38mm width x 45mm length
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

HK$200,000 - 400,000 

Sold for HK$635,000

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Phillips Watches Online Auction: The Hong Kong Sessions, Spring 2024

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