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    Sale 2392

    Important Watches

    29 November 2007, Hong Kong

  • Lot 2673

    RICHARD MILLE. A FINE AND LARGE TITANIUM SKELETONISED TONNEAU-SHAPED AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH WITH CENTRE SECONDS AND DATE

    SIGNED RICHARD MILLE, MODEL "RM005 FELIPE MASSA", NO. 052/300, MOVEMENT NO. 2104, CIRCA 2005

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    RICHARD MILLE. A FINE AND LARGE TITANIUM SKELETONISED TONNEAU-SHAPED AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH WITH CENTRE SECONDS AND DATE
    SIGNED RICHARD MILLE, MODEL "RM005 FELIPE MASSA", NO. 052/300, MOVEMENT NO. 2104, CIRCA 2005

    Cal. RM-005 titanium lever movement, 32 jewels, Glucydur balance adjusted in 5 positions, unidirectional titanium rotor with 6 positional adjustable geometry and tungsten/cobalt-alloy segment, the skeletonised dial with painted Arabic numerals, outer minute scale with luminous dot markers set into a yellow frame, luminous hands, centre seconds, eccentric aperture for date, in curved tonneau-shaped case with bezel secured by eight milled titanium screws, glazed display back secured by four milled titanium screws, reinforced case band and rubber clad crown, together with a titanium Richard Mille buckle, case, dial and movement signed
    45 mm. total length


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    US$20,000-25,000
    EUR15,000-19,000

    Accompanied by a Richard Mille presentation box with outer packaging, Warranty and spare grey satin strap.

    A veteran in the watch industry, Richard Mille began his career in 1974 as a commercial director for one of the world's largest watch companies where he remained for 20 years. In 2000, he started developing his own timepieces, inspired by the perfection found in the world of automobile and aviation. His line of watches includes a specially developed tourbillon escapement, the innovative technical choices applied to the design of this sophisticated mechanism required thousands of hours to develop. In August 2001, Richard Mille launched his first watch, the Tourbillon RM001, and quickly followed by the Tourbillon RM002, a further improvement of its predecessor featuring a titanium date and function indicator. In 2002, Mille introduced the Tourbillon RM003 with dual time indication.

    The main feature of the present watch is its variable geometric rotor. This exclusive Richard Mille design allows the rewinding of the mainspring to be adapted most effectively to the user's activity level whether it be sporting or non-sporting environments. By adjusting the setting of the rib's placement, the rotor's inertia is modified to either speed up the winding process in the case of leisure arm movements, or slow it down when sporting activities are pursued. As a result, this invention allows the movement's winding mechanism to be personalised and optimised to the owner's lifestyle.

    The RM005 Felipe Massa was developed in collaboration with the Brazilian Formula One racing driver Felipe Massa. Massa had been wearing the watch during numerous testing sessions and races, most notably the Turkish Grand Prix in 2006 where he enjoyed podium position.