• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 12572

    Important Watches

    30 May 2016, Convention Hall

  • Lot 2462

    RICHARD MILLE. A FINE AND RARE TITANIUM AND CERAMIC TONNEAU-SHAPED SKELETONISED WRISTWATCH WITH SWEEP CENTRE SECONDS

    SIGNED RICHARD MILLE, BUBBA WATSON MODEL, REF. RM055 AO TI/609, CIRCA 2014

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    RICHARD MILLE. A FINE AND RARE TITANIUM AND CERAMIC TONNEAU-SHAPED SKELETONISED WRISTWATCH WITH SWEEP CENTRE SECONDS
    SIGNED RICHARD MILLE, BUBBA WATSON MODEL, REF. RM055 AO TI/609, CIRCA 2014
    Cal. RMUL2 mechanical movement, 24 jewels, skeletonised dial, luminous dot numerals, sweep centre seconds, tonneau-shaped case, bezel secured by 12 screws, glazed display back secured by eight screws, titanium and rubber clad crown, titanium Richard Mille double deployant clasp, case, dial and movement signed
    42 mm. wide.
    US$57,000-90,000


    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    Contact the department

    With Richard Mille Warranty dated 23 September 2014, instruction manual, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

    In 2011, Richard Mille took on the challenge of create a watch for golfers and, working with the PGA Tour player and double Masters winning golfer Bubba Watson, created the RM038, specifically designed to withstand the incredible g-force generated with a club is swung to drove a golf ball at nearly 200 mph.
    From its crystal and case to its movement and strap, every single detail of the watch is engineered so that it has the lightest weight possible to ensure comfort and reliability to the wearer while being in the demanding environment of golf course.
    In 2012, Richard Mille decided to make improvements on its original design and created the present lot, RM055, also known as the baby Bubba Watson. The case of this particular watch uses different materials to ensure that it can withstand even greater impact. The front bezel of the watch is made of ATZ - an aluminum-zirconium-titanium that can provide superior strength, toughness and scratch resistance. The band of the case is made of grade 5 titanium with a rubber casting that will absorb any vibrations caused by the impact of the motion of a golf swing. The movement of the watch is a further refinement by its predecessor by eliminating unnecessary materials from the baseplate and bridges. As a result, the movement only weighs a mere 4.3 grams.
    The present lot is a fine example of how the young watchmaker Richard Mille brought creativity and innovation to the world of horology, using advanced materials or provided the greatest resilience in the most challenging arenas.