Archive for January, 2013

Richard Mille and Yohan Blake Introduce the RM 59-01 Tourbillon Watch

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

(images from Richard Mille & Hondikee)

At the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie ‘SIHH‘ 2013 Richard Mille introduced the RM 59-01 Tourbillon, Yohan Blake’s new timepiece.  Yohan Blake was in attendance for the big event.

Hondikee reports:

“The RM 59-01 has an asymmetrical case (50mm x 43mm x 16mm), shaped to be aerodynamic for a sprinter like Blake, who favors his watch a droit. The case is, as you would expect, a lightweight composite and the handwound tourbillon movement is built to take the enormous shocks and G-forces that result from being sliced through the air on the arm of an Olympic sprinter.

Beyond the considerable technical prowess, the 59-01 has stylistic cues that refer to the man they call “The Beast.” Aside from the Jamaican yellow and green, the movement itself has so-called “Beast bridges,” which are splayed out to resemble a claw, a nod to Blake’s trademark running style, with his fingers ripping through the air.”

The RM 59-01 is limited to 50 pieces.

Also Watchprosite.com has a great piece on the watch entitled Talking with the Yohan Blake on Richard, Racing, and the ‘Resolve of the Beast’

In this article not only do they discuss the amazing look, feel and design of the new master timepiece, but the writer and Yohan also discuss the future of the Richard Mille watch that he wore at the Olympic games in London:

“When asked about the Olympic final watch now that the RM059 is ready, I was told that later on this year, the watch that is part of Olympic history (and showed how corporate the Olympic Games have become) will be auctioned off. I think that there will also be some provenance to go with it in terms of documentation. Despite some wealthy individuals in Jamaica (and beyond) making offers for the watch, it is Yohan Blake’s wish (and Richard’s for that matter) that the watch be auctioned off to provide funds for Blake’s own foundation and charity: “YB Afraid to Dream” (http://ybafraid.com). Growing up in poverty, Blake wants to give something back, to give others the chance that he was fortunate to receive. The money will go for the underprivileged children to help support their education, their well-being, the promotion of opportunities for their future. The auction will be sometime this summer, and Yohan Blake hopes that generous watch enthusiasts will step forward to bid.”

Photo source: Watchprosite 

Jamaican Sprinter and Richard Mille Partner Yohan Blake Pays a Visit to the Swiss Jura

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

After two busy but very enjoyable days spent on the Richard Mille stand at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva, which opened on Monday 21st January, the highly successful Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake travelled to Les Breuleux on Wednesday 23rd January to visit the Richard Mille premises and immerse himself in the atmosphere of this temple devoted to fine watchmaking.

Accompanied by his personal staff, the current 100 m world champion set off to meet Richard Mille’s team of watchmakers in the Swiss Canton of Jura on Wednesday morning, discovering the workshops where the brand’s exceptional and acclaimed creations are produced. The manufacturing director, Yves Mathys, had the privilege of showing Yohan Blake around the production facilities and, at the end of the visit, the sprinter signed autographs – on running shoes, of course! – to the delight of the RM watchmakers.

This was not the first time that the 23-year-old Jamaican, winner of a handful of medals at the London 2012 Olympics, had visited Switzerland. Indeed, it was in Lausanne that he became the third greatest sprinter of all time on August 23rd 2012 by winning his 100 m race in 9.69 seconds. Beating his personal best by six-hundredths of a second, he confirmed his remarkable talent as well as his potential to smash records.

Like the other illustrious sporting partners who make up the ‘RM Family’, Yohan Blake has developed a specific calibre with Richard Mille: a watch designed for sprinters the world over. Premiered at the 2013 SIHH, the RM 59-01 Yohan Blake is an ergonomic, high-performance tourbillon watch that features a unique architectural structure.