Richard Mille: A strengthened friendship

Theirs is a history of trust which is constantly evolving.

Indeed, the natural catastrophe that affected the island and its inhabitants in September 2017 has merely accentuated Richard Mille’s desire to support the growth of this pearl of the Caribbean. That is why he has taken on the role of title partner of the regatta for the 10th edition. Competitive sailing shares the ideas peculiar to Richard Mille by combining extreme performance, cutting-edge technology and a strong artistic dimension in line with the discipline’s traditions. “There is a genuine link between watchmaking and sailing. Many hours of R&D are required to design a Mille watch, and like boats on drawing boards and in shipyards, our watches are created by hand from man’s passion and know-how”, explains Richard Mille.

In order to reach nigh on unprecedented levels of performance, the company from the Jura department in eastern France has studied the most innovative materials, which hail from the latest technological advances in yachting, to make exclusive Richard Mille materials from it such as TPT® carbon, which now forms part of a number of the models from the collection. The Richard Mille expertise in diving watches has asserted itself through the creation of several models including the RM 025 Tourbillon Chronograph, the RM 028 Automatic – a special edition of which has been created in honour of Les Voiles de St Barth Richard Mille – and the RM 032 Chronograph. The brand has resolutely confirmed the importance of the marine environment in its collection, notably with the RM 60-01 Chronograph Flyback Regatta, presented as a limited edition in the regatta’s colours in 2015. It is driven by an automatic RMAC2 calibre made of grade 5 titanium and a 55-hour power reserve with a variable inertia balance wheel, Flyback chronograph functions, an annual calendar and a large date and UTC display. The RM 60-01 facilitates navigation thanks to its special rotating bezel, punctuated by four cardinal points and a 360 degrees graduated disk with a 24-hour counter. What sets this watch apart from other navigation timepieces is a capacity to orientate the wearer in both the northern and southern hemispheres.

Les Voiles de St Barth Richard Mille is paying tribute to these extraordinary creations. To celebrate this partnership, the winner of this top-flight competition will win a highly exclusive “RM 60-01 Chronograph Flyback Regatta”.