Flash News: Richard Mille Felipe Massa 10th Anniversary Limited Editions
By Thierry Ané on June 23, 2015
For Richard Mille ambassadors are more than just marketing tools used to increase the brand’s visibility: the brand only builds partnerships with leading figures who share the same values as the man behind this luxury watch brand. Not only do these associations grow stronger with time, they are also a critical component of the brand’s research and development.
With the tennis French Open just behind us, the highly fruitful collaboration with Spanish professional tennis player Rafael Nadal obviously comes to mind but there is another high-profile sportsman that has been a brand’s “friend” for a while now: Felipe Massa. Indeed, the Brazilian Formula One racing driver who currently runs for Williams was the first sporting figure to have joined the Richard Mille family 10 years ago.
A decade of collaboration is undoubtedly a milestone worth celebrating and, for the occasion, the most high-tech watch brand of the industry is unveiling no less than two stunning limited edition models: the RM 011 Flyback Chronograph Felipe Massa 10th Anniversary as well as the RM 056 Tourbillon Split-Seconds Felipe Massa 10th Anniversary!
Among Richard Mille’s creations the “RM 011” has reached a true iconic status. This self-winding chronograph with flyback function is probably the most successful model of the brand and, off the top of my head I could probably quote at least 30 different versions of this model powered by the RMAC1 calibre, a movement also featuring an annual calendar with a large and characteristic date window at 12 o’clock.
For this anniversary version limited to 100 pieces, it has been placed in an NTPT Carbon case (one of the brand’s latest trendy materials) and is mounted on black rubber. The black-coloured skeleton dial is enhanced by a dark blue minutes track and a yellow tachymeter scale. These two colours have also been used for all the dial’s indications as well as for the number 19, Felipe’s race number, replacing the usual “12” and for the outline of the date window designed like racing stripes.
With just 10 units produced, the RM 056 Tourbillon Split-Seconds Felipe Massa 10th Anniversary will be even more exclusive. The exceptional model is driven by the manually-wound RMCC1 calibre featuring a tourbillon escapement and a split-seconds chronograph but what everyone will notice first is the stunning tonneau-shaped case crafted in sapphire crystal.
Through such an exceptional frame, the watch enthusiasts will be able to admire almost all the 500 individual components forming this amazing movement mainly crafted in titanium. Here again, blue and yellow accents are used to adorn the skeleton dial: a blue tachymeter scale and a yellow minutes track are paired with red and yellow hands. On both models, Felipe Massa’s signature appears as a transfer on the case back.
The RM 011 Flyback Chronograph Felipe Massa 10th Anniversary and the RM 056 Tourbillon Split-Seconds Felipe Massa 10th Anniversary are perfect timepieces to celebrate this long-lasting partnership in general and the amazing career of a racing driver that has now achieved 40 podiums…
For more information please visit the Richard Mille web site.