Richard Mille the Tourbillon Prototype Yohan Blake
A unique piece for Only Watch 2013
Richard Mille is delighted to donate a unique piece to Only Watch for the 2013 auction as the brand has been a dedicated and unwavering supporter of Only Watch since its creation. The watch being donated is the Yohan Blake Tourbillon Prototype which Yohan Blake wore at the 2012 London Olympics Games where he won three medals and also at the Diamond League in Lausanne where he won the 100m and became the third fastest sprinter of all time over distance, beating his personal best.
"This prototype, which was worn by Yohan Blake during the London Olympic Games, created an enormous amount of media attention. It is a unique piece based upon the RM 038 but adapted to Yohan Blake’s specifications. This watch has experienced the joy of the podium and shared the spotlight with the gold and silver medals won by Yohan. It is truly a piece of historic importance." said Richard Mille
By placing a tourbillon watch on Yohan Blake's wrist during the Olympics Games- a first in the history of sprinting- the brand was able to test the resilience of this exceptional and unique piece in extreme conditions, assessing its performance and comfort when faced with typical racing constraints.
This tourbillon prototype in the colour of the Jamaican flag features a green flange and crown, yellow minute-markers and a yellow Velcro® strap that contrasts with the all white case. The case with 19 jewels and beating at 3Hz, has its baseplate, bridges and balance cock made of grade 5 titanium.
The case of this prototype is made of an extremely rugged and light alloy called magnesium WE 54, one of the lightest metals used in construction and has excellent property retention capacities at elevated temperatures.
After a long and delicate machining phase, theses alloys are given a new electro-plasma oxidation treatment called Miarox®, improving both the durability and scratch resistance of this alloy as well as its wear and corrosion properties.
The Tourbillon Prototype was designed for sprinters who appreciate Haute Horlogerie, cased in high-tech materials to withstand extreme conditions.
- Manual winding tourbillon
- Functions: hours, minutes
- Dimensions: 48 x 39.70 x 12.80 mm
- Power reserve: circa 48 hours
- Baseplate, bridges and balance cock made of grade 5 titanium
- Fast rotating barrel
- Barrel pawl with progressive recoil
- Winding barrel teeth and third-wheel pinion with central involute profile
- Balance: Glucydur, 2 arms, 4 setting screws, inertia moment 11.50 mg.cm2, angle of lift 53°- Frequency: 21,600 vph (3Hz)
- Case: made of magnesium WE54 with Miarox® treatment
- Spline screws in grade 5 titanium for the case and bridges
- Anglage and polishing by hand
- Unique piece
Estimated retail price: 450 000 to 500 000 Euros