Out Of This World: The Richard Mille RM 56-02 Tourbillon Sapphire, A $2 Million Watch Already Sold Out
It’s unlikely to find among the readers of our site the billionaires who can afford the watch that we chose to present in the following lines, but one can dream, right? And the common watch lovers can look at the timepiece presented below just as a work of art, as the probability of owning one is lower than to hold snow leopards as pets. However, even if you can afford it, don’t bother about it —it’s already sold out.
The Richard Mille watches are known as “the secret billionaire’s handshake”, as the brand is largely known only among the billionaires who can afford them. And with its lastest timepiece, the Richard Mille RM 56-02 Tourbillon Sapphire, Mille has taken watchmaking and watch prices to a new extreme: it comes in at a whopping $2,020,000.
A split-seconds chronograph tourbillon with a full sapphire case, the third hardness mineral known to men, the RM 56-02 has all the high-tech wizardry and physics-defying properties that make Mille watches such a status badge for the rich. Among the technical details for the connoisseurs, we mention that The RM 56-02 is about two main innovations: first, the unprecedented use of sapphire to create transparent components and second, the cable and pulley system that suspends the movement from the sapphire case. As if just having the sapphire case and components wasn’t enough, to complement the watch’s transparency, artisans match it with a translucent strap made from Aerospace Nano by chemical specialist Biwi SA.
To create one case for the watch it takes 40 continuous days of machining and an additional 400 hours of machining and finishing for the different movement bridges and it will take nearly two years of total milling time just to produce the necessary sapphire components for the 10 examples that are being produced (and sold out already).