For The Love of Todt

Richard Mille RM 050 Jean Todt 50th An­niver­sary

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The pres­i­dent of the FIA, Jean Todt, has been a close friend of Richard Mille for years. In a gal­lant ges­ture of friend­ship and grat­i­tude, Richard Mille made three mod­els for Todt, com­mem­o­rat­ing 50 years of au­to­mo­tive pas­sion and an ex­cep­tional track record. All lim­ited edi­tions, the RM 11- 03, RM 050 and RM 056 Jean Todt se­ries come with ex­cit­ing tech­ni­cal en­hance­ments rang­ing from move­ment im­prove­ments and never-be­fore-seen case ma­te­ri­als. In par­tic­u­lar, the RM 050 Jean Todt 50th An­niver­sary dons a vi­brant blue case fash­ioned out of quartz TPT. This is an ex­tremely light but strong com­pos­ite material ob­tained by stack­ing 600 lay­ers of 45-mi­cron-thick sil­ica, and in­ject­ing it with blue resin, be­fore heat­ing at 120 de­grees cel­sius. The white streak­ing ef­fect is nat­u­ral and ar­bi­trary, so ev­ery case is slightly dif­fer­ent.

The watch has a tour­bil­lon move­ment with a split­sec­onds com­pli­ca­tion, cal­i­bre Rmcc1, which is sim­i­lar to the move­ment of the RM 008, but bet­ter. Specif­i­cally, it is 20 per cent lighter and the split-sec­onds mech­a­nism is more en­ergy ef­fi­cient. Only five of these have been made, ex­clud­ing the one al­ready on Todt’s wrist, so if you’re look­ing to make a state­ment, look no fur­ther. richard­ ≠

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