Watch of the Week: Richard Mille RM 36-01

Richard Mille takes to the track with another Tourbillon de Force

In the watchmaking world, Richard Mille is a force to be reckoned with. Counting tennis champions, athletes and polo players among its creative partners, the luxury Swiss brand has always sought out ambassadors of the highest calibre — working closely with such individuals to create its inimitably innovative timepieces.

And the latest partnership to speed onto the scene is no different. To further develop the g-sensor technology introduced in its RM 036, Richard Mille has joined forces with Sébastien Loeb — the most successful driver in World Rally Championship history. Loeb’s winning ways have seen him endure his fair share of g-forces, so who better to lend their name to the Maison’s latest tourbillon?

The RM 36-01 Sébastien Loeb features a rotary g-sensor directly connected to the bezel and sapphire glass. A technical breakthrough, it enables drivers to view both lateral deceleration as well as longitudinal forces, and can indicate forces of up to six g’s.

And that’s not the only trick this motorsport watch has up the sleeves of its race suit. A case crafted from carbon nanotubes keeps weight down, a high-contrast titanium dial promises unrivalled visibility and a function selector allows drivers to switch between winding, neutral and hand-setting functions in the same way they would use a car’s gearbox.

It’s a watch designed for speed, and one that has shifted tourbillon technology up a gear. But we’re not surprised; in industry innovation, Richard Mille have always been the driving force.

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