Richard Mille’s 17 store managers in the United States will need sharp elbows to get to new watches this year, because the famously exclusive brand introduced only one model at this year’s SIHH.
A full half hour press conference was dedicated to a single timepiece, the RM 53-01 Tourbillon Pablo Mac Donough.
Argentinian Pablo Mac Donough is one of the world’s most famous polo players, and has been a friend of Richard Mille for several years.
His name has been given to the watch because it has been designed to withstand the terrifying impacts and shocks that professional polo players endure every time they saddle-up.
Richard Mille has designed the watch to be worn on the field of play, not just in the marquee bar. To ensure it survives, the piece is housed in a carbon TPT case with an ultra-tough laminated sapphire glass housing a tourbillon movement suspended within the case by 0.27mm thick cables strong enough to lift a small car.
The glass is so strong it will not crack if it is hit with a polo mallet. The suspended cable design means that the watch’s movement absorbs the G-forces of even the most violent impact.
The watch was presented on a rubber strap of the same color blue as the Argentinian flag.
Only 30 will be made costing $900,000 each.