Richard Mille fake has donated a lightweight, race-ready model for Monaco-born Formula 1 driver Charles Leclerc in a tribute to the roots of next month’s charity auction.
Next month will see the return of the Only Watch charity auction, one of the most anticipated days in the watchmaking calendar. The ninth edition of the biennial event will take place in Geneva on Saturday, November 6 at 2pm local time, bringing together 54 watch brands and offering 53 lots. In addition, the proceeds from the auction will be used to study Duchenne muscular dystrophy. One of those brands is, of course, Richard Mille.
The innovative Swiss watchmaker has decided to donate a striking timepiece that pays homage to the auction’s Monaco roots. After all, the event is sponsored by Prince Albert II of Monaco, and Luc Pettavino, founder of Only Watch, is also president of the Monaco Association for the Fight Against Myopathy, which is based in Monaco and has benefited from the €70 million raised. The first eight auctions.
For this year’s auction, the Les Breuleux-based brand will donate the RM 67-02 Charles Leclerc Prototype, an ultra-lightweight Cheap watch built for the Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 driver from the Principality of the Côte d’Azur.
This time-only watch stands out for its skeletonized dial, hands and movement, with an X-shaped, 0.4mm thin titanium dial hand-painted in the red and white colors of the Leclerc flag.
The lines of the dial echo the ultra-flat automatic CRMA7 movement below, whose main plate and bridges are also machined from grade 5 titanium with a stealthy black and grey DLC treatment.
The openworked winding rotor, visible through the display caseback, is made of a mixture of carbon TPT and white gold. It uses the brand’s OneWay winding system and ceramic ball bearings to efficiently wind the fast-spinning high-performance mainspring barrel.
The 47mm x 39mm case is made of white and red quartz TPT. Cutting edge and highly shock resistant, these cutting edge composites are exclusive to Richard Mille cheap and feature a dynamic textured appearance due to stacked layers of quartz fibres moulded from resin at high temperature and pressure.
Additionally, to further enhance the colour scheme, the RM 67-02 Charles Leclerc Prototype features a stretchy seamless “comfort strap” with a red fabric finish. It’s designed to fit the contours of any wrist and is the lightest strap the brand makes.
The presence of the strap, the use of TPT composite material, and the fact that the dial, main plate and bridges are made of grade 5 titanium all contribute to the fact that this watch only weighs 32 grams.
Richard Mille has supported Leclerc for over a decade, watching him progress from junior karting all the way to Formula 1 in 2018. According to the brand, Leclerc wore the RM 67-02 prototype and even helped the brand test new technological solutions for subsequent models.