Richard Mille goes full steam ahead with the RM 67-02 Charles Leclerc prototype

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.

waving flag
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.

high hope
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.

Zenith Defy 21 Urban Jungle

Zenith’s high-speed Defy 21 fighter is ready to operate in large cities, and it is reported that he should be on duty in terms of military green fatigue.

The watch brand of LVMH Group showcased the novelty of 2021 in a week-long online event from January 25th to 29th. The new products Zenith will showcase include the new ceramic color of its fastest-produced chronograph Defy 21. Zenith Defy 21 is decorated with khaki green ceramics this year, ready to welcome the urban jungle.

Zenith was launched in 2017 to enhance the visibility of its legendary high-frequency El Primero chronograph movement with a new and faster movement that meets the expectations of the 21st century. Defy El Primero 21 increased the speed of the 1969 El Primero movement from 5Hz to 50Hz and increased the accuracy tenfold, from 1/10 second to 1/100 second chronograph reading. In order to keep up with the extreme speed of the movement, Defy 21 is equipped with a double escapement and a double barrel. At present, Zenith is the highest frequency chronograph in conventional production, and the modern Defy 21 case is naturally a candidate for high-tech materials. In the past three years, Defy 21 has appeared in titanium, carbon fiber and ceramic watch cases, including the wild ultraviolet model launched in 2020.

Green ceramic
Defy 21 was launched in 2021 in combat mode. The 44 mm tonneau-shaped case of the Defy 21 has an angular base and a round bezel. It is made of khaki green ceramic and has a sporty, non-reflective matte effect. In contrast, the rectangular pusher and crown are made of steel. The bottom cover is open and the waterproof depth is 100 meters.

Skeleton dial
The hollow dial can be overwhelmed during the first inspection. Starting from the circumference is a silver scale that tracks the lightning speed of the central chronograph second hand. The second hand of the white stopwatch revolves around the dial, and its zenith stellar balance can record the elapsed time, accurate to 1/100 of a second. The rhodium-plated hour markers are suspended from the black track, like the three central hands, all treated with Super-LumiNova.

The layout of the triple composite disc is as follows: two open sub-dials (silver 30-minute timer at 3 o’clock, black 60-second black timer at 6 o’clock), used to display timing information, and set there The tiny second hand. 9:00. Another indicator on the dial is the linear power reserve indicator at noon. Looking down at the complex landscape of the dial, you can see that the green part of the motherboard matches the case. swiss watches for men

Two regulatory agencies
In order to cope with the huge energy consumption of 50Hz (360,000 heartbeats per hour), the El Primero 9004 movement is equipped with two escapements. (You can see an escapement on the dial between 7 and 8 o’clock.) The chronograph function of the watch (hours, minutes and seconds) is adjusted by El Primero’s regular 5Hz frequency, while the chronograph is controlled by the second Each escapement is controlled at a frequency of 50 Hz. In order to keep the two independent escapements running smoothly, the movement is also equipped with two barrels, which can provide approximately 50 hours of power reserve without the use of a chronograph. Despite the speed, the chronograph has never been affected, and the movement has passed the Time Lab certified chronograph. Like other Defy 21 models, the rotor is a hollow star and is selected in green to match the case.


Case: 44mm diameter x 14.50mm height – microblasted matte green ceramic case and bezel – sapphire crystals front and caseback – 100m water-resistant

Dial: openworked – silver and black chronograph registers at 3 o’clock (30-min) and 6 o’clock (60-seconds) – small seconds at 9 o’clock – rhodium-plated markers and hands with Super-LumiNova SLN C3 – linear power reserve at noon

Movement: El Primero 9004 calibre, in-house – chronometer-certified by TIME LAB – automatic – 32.80mm – 53 jewels – 50h power reserve – dual regulating organ, one for timekeeping (36,000vph or 5Hz), one for the chronograph (360,000vph or 50Hz) – hours, minutes, small seconds, linear power reserve, chronograph with 1-second central hand (measuring the 1/100th of a second), 60-second and 30-minute counters – green mainplate and rotor

Strap: black rubber with green Cordura effect – microblasted double-folding titanium clasp

Reference: 49.9006.9004/90.R942