Two brand new limited edition sports watches have been revealed from Swiss luxury watchmaker Richard Mille to honor two acclaimed Olympian athletes
Newly revealed by Swiss luxury horologists Richard Mille, the RM 67-02 High Jump and the RM 67-02 Sprint honor the legacy of two new ambassadors who are exceptional Olympic athletes, Qatari high jump champion Mutaz Essa Barshim and South African track and field sprinter Wade van Niekerk respectively.
These watches are the latest versions of Richard Mille’s RM 67-01 timepiece. They feature the same movement, but boast new, revamped cases designed specifically to reflect each sportsman’s prowess. Weighing in at a mere 32g, they are ideal sports watches, as well as being the lightest automatic watches ever created by Richard Mille. The watchmaker achieved this by using ultra-light materials when creating these new models. Quartz TPT was used to form the colorful top and back part of the case. This composite material is made up of alternating layers of silica fibers. Each layer is filled with colored resins making the material strong, light, rigid and colorful. The middle of the case is made from Carbon TPT and the screws used to secure the case, plus the base plates and bridges, are all made from Grade 5 titanium.
Both Barshim’s RM 67-02 High Jump and Van Niekerk’s RM 67-02 Sprint have other notable features, such as a skeletonized self-winding movement that is made almost entirely out of titanium with elements of Carbon TPT plus even some gold. The watches are quite small in size: the case has a diameter of 38.77mm and a width of 47.5mm. They are also relatively slim at just 7.8mm thick.
Each of the limited edition timepieces sports the colors of the Olympian’s country’s flags – aside from their color, they are almost identical in every way. These watches will be worn by Van Niekerk and Barshim when they compete. In fact, Van Niekerk wore his watch in London earlier this month, at the IAAF World Championships.