Wednesday, March 21, 2012
When Spanish tennis ace Rafael Nadal is not putting his Richard Mille Rafa RM 035 watch through sheer torture on the tennis court, 33 year old American golfer Bubba Watson is swinging his new RM 055 Bubba Watson across the golf courses of the world.
The new model is inspired by the RM 038 Bubba Watson tourbillon watch presented in 2011. Its mechanical movement in grade 5 titanium reveals a whole lot of skeletonisation, with a PVD- and Titalyt® treated baseplate and bridges. We are told that combination provides the whole structure with optimum rigidity and excellent surface flatness for the gear train. This in turn enables the RMUL2 movement to be capable of withstanding accelerations of over 500-G’s. More than enough to accommodate Bubba's best golf drive, which averages 315 yards.
The ATZ bezel is made from tubes of aluminum oxide powder injected at a pressure of nearly 2,000 bars. ATZ is known for its high scratch-resistance (1,400 Vickers) and its unchangeable colour. Next to a diamond, it is one of the hardest materials in the world. It requires long and intricate machining using diamond tools to create a perfect example of this complex, curved bezel and the silky smooth satin finish.
The case middle and back bezel are in grade 5 titanium with a protective white rubber casing. The rubber is injected at high pressure around the titanium components, to insulate the movement from all vibrations. Which explains why a Richard Mille watch can take such a pasting on the wrist of top sportsmen and still remain supremely comfortable to wear.
A worthy successor to the RM 038 Bubba Watson, the new RM 055 is a highly technical and precise timepiece for the left hander known for his tremendous long drives across the world's most famous greens.