Richard Mille RM 50-01 Lotus F1 Team Romain Grosjean
Kicking off with one of the most F1 inclined brands about. Richard Mille’s ties to F1 and motor racing in general have been ingrained into its identity since its inception in 2001. Holding formal partnerships with the McLaren Honda team, the Haas F1 team, Filipe Massa, Jenson Button, Romain Grosjean and previously Jules Bianchi – who sadly passed away in an accident during the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix – as well as the now defunct Lotus F1 team.
During RM’s partnership with the Lotus team the company launched the RM 50-01. A manual winding tourbillon produced in a limited edition of 30 pieces; it featured a chronograph, crown function indicator and g-force sensor complications. And was, naturally, created in collaboration with the F1 team, “specifically” for aforementioned then-Lotus driver Romain Grosjean.
The RM 50-01’s bezel and caseback are NTPT® carbon (NTPT stands for the namesake company, which produces the material: North Thin Ply Technology), giving the front and back of the case its wood grain-like pattern. The laminate carbon composite used comprises layers of isotropic carbon fiber sandwiched together at 45-degree angles. Richard Mille is the first and is still the only watchmaker to use this particular form of carbon composite in watchmaking.