Richard Mille’s RM 50-04 Tourbillon Split-Seconds Chronograph costs a whopping $1,063,000. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, since it is a limited edition dedicated to Finnish F1 driver Kimi Raikonnen, and his Alfa Romero racing team. There will only be 30 pieces of the ‘Manual Winding Tourbillon Split-Seconds Chronograph Kimi Räikkönen’. Over a career of 18 years, he has been crowned F1 world champion in 2007 and has racked up 103 podium finishes, including 21 firsts.
This piece is extremely lightweight and durable, and pays tribute to the ‘Iceman’ as Raikonnen is popularly known. Much like him, the watch keeps cool under extreme conditions. It is cased in white Quartz TPT, a material pioneered by North Thin Ply Technology (NTPT), produced by interlaying 600 layers of 45 microns thick silicon with a white matrix, heated to 120 °C. The pushers, crown, and middle part of the case are produced using a similar material dubbed Carbon TPT.
The dial uses grade-5 titanium as its base, featuring an outer red tachymetric scale. It has a tourbillon/running seconds display toward the bottom of the dial, and a 30-minute chronograph subdial toward 6 o’clock. The dial has a small ‘7’ towards the bottom of the dial signifying the 7 as worn by Räikkönen while competing. The watch weighs just 7 grams, is water resistant to 50 metres, and is shock resistant to 5000 GS. It comes with a bright red strap, and high resistance-to-weight ratio, non-allergenic properties, and great UV ray resistance.
Kimi Raikonnen wore this watch for the Singapore Grand Prix on September 20, 2019. Raikonnen was very excited about this watch since it symbolized “guts, technological prowess, and above all, having fun.” He said these were the three most important features of an F1 race.