Yohan Blake is a Jamaican sprinter and world class athlete. Blake took the silver at the 2012 London Olympic Games in both the 100 and 200 meter races. As a result of his performances on the track, he has been given a very fitting nickname, “The Beast.” For Blake and his fellow Jamaican teammates, efficiency is key; make it from one end of the track to the other as fast as humanly possible. An easy comparison can be made between these athletes and the automotive industry. Everything for both athlete and supercar is refined to the point of perfection. Training and engineering, endurance and horsepower all combine to produce the super athlete and the supercar. It is only fitting that Richard Mille, a watch maker that has pulled so much inspiration from the automotive industry, creates a watch in honor of Yohan Blake and his athletic achievements. On a side note, Richard Mille himself has a pretty impressive car collection, ranging from a Ferrari 512M to a Lola T70.
The Tourbillon Richard Mille Yohan Blake timepiece effortlessly combines form and function with efficiency that cannot be matched.
The Tourbillon Richard Mille Yohan Blake is designed around one thing, efficiency. The baseplate, which is made of grade 5 titanium, is remarkably rigid and corrosion-resistant. This material allows the gear train to function effortlessly. But this timepiece is far from bulky. The casing was designed with minimum weight in mind. It is encased in a translucent composite composed of injected carbon nanotubes, making it completely resistant to shock while keeping the watch remarkably light. These tubes are also 200 times more resistant than steel and they are even more resistant to impact than carbon fibre, thanks to their unique structure. The automotive industry might want to take note.
The power reserve is a convenient 48 hours and it is enhanced by the fast rotating barrel. The barrel of the RM Yohan Blake has an impressive 6 hours per revolution instead of 7.5 hours. This feature creates two huge advantages: enhanced performance and provision of an excellent mainspring delta curve.
Finishing off this remarkable timepiece are the Sapphire Crystal faces, each side maintains an anti-glare coating. Of course the RM Yohan Blake is done in Jamaica’s national colors, yellow and green. In fact, Yohan Blake himself sported a fully customized version of this timepiece during his silver medal races in the 2012 London Olympic Games. The Tourbillon Richard Mille Yohan Blake timepiece effortlessly combines form and function with efficiency that cannot be matched. Whether you’re speeding around the track on foot or behind the wheel, the RM Yohan Blake is the only timepiece that belongs on your wrist.
Movement dimensions: 30.50 mm x 28.70 mm
Thickness: 5.20 mm
Tourbillon diameter: 10.90 mm
Balance wheel diameter: 9.12 mm
Number of jewels: 19
Balance wheel: Glucydur, with 2 arms and 4 setting screws, moment of inertia 11.50 mg- cm squared, angle of lift 53°
Frequency: 21,600 vph (3 Hz)
Balance spring: ELINVAR by Nivarox®
Shock protection: KIF ELASTOR KE 160 B28
Case: Grade 5 Titanium
Price: Available Upon Request
Where to buy: Richard Mille