Monday, 24 August 2015

Richard Mille introduces the RM 69 Erotic Tourbillon, Proving the Brain is the Most Important Sex Organ (Yes, Seriously)

At Watches&Wonders 2015 Richard Mille will unveil the RM 69 Erotic Tourbillon, a wristwatch with three rollers that display a random, sexy statement.

Whereas erotic watches of yore had automaton doings naughty things, the Richard Mille RM 69 Erotic Tourbillon dispenses with the explicit and instead features a trio of titanium rollers with text on each. A pusher at eight o'clock spins the rollers, which then stop randomly, creating a presumably titillating phrase. Richard Mille terms this complication the "oracle", which supposes it has predictive powers. [Addendum: In response to the flood of questions, yes, this is for real and it will be launched at Watches&Wonders 2015.]

To prevent the hands from blocking the rollers in action, both the hour and minute hand swivel away from the rollers are activated. Like most other Richard Mille complications, the movement of the RM 69 Erotic Tourbillon is made by Renaud & Papi, the subsidiary of Audemars Piguet that specialises in such things. It is manually wound with, no surprise here, a 69 hour power reserve, while the bridges and base plate are coated with a black PVD layer.

Because the rollers take up all the space in the top of the case, the movement has been constructed with the barrel sitting directly below the tourbillon. The power reserve is located at four o'clock.

The titanium case measures 50mm long and 42.7mm wide, with a thickness of 16.15mm, almost exactly the same size as the RM011.

Slated to be officially introduced at Watches Wonders 2015 next month in Hong Kong, the RM 69 Erotic Tourbillon is a limited edition of 30 pieces. No price has been announced, but the $1 million ballpark is a safe bet.

Update Dec 21, 2015: The RM 69 is priced at SFr690,000, equivalent to US$696,000.