Although Rosberg and Hamilton Hamitlon once again took the first and second Grand Prix in Austria this weekend, Formula One welcomes Massa back on the podium. That was the 40th podium for the Brazilian driver’s career, and Richard Mille sent a timely gift to his long-time friend. To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the partnership with Felipe Massa, the luxury watchmaker announced a special series of RM 056 and RM 011 timepieces.
As early as 2005, Massa was the first ambassador to join the Richard Mille family. In the same year, the Swiss brand released RM 006 Felipe Massa. That year, the Brazilian driver became the leader in watchmaking history and became the first person to wear a tourbillon watch in F1 season. This is not a small technical feat for mechanical watches that are subjected to extreme gravity.
Since then, Massa has been conducting the ultimate test on RM watches, putting them on the track and lending their names to some of the brand ’s best watches, including the RM011 Felipe Massa Flyback Chronograph, which is the most complex function of a watch One, as well as Richard Mille RM 056 Massa sapphire.
“My watch was conceived and manufactured in the spirit of F1 technology, the same way as a car,” Mille explained.
To celebrate the success of one of Hyundai’s most beloved F1 drivers, the brand revisited these two models, with a special “tenth anniversary” series inspired by the colors of Felipe Massa’s racing cars. The flange, transmission, pusher and crown are decorated in blue and yellow, respectively.
The RM 056 tourbillon is presented in a superb case, made of a single piece of sapphire, with a cutting and polishing time of not less than 1,000 hours. The transparent case allows the mechanical beauty to be realized, including the second hand chronograph controlled by the function selector, power reserve and torque indicator.
At the same time, the iconic RM 011 has undergone some minor changes. Felipe ’s game number 19 has been subtly modified to suggest 12 on the sapphire dial. This movement is entirely made of grade 5 titanium and is hand-refined. It has an annual calendar, a 60-minute flyback chronograph and countdown function. It is assembled in the NTPT® carbon fiber case to commemorate this anniversary edition. It is a unique material of Richard Miller.
Exclusiveness defines this “tenth anniversary” series. RM 056 will only produce ten pieces, while RM 011 will be limited to 100 pieces. Felipe Massa’s signature is inscribed on the back of both.
«For me, this is an incredible moment, but the whole team also felt this. The team has a long history and we will continue to build on it. This is a special day, »Felipe Massa said after the game. He may have been talking about F1, but there is no doubt that if asked about the brand he proudly wears on the podium, Massa will say the same thing.
With the mid-season approaching, Massa is currently ranked sixth in the World Drivers Championship with 62 points. www.chronosale.co