For Richard Mille, there is more to life than watches. There are also straps —as witness the latest of these, which completes the RM 67-02.
Technical drawing of the Velcro® straps designed for Rafael Nadal
For over a decade, Richard Mille partners have amassed a stunning record of performances while wearing their watches, in no small part because these t like a second skin. Also, the ergonomics and wearer comfort of watches remain a constant concern of the brand.
Technical drawing of the rst Richard Mille rubber strap designed for Felipe Massa
Since the brand first launched, athletes have been at the heart of research and development efforts. The ergonomics of straps, how they are affixed to the case, and the materials used to make them are all the subject of uncommon scrutiny, ensuring their ability to withstand the most punishing conditions. The first ever ‘bespoke’ watchband was designed for Felipe Massa, who wanted a rubber strap that would maximise air ow. The elegant design of this accessory—made of hypoallergenic material— presents wide louvers that echo and extend the lines of the case without jeopardising its 20-kilo mechanical resistance, and has proved a lasting success. A few years later, Rafa’s RM 027 was to receive a double-closure Velcro® strap. Flexible, comfortable and vibration resistant, its totally reliable closure enabled a customised t. These qualities were to catch the attention of another Richard Mille partner, Formula 1 driver Romain Grosjean, as freeing him up to wear his watch outside his overalls.
Richard Mille Comfort strap fully extended
The new comfort strap is Richard Mille’s response to all the high-level athletes out there who feel they have a right to expect maximum comfort during their exertions. To meet this challenge, the engineers studied one of their key accessories: shoes. Lightness, support and the transmission of sensation—the footwear studies yielded precious information processed by Richard Mille to provide the innovation of this seamless woven bracelet which requires no buckle for closure. A special weave guarantees high elasticity, accommodating a wide range of movements. It also offers optimal breathability, avoiding any risk of slippage on the part of the watch subjected to intense forces. Lastly, it would be hard for a band to be lighter than this buckle-free strap reinforced with titanium inserts where it joins the case.
The comfort band created in 2017, is the lightest ever Richard Mille strap
Scale of the drawings 10/10 for a strap in size M
Rubber, polyurethane, Velcro® and more... every material used at Richard Mille is exhaustively scrutinised for its flexibility and reactions to temperature variations. We owe it to each of the champions we work alongside that, regardless of their discipline, we can guarantee the flexibility, comfort and hypoallergenic qualities of their watchbands.
Technical drawing of honeycombed polyurethane strap mounted on the RM 35 Chronofiable® Rafael Nadal