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The present lot is aptly named after Yohan Blake, the Jamaican sprinter of the 100 and 200 meter sprint races. Known by his nickname “The Beast”, Yohan Blake was the gold medal winner of the 100 m at the 2011 World Championship making him the youngest 100 m world champion at the age of 21. In 2012, he won the silver medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in both the 100 m and 200 m races. He has also created the YBAfraid Foundation to support the youth of Jamaica.
The RM59-01 is a fascinating case study as presented the unique challenge to create an exceptionally aerodynamic piece of absolute lightness and ruggedness to withstand the challenges of the track and not interfere with its wearer's speed. To that end, Richard Mille incorporated nearly weightless carbon nanotubes into the case, which absorb shock. Richard Mille notes that the inspiration for the asymmetrically-shaped case was 'an extremely light arrow... capable of cutting through air.' The balance wheel of the movement is designed to withstand the potential impacts of the track- or indeed, of an active daily life. The yellow, green and black color scheme of the watch pay tribute to Jamaica.
In the literature regarding the watch, Richard Mille evocatively notes that '[Blake] has no time to even glance at [the watch] during his 9.73 second state of grace, where he transcends time, real time, our slow time of minutes and hours.' The human achievement of unimaginable speed underscores the need for absolute precision, feats achieved by both the maker and the namesake of this piece.
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