A COLLECTION OF MODERN COMPLICATED WRISTWATCHES FROM AN AMERICAN COLLECTOR
Inspired by Formula 1 racing and composed of over 500 parts, the split second chronograph function is extremely desirable among racing aficionados, as it enables the wearer to simultaneously time two distinct events.
The RM008 movement went through subtle changes in the pursuit of horological precision. Richard Mille intended for the individual pieces of the powerful chronograph movement to move in sync, with consistent and isometric movements to avoid the negative impacts of inertia - specifically the impact of starting and stopping the chronograph function due to the mass of the hands and gears. Small adjustments to the movement combined with new materials and new technologies led to a second version of the RM008, which virtually eliminates the jumping action of the chronograph hands.
Though changes to the RM008 were minimal, they did widely affect the production run of the model. The present lot, with the movement number 13, represents one of less than 30 RM008 V1 models to the best of our knowledge. With this significant change in production, V1 models are extremely rare dating from 2006 or earlier.
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