Richard Mille RM 67-02 Sprint & High Jump Watches

Richard Mille RM 67-02 Sprint & High Jump Watches

Richard Mille RM 67-02 Sprint & High Jump Watches Watch Releases

Richard Mille enjoys a close association with many of the world’s top athletes. And with the 2017 World Championships in Athletics due to take place in early August in London, Richard Mille has announced a pair of special watches for two of its newest ambassadors, Olympic medallists Mutaz Essa Barshim and Wayde van Niekerk. These new watches are called the Richard Mille RM 67-02 High Jump and RM 67-02 Sprint, for the athletes' respective events.

Richard Mille RM 67-02 Sprint & High Jump Watches Watch Releases

Richard Mille RM 67-02 Sprint & High Jump Watches Watch Releases

Before we talk about the watches, it is necessary to talk first about Richard Mille’s newest ambassadors. Mutaz Essa Barshim is a Qatari high jump specialist and currently holds the national record and Asian record in high jump with a best mark of 2.43 meters. He won a silver medal at the 2016 Olympics. On the other hand, Wayde van Niekerk hails from South Africa and is the current 400-meter world record holder, world champion, and Olympic champion. He also holds the world's best time in the 300-meter. And that’s not all, as he is also the only sprinter in history to have run the 100 meters in under 10 seconds, the 200 meters in less than 20 seconds, the 300 meters in less than 31 seconds, and the 400 meters in under 44 seconds.

Richard Mille RM 67-02 Sprint & High Jump Watches Watch Releases

Richard Mille RM 67-02 Sprint & High Jump Watches Watch Releases

Impressive athletes for sure, but surely also impressive are the new Richard Mille RM 67-02 Sprint and High Jump watches. The RM 67-02 is based on the earlier Richard Mille RM 67-01 (hands-on here) and can be said to be the sports version. The two RM 67-02 watches have the same movement as the RM 67-01, but have different cases that have been designed specifically for the two athletes.

Richard Mille RM 67-02 Sprint & High Jump Watches Watch Releases

Richard Mille RM 67-02 Sprint & High Jump Watches Watch Releases

The two Richard Mille RM 67-02 watches weigh just 32g each, which makes them Richard Mille’s lightest automatic watches ever. This is achieved thanks to ultra lightweight materials used throughout the watch. The brightly colored top and back sections of the case are made out of super light but strong Quartz TPT, as we have seen before in watches such as this RM 35-02 watch for Rafael Nadal, while the case middle is made out of Carbon TPT. But that’s not all. The screws used to secure the case are made out of Grade 5 titanium and so are the base plates and bridges used in the movement.

Richard Mille RM 67-02 Sprint & High Jump Watches Watch Releases

Richard Mille RM 67-02 Sprint & High Jump Watches Watch Releases

It also helps that the RM 67-02’s case is rather petite (for a Richard Mille, at least). Case diameter is 38.7mm and 47.5mm lug to lug. Thickness is a scant 7.8mm, making it one of Richard Mille’s thinner watches. Water resistance is only 30m, so it should be able to withstand sweaty athletes - if not much more liquid than that.

Richard Mille RM 67-02 Sprint & High Jump Watches Watch Releases

The two watches are actually identical and only differ in terms of colors, which - even though they might look more like flavors of ice cream - represent the flags of the athletes' countries. The Richard Mille RM 67-02 Sprint, which was made for Wayne van Niekerk, is decorated with the colors of the South African flag and features a bright green case with yellow accents. On the other hand, the Richard Mille RM 67-02 High Jump, made for Mutaz Essa Barshim, is decorated with the colors of the Qatari flag and features a deep red case with white bands.

Richard Mille RM 67-02 Sprint & High Jump Watches Watch Releases

Richard Mille RM 67-02 Sprint & High Jump Watches Watch Releases

Powering the two watches is the caliber CRMA7, a skeletonized self-winding movement that is made mostly out of titanium. The rotor is made out of Carbon TPT to reduce weight, but the ends are made out of white gold to ensure winding efficiency. The movement has a very technical and somewhat industrial look, but it is actually very highly finished with micro-blasted sinks and anglage, gray and black electro-plasma treatment for the baseplate and bridges, circular finishing on the wheels, and more as is to be expected from Richard Mille.

Richard Mille RM 67-02 Sprint & High Jump Watches Watch Releases

One of the interesting things about Richard Mille's association with top athletes is that, as is famously the case with Rafael Nadal, part of the deal is that the watches are worn during the actual athletic events, which subjects them to uncommon tests of their durability. This is all the more striking considering the average price of a Richard Mille watch, and that tradition continues with these two new watches. The overall styling is bright and brash, but that is the point for so many of the brand's watches, and you cannot deny that the specifications are impressive - 32g for a self-winding watch is remarkable. You can expect to see these watches on the wrists of Mutaz Essa Barshim and Wayde van Niekerk at the 2017 World Championships in Athletics, which will take place in London from August 5 to August 13. The Richard Mille RM 67-02 Sprint and High Jump are priced in the UK at £116,000 with taxes. richardmille.com

What do you think?
  • I love it! (8)
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  • I want it! (1)
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  • BrJean

    Come on RM! Why don’t you add altimeter complication to ‘High Jump’ and split-second chronograph to ‘Sprint’?

    • Or a chronograph to time your gag reflex.

  • SuperStrapper

    These straps… just the worst. Literally. A NATO would be preferable, and just typing that is such bile.

    Also: case is 7.8mm thick but the crown looks like is about 8.5mm in diameter. So I’m sure that’ll be nice and comfy. Due to low weight.

    • Raymond Wilkie

      I to in this instance would prefer a nato strap, my loathing of them is no secret.

  • BNABOD

    No really No.
    Again with the candy cane watches/ please stop already RM. I don’t see how anyone outside of SA or Qatar would wear anything like this and if they do I can’t help ask but WHY.
    The movement side is nicely finished but overall it is so clichet so hideous so wrong I am lost for words.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2cbc537599e7f36723902832768f509bb19a83538e6e1a3866d579c33809659e.jpg

    • WINKS

      Because it makes a great Sweet Sixteen gift watch in that part of the world…

    • Mikita

      Quatar sheikhs give these RMs to treat their peasants.

    • Coert Welman

      Very few South African’s can afford these. You can buy a very nice house in most middle-class suburbs for the price of one of these.

  • Phil leavell

    I’m starting to go into convulsions.
    My eyes are burning
    If I see one more ugly over price watchs
    I’ll puke
    Please for the love of God give us a real watch. Please something that looks decent has a proper face on it rear display case nice bezel clean lines.
    Not like these
    Wrist turd’s ????????????????????????

    If not how about something from a flea market or gumball machine

    • Moonraker

      We need all units, we’ve code a Code Blue Box 6 medical emergency. I repeat: all units, CODE BLUE BOX 6!

      • Phil leavell

        It’s okay it’s okay I’m back up,
        I spent a couple hours in jewelry stores looking at real watches. I’m dazed and I’m weak but I think I will recover
        Thank you Moonraker

      • dennis

        And more coming

  • Mikita

    Nice new Chupa Chups!

  • Mikita

    How much lick resistance does it have?

  • Raymond Wilkie

    These are two of the gaudiest watches i have seen in some time.

    • proudAmerican702

      +1. I guess when you become “Stupid Rich” you’re supposed to buy “Stupid Ugly” watches????

      • Raymond Wilkie

        I believe you can tell a lot about a man and the watch he chooses to wear wither it be cheap or expensive is never an issue with me, it’s all about style. Needless to say, i wouldn’t want to know the owner of one of these. I have a feeling we shouldn’t get on.

  • WatchNeophyte

    Just totally gross. Never understood how a company like Richard Mille stays in business making watches like these. Totally unnecessary and uglier than Betty.

  • Moonraker

    Sorry, Qatar guy. South Africa guy is much more impressive. I just don’t get making a watch for a guy who hasn’t won gold (at least not yet). Why not make a Swim watch for the guy who lost to Michael Phelps? Or Football watches for the Buffalo Bills of the early ’90s?

    • DanW94

      Die-hard Bills fan here…Ouch!!

      • Berndt Norten

        Mr Bill’s not a Bills fan.

      • Moonraker

        Did I say Bills? I meant Minnesota Vikings of the mid ’70s.

        • Berndt Norten

          Will no one stand up for the CFL?

    • Coert Welman

      Chad le Clos (the guy who lost to Phelps) is also South African. Two different SA watches would have been a tad awkward.

      • Moonraker

        Then they could go with Laszlo Cseh.

  • R.O. Ferrer

    halloween’s three months away and abtw’s going full skeleton week.

  • egznyc

    The naming conventions seem as random as the color choices. Oh and boy am I glad they’ve made these very lightweight – the better to forget you’re wearing one. If you were crazy enough to spend six figures on one in the first place.

    • F4DE

      The colors depend on where the athlete is from

  • Sheez Gagoo

    I remember when RM was a serious brand…

    • Mikita

      Was it?

    • Bossman

      I don’t.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    I can’t look at these much longer.

  • Lawrence

    It is okay okay, not crazy about it. That design is getting old

  • Mark1884

    Just ugly & stupid.
    Away with you.

    • Berndt Norten

      Be out, damned spot! Garish stain on our horological brains.

  • Juan-Antonio Garcia

    What is most impressive is that there are actually (clowns) buyers for these things. Bad taste is as expensive as good taste.

  • Brosan55

    Part of the Garish Collection I presume?

  • Sam Soul

    Insanely expensive and ugly.

  • DanW94

    RM’s obviously a talented watchmaker capable of producing beautifully crafted watches but these bubble gum flavored pieces that look like they were designed for 11 year-old girls ain’t two of them.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Wouldn’t you know, there all sold out.

  • Mikita

    Maybe the worst two pieces of whorological crap I’ve seen this week. I must admit – RM are very serious at what they do: how to spoil the resources and skills of craftsmen on some of the ugliest, garishest, vulgar Invicta-like nonsense for $150k+.

  • Jose Miguel

    I was trying really hard to find “something” to like in these watches… But, that final repertoire of pictures of these Purple cabbage & Iceberg lettuce looking watches killed any hope.

    Box no.6 [+1]

  • Ranchracer

    Who buys these monstrosities???

    • Mikita

      Nobody. These are sold out.

      • Phil leavell

        Oh I guess they only made the two ………lucky us

      • Berndt Norten

        Who told you that? L……?

        • Mikita

          Some guy who called himself Onaicul

  • Dénes Albert

    What really irks me with RM is the unfulfilled potential. They have all the technologies to make really great sports watches and elect to churn out these abominations instead. Imagine, for example an Omega Planet Ocean built with these materials, water resistant to say 500m, with a diameter of 40-42mm, a thickness of 11-12mm, weight well under 100 grams, great lume and RM’s shock resistant movement. Automate production, increase volumes, slap on a mid-four figure price tag and you could end up with a luxury sports watch offering the physical resilience of a Casio G-Shock _and_ a prestigious mechanical movement.

  • JF Schnell

    For that money I prefer a visit to South Africa… RM please put yourself together… and make nicer watches

    • Coert Welman

      It is a lovely country and with our poor exchange rate, quite cheap as well.

  • Word Merchant

    In the interests of research, I’ve just had a good look at the RM website and I find there are two major problems with RM watches: looks and price.

    • Berndt Norten

      That’s the most thorough, honest and conscientious review of a RM product to appear on this or any other site.

  • commentator bob

    “Had a Muller but I switched it for a Mille. . . Cause I’m richer”

    • Moonraker

      a BrelluM? 🙂

      • Berndt Norten

        Lois Chiles or Barbara Bach? You must choose

        • Moonraker

          Definitely Barbara Bach.

    • Berndt Norten

      Ferris Muller’s Mille-Off

  • Pete Pete

    would be great to see some real life photos instead of those rather crude renderings of these abominations. it’s kinda fun to point out all of the imperfections in the finishing of an ugly watch with a six digit pricetag and comparing it to a grand seiko. as we always do.

    • Sam Soul

      Rafael Nadal has his own RM watch edition like these (yellow and red). You might see his when he plays tennis… unless he finds a wristband to be more useful (and elegant).

  • Tim

    I have never seen an RM that I liked. However, that Maroon colored one looks ok. Definitely would not spend the money on it if I had that kind of money.

    • daveyah2002

      As you get older violet, purple, maroon and similar become ‘more attractive’. This could be ‘that time’ : )

  • Ulysses31
  • Phil

    I was going to buy an RM, but I’m worried about the 30m WR.
    If I take it off to go swimming at the gym, someone would rob it from my locker.

    • Sam Soul

      Rob it… and wear it?? Or sell it… to whom??

    • daveyah2002

      I wouldn’t pick it up if you left it on the locker door with a ‘please steal me’ note attached

  • Lincolnshire Poacher

    Beauty, form, and function. Along with the sophistication of stealth wealth. These qualities are not what RM is after.
    Rather RM is after a watch that is utterly distinctive in shape, colour, and dial style. Such that no one who meets you could mistake the it for anything less than a $100,000 plus watch.
    Being a $100,000+ watch, it’s technically impressive, especially the shock resistance. But that’s not what sells it.
    Too cynical?

    • No, not at all. Add a second helping.

    • Berndt Norten

      No, too kind. A bit more cruelty (in the right measure) might be in order….

      • Lincolnshire Poacher

        Oh.. Okay then. How about: ridiculously overpriced, garish, and a modern emperors ‘no clothes’.

        • Berndt Norten

          There! That’s better!

    • daveyah2002

      I guess if you have to have something to openly brag about your wealth then this watch is perfect.

  • daveyah2002

    To me this is a guy making money but wasting his talent.

    • Hydra

      What talent? Mille is no watchmaker… Just a marketing guy

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