Richard Mille RM 053 Watch Hands-On

Richard Mille RM 053 Watch Hands-On

Richard Mille RM 053 Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Richard Mille follows in Jaeger-LeCoultre's footsteps (sort of ) by creating a watch specially designed to be worn while playing polo. Jaeger-LeCoultre did this over 80 years ago with the Reverso, and now Richard Mille has the RM 053. While the Reverso was about flipping around the case to protect the crystal from shock, the RM 053 is about minimizing the dial (vulnerable area) while angling it towards the wearer like a driver's watch. Why anyone needs to wear a watch while playing polo is still a huge mystery to me. That does explain why the RM 053 will be part of a very limited edition of just 15 pieces.

The full name of this watch is the Richard Mille RM 053 Pablo Mac Donough. According to Richard Mille it was Mac Donough who had the idea. Mac Donough is an Argentinian polo player, and "partner of" the Richard Mille brand. I guess he pushed hard enough to have this watch made. In all titanium, the RM 053 is meant to be like a case of armor, putting the dial out of the way, and protecting it. Yes, it still has a tourbillon.

Richard Mille RM 053 Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Richard Mille RM 053 Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The coolest part of the watch is easily the RM053 movement. It is inclined to a 30 degree angle and looks as such when seen through the rear sapphire caseback window. You've never quite seen a movement that looks like this. The tourbillon is visible through the dial to the left under the seconds hand. Not too easy to see, but it is there. The movement is manually wound and has 48 hours of power reserve.

Reading the watch is done via the hour and minute hands on the right dial and the seconds on the left. The deep view into the movement is nice, but the legibility could have been improved if the Richard Mille included a full set of hour markers, not just some of them. For their size, the hands are rather easy to see, and both the hands and hour markers have applied lume. If anything saves this watch it is the view into the movement.

Richard Mille RM 053 Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Richard Mille RM 053 Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Those familiar with Richard Mille know of their pledge to put tourbillons in activities where they do not belong. Here, the case of the RM 053 is said to be rather shock resistant, but I personally wouldn't want to test it on my dime. The case is 50mm tall by 42.70mm wide and 20mm thick. For having such a small viewing area this is still a lot of watch. Of course, you need to make it clear you are wearing a Richard Mille right?

Then there is the matter of the design. Each of the dials flows out of the case with two arches behind them. The result is what looks like cleavage on the case. Either chest or rear cleavage - you decide for yourself. If the crack isn't enough to make you smile, the beady eye style dials should. This watch even looks like the head of a funny little robot that I really want to make my own. This is easily one of the strangest Richard Mille watches around and there will only be 15 of them.

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  • Kris C

    I was out of town last night, and on my ride in from a new place I past the filming set forThat is all.  the new RoboCop movie. This watch belongs there; it looks like the really ugly and stupid looking ‘future’ cars they have built for the set by adding extra panels and crappy paint jobs to real cars. That is all.

  • stevej2001

    I used to play polo (at the lowest skill level possible) and I think this is crazy. There’s lots of impact in polo although considerably  less so on the left hand. And, as the author has noted, there isn’t any point in checking one’s watch during a ‘chucker.'(what a period of play is called in polo) There’s a big time clock that tells you what you need to know.I’d have to say this is just a stunt. On the other hand there are some really rich folks in high level polo (which I am not!) who probably have nothing better to do than spend their money on whatever. I agree that the front view is hideous but the back is really cool. It’s hard to imagine that it’ll stand up to impact, though. 

  • joeprez

    Hmmmm cleavage….. Cool concept, not practical.

  • This reminds me of an Azimuth Mr. Roboto watch… except that one is actually priced at the level of “novelty horology”.

  • Ulysses31

    It’s hard to read.  A moot point, since i’d be too embarrassed to wear this.  The backs are almost always great looking on RMs, it’s the fronts they seem to struggle with regularly.  It’s not ugly persay, just looks like a bland piece of machinery, like it fell off a truck or something.

  • Hellbeard

    Oh my, That’s gorgeous!

  • nateb123

    Polo?  Pssssh.  Make a tourbillion watch for hockey players and put it on a 4th line checking centre.  I’ll be impressed with these stupid watches when it can take a few games of abuse from that.

  • Henry Miller

    Richard Mille: “Yes, Pablo?”Pablo: “Hey Richard, Hold Muh beer and design a watch for me!”Interesting as a design exercise – of very little use in the real world.

  • MarkCarson

    FuglyWhat is next? A boxing watch? Of course it will be covered by the boxing gloves, but it also would have to be impact resistant and equally useless. ‘Cuse me while I check the remaining time in this round. Hold the left hooks for a moment if you please…”

  • really a wonderful watch and it have a complex mechanism.and i really love the watches which are complex.anyway love its design.Watch Repair Zone