Richard Mille RM 70-01 Tourbillon Alain Prost ‘Cycling’ Watch

Richard Mille RM 70-01 Tourbillon Alain Prost ‘Cycling’ Watch

Richard Mille RM 70-01 Tourbillon Alain Prost 'Cycling' Watch Watch Releases

Today, Richard Mille debuts their first watch aimed squarely at the world of cycling (it even comes with a bike when you buy it). It is the RM 70-01 Tourbillon Alain Prost, and with its interesting "swoosh" case design, seems to have answered the question of "what if Richard Mille made one of those hand-held tally counters" – like the ones often used by event door men to count the number of people attending. It will be the ritzy modern-looking "super watch" brand's latest toy to get its fans talking about the brand, as well as an exciting new look by the brand into the world of cycling.

Richard Mille RM 70-01 Tourbillon Alain Prost 'Cycling' Watch Watch Releases

Richard Mille RM 70-01 Tourbillon Alain Prost 'Cycling' Watch Watch Releases

This is going to be one of those weird and very rare Richard Mille watches everyone spends a few weeks asking why Richard Mille decided to make 30 of them, and whether or not the brand is losing their mind. In a few years from now, people will be remarking on the genius of the watch, all but forgetting their initial skeptical reaction to it. I can't imagine how the entire concept of the watch didn't begin as the product of a phone call between Richard Mille and Alain Prost, with one of them bringing up, "how do we make a watch for when you are on a bicycle. Why is there no Richard Mille tourbillon for cycling?"

My regret (as someone who likes bicycles) is that the innovation (outside the design – which might be the real winner here) in the watch is an incremental digital counter which Richard Mille relates to being like an "odometer." Don't overthink this. A panel on the dial has five rollers and is the display of the "totalizer." Basically you manually enter each mile (or whatever you want to count) on the "horological odometer" and be on your merry way. Richard Mille says for example that cyclists can manually enter each mile they rode after the fact. How are they going to learn this? Probably by referencing a digital device that is recording the numbers of miles traveled – and that can keep track of this information anyways.

Richard Mille RM 70-01 Tourbillon Alain Prost 'Cycling' Watch Watch Releases

Richard Mille RM 70-01 Tourbillon Alain Prost 'Cycling' Watch Watch Releases

Richard Mille no doubt has other (let's imagine they are nefarious) uses in mind for this totalizer complication. What if this were a watch for hit men or mercenaries to track their body counts? Or what if something much more mundane happens and people who own one of these rare luxuries will enjoy the uncommon experience of this exotic fidget spinner allowing you to count as high and pretty much anyone can in one sitting... and then resetting the total to zero. C'mon, it is about as cathartic as idly spending time on a casual smartphone game.

Richard Mille isn't ignorant of the fact that the totalizer isn't the most exciting innovation in the world of watches, but they do stress the upsides suggesting that the rollers align very precisely, that the system is designed to prevent "accidental manipulations," and a lock to ensure overall stability. In other words, Richard Mille wants you to know that the process of pressing in digit after digit via the case button is going to feel incredible for all those tactile mechanical button fetishists (we know who we are).

Richard Mille RM 70-01 Tourbillon Alain Prost 'Cycling' Watch Watch Releases

Richard Mille RM 70-01 Tourbillon Alain Prost 'Cycling' Watch Watch Releases

It wouldn't be a novel Richard Mille sports watch without a tourbillon, which the RM 70-10 isn't missing. The manually-wound 3Hz tourbillon-escapement caliber RM07-01 movement has 70 hours of power reserve and indicates just the time. Most of the movement architecture is produced from titanium, and its appeal is very much in the design. Again, this watch is supposed to be the prestigious super high-end lifestyle sports watch maker's first foray into the world of cycling (which, mind you, is only modestly tapped by the luxury watch industry today), so it needed to be as on-theme as possible.

Richard Mile actually took inspiration from bike pedals for the design of the movement – which you can sort of see. The movement offers just the time, but also has a discreet power reserve indicator near the tourbillon. The "Mechanical Odometer" is technically its own system and can measure up to 99,999 Km (or whatever else you'd like the numbers to represent).

Richard Mille RM 70-01 Tourbillon Alain Prost 'Cycling' Watch Watch Releases

Richard Mille RM 70-01 Tourbillon Alain Prost 'Cycling' Watch Watch Releases

On the wrist, the Richard Mile RM 70-01 Alain Prost isn't something I've yet seen, but the curved case looks compelling. It is produced from Carbon TPT, which offers that cool Damascus steel-style organic layered look. This is because, like layered steel, this case is machined pieces of layered carbon. The titanium case is 49.48mm wide, 54.88mm tall, and 17.65mm thick. This isn't the first asymmetric Richard Mille watch (I think one of the Yohan Blake models was), but the RM 70-01 is certainly the first that will catch most people's attention.

Note as well that this is "exclusively" a "lefty watch," which of course means the RM 70-01 is designed to be worn on your right wrist. This is because the shape means that the crown isn't going to poke into your hand. This is especially an issue given the arm and hand position of a cyclist, where without a design such as this, a painful crown could be an issue. It remains to be seen how many people like this watch and also happen to be those people who wear watches on their right, versus left wrist.

Richard Mille RM 70-01 Tourbillon Alain Prost 'Cycling' Watch Watch Releases

While I am not sold on this complication having too much of a future, I think this new case design will be revisited for future Richard Mille watches, and I look forward to trying it on for myself. I think it is a smart move for brands like Richard Mille to court cycling enthusiasts as another rich crossover area where people who also like watches seem to hang out. While we aren't seeing car racing-inspired watches going away anytime soon, it sure feels good to see a bit more variety. With this expensive purchase, Richard Mille wants to make sure that you'll be in their bicycle club with a "gift" that is a limited edition Colnago C60 road bike (in matte black carbon fiber, of course). The Richard Mille RM 70-01 Alain Prost is a limited edition of 30 pieces, with a price of $815,500 USD each. richardmille.com

What do you think?
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  • Framlucasse

    Next model, the “Lance Armstrong Formula 1” watch…

    • MeaCulpa

      Well that would be a TAG Heur then, they are the sponsors of The Lance Armstrong of F1 aka McLaren.

      • Were. TAG Heuer sponsors Red Bull, and Michael Kors sponsors McLaren nowadays.

        • Pete L

          I think he means the Lance Armstrong of F1 because they cheated 😉 lol

          • All F1 teams cheat.

          • MeaCulpa

            Well most team aren’t stripped of all construction points due to the largest cheating scandal in the sport. That Hamilton, having won all his points in a car that was the result of that cheating, was allowed to keep his driver’s points and almost winning the drivers championship his rookie year was baffling.

        • MeaCulpa

          Aaaah! McLaren, just when you think you reached peak dislike, they up their game!

    • Pete L

      Brilliant lol. Maybe we could also get the Dwayne Johnson ballet watch and Her Majesty the queen bungee jumping watch……..

      • Raymond Wilkie

        Treason !

    • COTD.

  • Sheez Gagoo

    Oh dear…it looks like it already crashed. A Picasso watch. A kind of miscarriage. Senna is laughing in it’s grave.

    • Tea Hound

      Very definitely post crash. Would like to see the version before it buckled on impact.

    • Well, Senna used a Steel/Gold absolutely hideous TAG Heuer Link or F1 (can’t remember which), so he has no right to laugh at Prost’s watches.

  • Mischa

    Who on their right minds is going to cycle with one of these strapped on? Stopping at every mile to increase the counter. Is it manually wound merely to emphasize the lack of an engine in a bicycle? Finally, like @framlucasse:disqus said, the majority of people associate Alain Prost with F1, not cycling.

    The shape is interesting. Make it left and right wearable. Drop the silly tourbillon and useless counter. Add a chronometer. Slash the ridicule price tag. Then it might actually be an interesting and serious proposition.

  • Pete Pete

    until today I really thought rm watches couldn’t get any uglier. boy was I wrong.

  • Tim Archer

    Where can we indicate a “thumbs down?”

    • Framlucasse

      A good question!

    • TrevorXM

      Well you see, this tells you a lot about what you need to know about this site, doesn’t it?

    • Berndt Norten

      Just post a 6??

    • MeaCulpa

      I do believe that “interesting” should be interpreted as a proxy for bad/thumbs down/wtf and all other unpleasantness.

  • Mikita

    Impossibly ugly.

    • Pete Pete

      not for rm… you know, “Richard Mille products are all about pushing the envelope of possibility.”

      • Mikita

        Full vomit bag of possibilities…

  • Luciano

    $815,500 and you cannot wear it in the wrist of your choice. It’s so wrong in so many ways…

  • BNABOD

    So sad but someone will buy this monstrosity

  • Jerry Davis

    I am an avid cyclist. No, Just no.

    • Tea Hound

      I suppose if you’ve paid off all your debts, helped your family out, bought the perfect bike, kitted it out to the necessary level, got trained by the best professionals, been all over the world with it, had worn parts replaced (on you and bike), bought a backup bike, had that all kitted out too, and done everything bike-related you’d ever want to do with whoever you’d want to do it, and still have $815k cash left, then this watch makes a lot of sense.

  • Norbs K

    An ugly as hell watch, but the complication is interesting.
    Although not seeing the point of the manual odometer.
    The price is outrageous. Whoever buys this watch, deserves a “Rich Idiot” medal.

    I really don’t know now which is better. This or the Wryst Motors MS3 in this months giveaway.
    Both of them are ugly, unreadable and useless.

  • TrevorXM

    So you have to manually enter whatever km you rode yourself on your watch after getting the info off an electronic device to keep track of this? It is completely useless. What a terrible world we live in where there are fools who have so much money that they don’t deserve and didn’t earn, that Richard Mille can plan to build and sell 30 of these at $800k a piece.

    • SuperStrapper

      Universal income supporter identified.

      • MeaCulpa

        Well, one can be a capitalist at heart and still believe that capitalism has some undesirable or unpalatable effects.

        • SuperStrapper

          In theory, certainly.

        • joe Shmoe

          you’re trying to make a rational point to superstrapon?

          • TrevorXM

            superstrapon — that is awesome. You have summed up this insect’s entire online persona on here. That’s why I have blocked him and don’t see or read anything he says. POST OF THE YEAR, Joe Shmoe!

          • joe Shmoe

            superstrapon is still trying to fight with 2 people who can’t even see his drivel. i would expect no less…

  • PollyO

    Everything that is wrong with humanity captured, distilled and forged into a monstrosity that is offensive to anything that has ever called itself a watch.

  • IanE

    Oh no, yet another rich-yob watch from RM. How he must laugh at his customers!

  • Ummm…nice bike….

  • DL

    This will be remembered as the moment RM “Jumped the Shark.” Can’t wait to see who wears it on the Tour next year.

  • Looks like it would be really brutal worn on the left wrist.

  • Berndt Norten

    YCBS, ABTW. 6?? to the 1??8??2??

  • Adi Lungu

    perfect! finally!!!! now i can ride my $800 bike wearing a $800k watch….

  • Sam Soul

    Er… You mean Alain Prost has been paid $815,500 USD to wear that watch?

  • Middle

    So the dude modeling a million dollar watch can’t afford to iron his shirt for promo pictures?

    • Tim Archer

      That’s a good observation. The shirt just came out of the package, hence the fold lines.

    • That dude is Alain Prost, he probably can buy RM if he wanted.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Swoosh,……………and it’s gone.

    • Pete Pete

      hope it won’t come back.

  • imageWIS

    The Cartier Pasha already had a golf totalizer that could keep track of four different golf scores in the 1980’s… who is RM kidding with this thing??

    • Brian

      Glashütte Original also has a counter watch. But I think it only goes to 99.

    • MeaCulpa

      The Pasha also feels exactly like the watch somebody with an RM today would have worn in the 80’s.

    • Yeah – golf stroke counter is what I thought of too.

  • Tim Archer

    I just have to add that there are many people who have more money than taste, and there are companies like RM who are clever and take their money with a smile.

  • Ranchracer

    RM = “Rich Moron”

    • Mikita

      Comment of the year!!

  • palettj

    That crown looks like a Nazi Swastika.

    • cs

      Yes! 800k and no money left for designers with historical awareness.

    • Sheez Gagoo

      Führers choice.

      • Brian

        I love that coffee.

        • Sheez Gagoo

          Very brown.

          • Brian

            The worst part of waking up is Führers in your cup.
            Bad to the last drop.

        • DanW94

          Sure, but you don’t want to know where those beans were roasted.

          • Brian

            I’m not touching that one with a 10 foot bratwurst.

    • Pete Pete

      no it doesn’t. the nazi one is a right facing swastika. this one is a left facing one, like the ones commenly used in for example buddhism

    • SuperStrapper

      I thought it looked more like a racing rim for a bike ride. Which *might* make more sense being bicycle inspired. But I guess that makes me litterally Hitler

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c29128cf4fcfde1a614e3346bef8fa7db52d660f8be46b2b3a2e411bc3100d16.jpg

    • Spangles

      Looks like it’s going the wrong way for that.

      Still terrible, though!

    • IG

      You look like a retard.

      • palettj

        You really have a great command of the English language.

        • EM

          IG has a great command of frustration, ridicule, aggressiveness and utmost stupidity. Admit it you would have loved to tell him that!

          • IG

            Oh the irony…

      • EM

        IG I would really so much like to kick your ass which I assume to be pink, ugly and stinky. Your posts breath so much frustration, ridicule and pity man! How can you be so hatable just by your posts?!! Really pick a date, a town anywhere in the world. I’ll be there. to kick your pinky stinky ass you SOB!

        • IG

          You sound butt-hurt.

          • EM

            what a gentleman!

    • DanW94

      Richard Mille, born Richard Wolfgang Müller.

  • cs

    The “Lance Armstrong” comment was really funny, but shouldn´t this watch be dedicated to Hitler?!? Look at the crown! The “design element” is a nazi swastika!
    What a shame.

    • SuperStrapper

      That’s a bit of a stretch. Unless you’re antifa.

      • palettj

        It cant be that big of a stretch if both I and cs independently thought the same exact thing.

        • SuperStrapper

          2 people on the same planet! Irrefutable.

          • Raymond Wilkie

            3.

          • SuperStrapper

            14

          • Pete Pete

            21

          • SuperStrapper

            20

            One died

    • Pete Pete

      the nazi one is a right facing swastika. this one is a left facing one. big difference

      • Brian

        Turn that swastika counter-clockwisetika. It looks like the Island of Men logo, but with an extra leg.

        • Raymond Wilkie

          Isle of man ! ,………

    • Spangles

      It’s going in the opposite direction as the nazi one. This one’s for Ganesha maybe?

      Edit: No offense to Ganesha, who has far better taste.

  • WINKS

    Alain Prost is many great things but a Hand Model, he is not. RM could have chosen better.

  • DanW94

    I’m usually pretty forgiving when it comes to any offering, my position is throw it out there into the horological universe and let the market decide if it’s worth the price of admission, but I got to say at 800k this is just pure nonsense.

  • Spangles

    Well, Ariel clearly had fun with this. It’s nice to see a little levity and this is a watch that calls out for it.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Who wears a watch on their right hand anyway ? . Am told wearing it on your right hand means you’re gay. ( i can’t remember the source of this information )

    • Brian

      That’s for earrings. If you wear an earring on your right wrist then you are…

      • Raymond Wilkie

        Correct, it was also the same with your watch.

  • Yan Fin

    If being a child you had no bicycle, and now you’re driving a Bentley, you still had no bicycle being a child.

  • Pete L

    The mind boggles. I am a fan of both Alain Prost and some Richard Mille watches but this is a miss with a completely unnecessary and unimpressive complication. Also is it me or does it look the wrong way round on the wrong (right) wrist?
    Alain was a racing driver too not a cyclist so the connection is tenuous and most motorists (Prost fans among them I guess) can be prone to a negative opinion of cyclists – particularly here in the UK where they are a genuine bone of contention.
    $800K a lot of money to get squashed by a bus next time they undertake or ignore a red light! lol

  • Marius

    Here is what I don’t understand:

    Why would you spend over $800,000 for a watch designed for SOMEONE ELSE? To me, that’s not just nonsensical, but also quite idiotic. For $800,000 I would expect Rudi Mille to manufacture a watch specially for ME. For instance, the Rudi Mille Bangkok Special Ladyboy Edition for Marius.

    Nevertheless, I’m happy to read that according to Ariel Adams this watch will be: “In a few years from now, people will be remarking on the genius of the watch, all but forgetting their initial skeptical reaction to it.” Pure genius is the right expression indeed.

    • PollyO

      It makes me sad that a writer like Ariel, who I admire and have enjoyed reading, has so totally lost the plot on this one. I’ve read some tosh in my time but that comment was just saddening to hear from him.

  • John Stevens

    For $800,000 I would expect Prost to deliver it on the bike and buy lunch, seriously it’s crazy and for the Illuminati only. For the 0.1% of the public who would recognise this for what it is – great, for everyone else – it looks like a $1000 watch.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    If you look hard enough you see the swastika everywhere , a symbol stolen by the Nazi party. The swastika (as a character ? or ?) is an ancient religious icon used in the Indian subcontinent, East Asia and Southeast Asia, where it has been and remains a sacred symbol of spiritual principles in Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e7957167e2f75993c2ae6510e8779e7d90373f906357598c3b0f67ba339401cc.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/350cf5d6a4a16cd7e27c73f20346346b2d29a12cceb4c83a16ba1cd3465e6bb8.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f51c44c862d24e1f7daeb3c060d1091c763e955c866406e037925aee13723118.jpg

    • DanW94

      It’s so sacred they choose to put it on cheap slippers and stretch pants you find at a dollar bargain store? Makes sense to me……

    • Raymond Wilkie

      Forget the produce, my point is it can be used inadvertently coining the phrase ” Can’t see it for looking it “

  • Larry Holmack

    Well…I for one am wondering when RM is going to make a watch for my personal hero….Joey Chestnut….10 time Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest Champion. I mean…who else can eat 72 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes??? Doesn’t he deserve a million dollar mustard yellow watch? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9219bb5cb02f7e4526e74b69a6e29622e34755f37ca44810630de329a9fce659.jpg

    • Norbs K

      72!
      That’s a lot of dogs!

      Make it a 72 million dollar watch!

      • Larry Holmack

        I’ll bet if RM could sell 30 of them at $72 million, he’d be one happy camper!!

    • Berndt Norten

      Finally! A joey Chestnut fan! And let’s not forget the diminutive dog-eater, Matt Stonie.

  • Tea Hound

    We want the RM “Jeff Lynne It’s a Livin’ Thing” with a strap made of permed 70s hair.

    • Larry Holmack

      Love me some ELO and Jeff Lynne!!!

  • It’d be really cool if you could just press a button and have the watch automatically count of units of measure automatically. I know that’d be difficult for distance, but maybe they could do it for intervals of time. Like, you push a button and it automatically counts and records (maybe on tiny dials inside the main dial) seconds and/or minutes, heck…even hours. Now, that’d be useful!

  • Norbs K

    Man, some people are hooked on the swastika thing. Maybe they have some latent nazi feelings hidden inside of them. Or that’s with the homophobes?
    Love when people see things where there is none.

    You know what I see?
    A god ugly watch, with a useless odometer and a price tag that puts all the other watchmakers to shame. I’m more raged about people shelling out $800K for a piece of turd like this watch.
    If you think a non-existent swastika is the main thing to b*tch about, then you have your priorities wrong in life.

    Also get bl**dy educated about the left and right facing swastikas and their meaning before you get hooked up on the stuff and shout nazi all over the place.

  • Cyclist here, and lefty too: the only thing I’d count are number of times in a month/year I’ve ridden my bicycle as exercise. But really, this is dumb, any number of cellphone apps already do this.

    Also, I’d need to be as rich as The Professor, because you know what else is part of cycling? Crashes. That’s why you only wear a G-Shock while ridding.

  • Martin Cerny

    Impressive how useless watches can be marketed today…! but I do like Alain Prost…great guy.

  • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

    Ah, yes, I remember watching Alain Prost win the Tour de France… or was it the Giro… Never mind – his cycling achievements will go down in history along with Jack Nicholson and John Pemberton, as the Holy Trilogy of Velocipeding.

  • Joe

    I’ll still take this over the Bremont 1918….

  • TrevorXM

    A lot of people below trashing Ariel Adams. But I read the story and laughed a lot — I found it his best writing by some measure. I got the strong impression that he had gotten a grip on reality on the pitch black Bilderberg/Oil Sheik’s son/Internet garbage site billionaire comedy that is RM and was writing satire. That made it funny as hell, and nod in his direction.

    • Yeah, I enjoyed this reading too, more honest maybe.

  • commentator bob

    It would have been much more interesting if RM tied the counter to a mechanical accelerometer instead of a push button, so that it could serve as a mechanical play on fitness trackers/smart watches. For $815,500 I trust they could have figured it out.

    It maybe doesn’t fit the bike theme, but neither does a push button counter.

  • Yanko

    The Mt. Everest of ugliness.

  • The original shape looks better. This watch, In the left wrist, will look weird

  • Gokart Mozart

    Nice bike. No one mentioned that but they can all see the is it a swastika or not crown. For the record no.

    Back to the bike as it is an article about cycling.

    Important question. If you buy the watch and return it within 30 days do you get to keep the bike?

  • JLG

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
    that’s it. sums up the whole post, watch, bike, beurk…

  • Jon Heinz

    Begs the question; who *does* own a watch that costs more than their house?

    • Pete Pete

      any homeless person owning any watch (?)

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  • MrJKLFoams

    Comes with a bicycle!!?? It should come with ferrari car if you bought one of this.