Richard Mille RM 053 Pablo MacDonough: A Tourbillon for the Polo Grounds
|Richard Mille RM 053 Pablo McDonough|
Richard Mille is no stranger to the rigors and intricacies of polo, sponsoring the Richard Mille Polo Team. As such, it is fitting that brand ambassador and Argentine polo player Pablo MacDonough be the motivation behind the RM 053. MacDonough, who started playing Polo at the age of 6 at the Nueva Escocia Polo Rance in Buenos Aires, is the son of a polo horse breeder and ranked as the World Number One Polo Player.
Richard Mille RM053 Pablo McDonough
To meet the needed requirements, the RM 053 is “armored” in a titanium carbide case which gives the watch the lightness of titanium with the diamond-like hardness or carbide. While the case shape is distinctly Richard Mille, it is a very big watch at 50mm by 42.7mm by 20mm. The overall size of the watch starkly contrasts the 32.55mm by 30.80mm by 12.70mm movement, which is Richard Mille’s smallest.
Having a movement that small gives the RM 053 it’s most striking feature: a 30º tilt to the movement within the case. The angle in which the movement is set allows a polo player to clearly read the time without taking his hands off the reigns. The movement itself is a 3 hertz 48-hour manual wind with a free sprung balance wheel with variable inertia, a fast-rotating barrel that rotates in 6 hours as opposed to the usual 7.5, 21 jewels and Grade 5 titanium bridges. Sapphire crystals on the hours and minutes display (right), seconds/tourbillon display (left) and display back round out the RM053.
At $580,000 and limited to 15 pieces, the Richard Mille RM053 Pablo MacDonough is a fittingly exclusive watch designed for the “sport of kings”. I don’t play polo, but I would certainly be happy using this as a driving watch. The dial position is great for days on the track.