Richard Mille RM 038 Tourbillon Bubba Watson
The Swiss manufacture has presented its new Richard Mille RM 038 Tourbillon Bubba Watson high-end watch.
Equipped with their new RM038 hand-wound tourbillon movement, the watch is presented in RM’s signature tonneau-shaped case, which is made of only three parts.
As usual, the watch is rather large, measuring 48.00 mm in length, 39.70 mm in width, and 12.80 mm in diameter.
Made of Magnesium-Aluminum AZ91 alloy (magnesium 90% and aluminum 8.9%) that offers low density together with high structural rigidity, the watch is feather-light, yet very robust.
Its grayish color comes courtesy of the Titalyt II electro-plasma oxidation treatment, which covers the case with crystalline oxide ceramic, significantly increasing its hardness and scratch-resistance, but also providing it with somewhat plastic look.
Thanks to a transparent dial and a sapphire display back, the case provides a superb view at the skeletonized RM038 movement. Sporting an openworked baseplate and with its bottom plate, bridges and balance cock made of grade 5 titanium, the movement is a real pleasure to look at.
It is not yet known how much Richard Mille plans to charge for the watch, but it is clear that it won’t be cheap.
Photos: Richard Mille
Richard Mille RM 038 Tourbillon Bubba Watson manual-wind watch specification
Movement: Manual, RM038, in-house, 30.60 mm x 29.37 mm x 7.55 mm, 19 jewels, 21,600 vph, Swiss Made
Functions: Hours, minutes, tourbillon
Power reserve: 48 hours
Case material: Magnesium-Aluminum AZ91 alloy
Bezel material: Magnesium-Aluminum AZ91 alloy
Case shape: Tonneau
Bezel shape: Tonneau
Case size: 48.00 mm x 39.70 mm
Lug width: N/A
Case height: 12.80 mm
Dial: Black, skeletonized
Water resistance: 50 meters
Case back: Sapphire
Tags: 48 mm, 50 m, aluminum, AZ91, Bubba Watson, magnesium, manual, Richard Mille, RM 038, RM038, SIHH 2011, Titanium, Tonneau, Tourbillon