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Richard Mille RM 27-05 Flying Tourbillon Rafael Nadal | Image: Richard Mille

The Wind Up – Watch News #283


Another week has passed, meaning another round-up of all the latest watch news and happenings of the last seven days. In this week’s Wind Up, we’re diving into the world of high-watchmaking, with new releases from all corners of the globe. From Richard Mille’s incredible new flying tourbillon to MB&F’s futuristic timepiece, the codes of horological design are being pushed to their very extremities, and we’re here for it. Happy reading, and have a fantastic week ahead.

Richard Mille RM 27-05 Flying Tourbillon Rafael Nadal | Image: Richard Mille
Richard Mille RM 27-05 Flying Tourbillon Rafael Nadal | Image: Richard Mille

Richard Mille RM 27-05 Flying Tourbillon Rafael Nadal 

  • Brand: Richard Mille 
  • Model: RM 27-05 Flying Tourbillon Rafael Nadal 
  • Reference: RM 27-05
  • Diameter: 37.25mm
  • Movement: RM27-05
  • Water-Resistance: 10m
  • Power Reserve: 55 hours
  • Price: CHF1,000,000

The Richard Mille RM 27-05 Flying Tourbillon Rafael Nadal is a high-performance luxury watch designed in collaboration with the legendary tennis player Rafael Nadal. This timepiece features a skeletonised manual-winding tourbillon movement encased in an ultra-lightweight and highly durable material known as Carbon TPT B.4, a composite that incorporates high percentages of carbon. The RM 27-05 is engineered to withstand extreme conditions, making it an ideal accessory for Nadal, who wears it during his rigorous matches. The watch is notable for its innovative shock-resistance system, capable of withstanding accelerations of over 14,000 Gs, reflecting both the resilience and precision required in professional tennis.

Aesthetically, the RM 27-05 Flying Tourbillon combines technical prowess with a distinctive design, embodying Richard Mille’s avant-garde approach to horology. The watch’s skeletonised movement allows for a fascinating view of its intricate mechanics, while the vibrant colours and sleek lines resonate with Nadal’s dynamic persona. Limited to a production of only 80 pieces, the RM 27-05 is not only a testament to Richard Mille’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of watchmaking but also a collector’s item that celebrates the partnership with one of tennis’ greatest athletes.

Tissot Chemin des Tourelles Skeleton | Image: Tissot
Tissot Chemin des Tourelles Skeleton | Image: Tissot

Tissot Chemin des Tourelles Skeleton

  • Brand: Tissot
  • Model: Chemin des Tourelles Skeleton
  • Reference: Ref. T139.836.11.048.00 / Ref. T139.836.36.441.00 / Ref. T139.836.16.261.00
  • Diameter: 39mm
  • Movement: Calibre C07.631 Swiss Made Powermatic 80 automatic skeleton movement
  • Water-Resistance: 50m
  • Power Reserve: 80 hours
  • Price: AUD$1,535

After the success of last year’s Chemin des Tourelles collection, it was only a matter of time before Tissot returned to the range. This year’s update is a stellar one, taking the traditional 39mm release and repurposing it in a skeletonised format, giving you a sneaky view of the intricate detailing beneath the surface.

Tissot has unveiled three new references for the new Skeleton model, the most captivating of which is the blue dial Ref. T139.836.11.048.00. Featuring a Clous de Paris pattern styled with Roman numeral indices, the new release is a homage to the classic design languages of yesteryear, albeit with a fresh twist of modernity. The polished and vertically brushed finish gives the watch a little more life and personality, which is only aided by the full black PVD version and ivory version. If you are looking for a tidy dress watch with a touch of avant-garde design, Tissot’s latest Chemin des Tourelles Skeleton more than fits the bill.

Le Régulateur Louis Erard Grand Feu Enamel | Image: Louis Erard
Le Régulateur Louis Erard Grand Feu Enamel | Image: Louis Erard

Le Régulateur Louis Erard Grand Feu Enamel

  • Brand: Louis Erard
  • Model: Le Régulateur Louis Erard Grand Feu Enamel
  • Reference: 85248AA54.BVA153
  • Diameter: 39mm
  • Movement: Sellita SW266-1
  • Water-Resistance: 100m
  • Power Reserve: 38 hours
  • Price: CHF4,500 (Limited to 99 pieces)

The Le Régulateur Louis Erard Grand Feu Enamel is a sophisticated timepiece that showcases the artistry and precision of traditional watchmaking. This watch features a regulator-style dial, characterised by separate displays for hours, minutes, and seconds, which enhances its legibility and classical appeal. The standout feature of the Grand Feu Enamel model is its exquisite enamel dial, created using the ancient Grand Feu technique. This process involves multiple layers of enamel being fired at high temperatures to achieve a pristine and durable finish, resulting in a dial that is both visually striking and highly resistant to fading over time.

Crafted with meticulous attention to detail, the Le Régulateur Grand Feu Enamel houses the automatic Sellita SW26601 movement which is visible through the sapphire crystal case back. Encased in polished stainless steel, the watch strikes a balance between elegance and durability. With its combination of a timeless aesthetic, superior materials, and skilled craftsmanship, the Le Régulateur Louis Erard Grand Feu Enamel represents a harmonious blend of heritage and contemporary watchmaking excellence.

Seiko Credor Locomotive Limited Edition | Image: Credor
Seiko Credor Locomotive Limited Edition | Image: Credor

Seiko Credor Locomotive Limited Edition

  • Brand: Seiko Credor
  • Model: Locomotive Limited Edition
  • Reference: GCCR999
  • Diameter: 38.8mm
  • Movement: CR01
  • Water-Resistance: 100m
  • Power Reserve: 45 hours
  • Price: USD$12,000

The Seiko Credor Locomotive Limited Edition is a remake of the original Gerald Genta model made in 1978. Here it features the brand’s proprietary “high intensity” titanium, along with the tell-tale design cues from the original model reference KEH 018 which was a slim quartz piece.

The finishings found on the Seiko Credor Locomotive Limited Edition are contemporary but still pay tribute to the original’s distinct aesthetic. The dial is modelled on Gerald Genta’s original sketch with a lovely radial pattern. Powering the Seiko Credor Locomotive Limited Edition is the Credor CR01 automatic movement good for 45 hours. 

MB&F Legacy Machine Sequential Flyback Platinum | Image: MB&F
MB&F Legacy Machine Sequential Flyback Platinum | Image: MB&F

MB&F Legacy Machine Sequential Flyback Platinum

  • Brand: MB&F 
  • Model: Legacy Machine Sequential Flyback Platinum
  • Diameter: 44mm
  • Movement: Developed by Stephen McDonnell 
  • Water-Resistance: 30m
  • Power Reserve: 72 hours
  • Price: USD$218,000 (Limited to 33 pieces)

The MB&F Legacy Machine Sequential Flyback Platinum is a sophisticated chronograph that merges innovative engineering with a classic aesthetic. This timepiece features a dual chronograph system with two independent chronograph mechanisms, each equipped with a flyback function. The groundbreaking feature of this model is its capability to operate the chronographs either separately or in a synchronised manner, a testament to MB&F’s pioneering approach to horology. Housed in a platinum case, the Sequential Flyback exudes luxury and durability, while its sapphire crystal and display back allow an unobstructed view of the intricate movement and detailed finishing.

Designed with an emphasis on both form and function, the Legacy Machine Sequential Flyback Platinum showcases a meticulously crafted dial with a symmetrical layout. The hand-wound movement, developed in collaboration with Stephen McDonnell, boasts impressive complexity and precision, reflecting the watch’s high-end engineering. Limited in production, this model embodies MB&F’s commitment to creating avant-garde timepieces that push the boundaries of traditional watchmaking while maintaining a timeless appeal.