Originally published August 15, 2010
Yohan Blake set a personal record of 9.75 seconds in the 100-meter event in London last week, to earn a silver medal. He was only beaten by fellow Jamaican Usain Bolt, who took gold. What managed to pull away some attention from the record-breaking dash was the prototype timepiece from Richard Mille attached to Yohan Blake’s wrist.
With Omega the official timekeeper and watch of the Olympic Games, it’s against Olympic rules to wear anything not from the official sponsors. Bolt is an official ambassador to competing luxury Swiss watchmaker Hublot and left his wrist bare. Blake’s choice to sport the Richard Mille watch could result in a big fine from the IOC. But with all the publicity the watch is now receiving, I’m sure Richard Mille will make it up to him.
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The details haven’t been revealed on this prototype tourbillon timepiece, except it comes dressed in the colors of the Jamaican flag and uses a velcro strap. What we do know is Richard Mille specializes in the most impressive ultra-light, high-performance sports watches in the world. The craftsmanship and technology put into his sports watch allow to be worn during the highest level of sports competition, without impacting the performance of the watch or the wearer.
It’s most likely based off Mille’s existing tourbillon models created for tennis champ Rafael Nadal (RM027) and recent Masters Golf champ Bubba Watson (RM038). This means this watch, if made available for purchase, will be ultra-light, ultra-strong and in the $500,000 range. When more details are revealed, we’ll be sure to update our readers.
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