The RM053 DLC is a unique piece made by Richard Mille for the Argentinian polo player Pablo Mac Donough, who is considered the world’s greatest player. The watch is designed for the needs of a sport both elegant and violent.
Richard Mille. Men's watch in titanium and red leather, "RM053 DLC" model, 2020, unique piece, weight: 84.2 g/2.97 oz.
Estimate: €1/2 M
When Richard Mille set out to create a tourbillon regulator watch specifically for polo, it was a considerable challenge. This is a highly physical sport involving unpredictable and violent clashes. Timepieces are put to the test by numerous sharp turns and collisions between horses. So this model features an armored case with double bossing in titanium carbide and two reading windows inclined at 30°—the ideal viewing angle for a rider. Richard Mille innovated further with an extremely compact tourbillon movement, especially as regards the geartrain and barrel. This light, unified system is thus less subject to the centrifugal forces generated during matches. Its materials were rigorously tested to optimize their resistance potential, and the watch can withstand impacts of up to five kg (11 lbs).
Only a few of these, dubbed "Pablo Mac Donough Polo Team," have been produced since 2012: some 15 in all. The watch presented here, sold in 2020, features a unique red dial circle. It is a tribute to Pablo Mac Donough, partner of the brand for ten years, nine times winner of the Argentine Open and the Hurlingham Open and eleven times winner of the Tortugas Open—three of the most prestigious tournaments in the world.