A few years later in 2001, Richard Mille swiss watches replica online accepted the challenge, setting out to create ‘a racing machine for the wrist’: the RM001. The boutique replica watchmaker took the same no-holds-barred approach to its creation—but this was more of a gamble than Pagani had taken. An unknown brand had burst onto the replica watchmaking scene with a replica watch boasting an asking price of over £100,000. It was a comparative bargain compared to the £1.3 million Zonda—but it’s a much harder sell to convince someone to part with multiple thousands of pounds for something that fits on your wrist than it is for a whole car. Richard Mille Men’s Replica accomplished this by creating a replica watch so revolutionary that it was worth every penny of its astounding price tag.
The brand changed the industry forever with its replica watchmaking methods, poring over drafts for months and experimenting with new materials, new design concepts and utilising a previously unseen level of attention to detail that bordered on the obsessive-compulsive. It combined expensive precious metals with innovative, contemporary materials like carbon nanofibre and zirconium alloy ceramic. It placed a premium on ergonomics and comfort, so that a replica watch could be worn every day without the wearer noticing it. There had never been anything like the RM001 before.
By the time the RM028 came along in 2010, unparalleled engineering was standard practice at Richard Mille. The replica watch took the racing machine for the wrist below the waves, trading the brand’s signature tonneau shape for the classic round case of the diver. It originally retailed at £88,000, making it the more “affordable” brother of the RM025 Tourbillon Chronograph, the brand’s more complicated diver which retailed at a staggering price of over half a million pounds. They’re the kind of RRPs that make you wince at first sight—but just a few minutes of close inspection of the replica watch on your wrist makes you reconsider that reaction.
Custom built from the ground up, even the very smallest of details—the kind most people wouldn’t even notice—are exceptional. The bezel is dotted with 22 tiny eight-point screws, that can each be individually adjusted to offer better torque control. This means that when you turn the bezel (which, for maximum safety, can only be moved by pushing the buttons at 12 and 6 o’clock), the ratcheting mechanism feels really precise and satisfying. Intricate layering of the dial adds depth to the front of the replica watch, which might at first appear cluttered because of the skeletonisation, but in fact is surprisingly easy to read thanks to the bold numbers and broad, luminous hands.
At 47mm in diameter and 14.6mm, the RM028 is pretty sizeable, but it’s not in the slightest bit cumbersome to wear. It feels remarkably lightweight due to the titanium case and movement components, and of course, comfort was one of the key focuses of the design. The case was inspired by Formula 1 movement structure, making it flexible in the places where give is needed, and stiff and robust in others; £88,000 worth of replica watch feels like almost nothing at all on the wrist, and that’s the point.