July 21, 2012
First the “Black Knight”, now the “Dark Diver”: a new limited edition of Richard Mille’s RM 032 Chronograph Dive Watch debuts, exclusively at the Richard Mille Boutique Beverly Hills. Nicknamed the “Dark Diver,” this black watch is limited to 30 numbered pieces. Like the original RM 032 Automatic Chronograph, this limited edition is water-resistant to 300 meters following ISO 6425 diver’s watch norms. That degree of water-resistance is particularly difficult to achieve with a chronograph, since water pressure on the pushers and crown could be powerful enough to unintentionally start the chronograph. In order to avoid any external pressure effect or accidental manipulation, Richard Mille has developed a locking crown for the RM 032 that secures the pushers and as a result ensures perfect water resistance. The crown and its pushers can be locked by simply rotating its ring. Cool watch, but it is quite large (50mm). The RM032 “Dark Diver” price is about $140,000, in-line for Richard Mille.
words by Kyle Stults