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    Watches — 10 May 2013

    Perfect Timing:
    Richard Mille

    Watch house Richard Mille has been associated with the world of sailing for a number of years, and to celebrate the association, has introduced a series of exceptional nautical watches.

    In 2010, it announced a partnership with Les Voiles de Saint Barth – the latest competition to feature in the prestigious Caribbean sailing season. In its fourth year, the race is more popular than ever and this year featured around 65 yachts sailed by more than 800 crew, including some of the world’s most renowned skippers. Participants in the 2013 competition included racing yachts in the Spinnaker category (for boats measuring 9-18m), such as Swans, X-Yachts and other CNBs.

    To mark the brand’s involvement with the race, Richard Mille launched the RM 028 Les Voiles de Saint Barth. The watch, limited to only 100 pieces, features a yellow rubber bracelet, a first for the company. Water-resistant to 300m, it has all the technical capabilities of a Richard Mille diving watch, but is a perfect accessory for the sailing world, thanks to its vibrant and eye-catching styling. It is formed of a three-part case construction that completely integrates all the lugs, and it is this that ensures the exceptional water resistance.

    Les Voiles de Saint Barth 2013 took place in April and was, as predicted, a huge success. Not only is the resort one of the most idyllic in the world, but its winds make it ideal for yacht racing. This year saw Richard Mille’s involvement increase after Peter Harrison, the firm’s CEO, announced he would actually be taking part in the race. The Jolt 2, his one-off custom-built racing yacht lined up alongside a host of serious challengers in the Spinnaker 1 category, and ended up finishing a respectable 10th after five courses.

    richardmille.com, lesvoilesdesaintbarth.com