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Does any who wears a Richard Mille actually pays for it?

  1. Desibaba

    Desibaba Mar 8, 2019

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    whenever I see anyone with a Richard Mille on it seems to be one of their sponsored ambassadors like Sylvester Stallone or Bubba Watson. I’m curious if any of you know someone who actually shelled out their own money for a RM?
     
  2. The Father

    The Father Mar 8, 2019

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    Rapper Young Dolph

    They made off with a Richard Mille watch worth $230,000, a Patek Phillipe watch costing approximately $85,000 and two diamond chains worth a respective $57,000 and $27,000.

    Had these in his car. Sounds like an insurance job maybe. Probably didn’t get his for free
     
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  3. Desibaba

    Desibaba Mar 8, 2019

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    Definitely sounds like insurance fraud to me
     
  4. Evitzee

    Evitzee Mar 8, 2019

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    I actually owned THREE Richard Mille's....an RM016, an RM011 and an RM032 and I paid for them. Great watches but I eventually sold them at little loss because it was just too much money to tie up in just three timepieces. Very few wearers get them for free....there aren't many Nadals or Massas around that the company is sponsoring. Almost all are personally bought.
     
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  5. pongster

    pongster Mar 8, 2019

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    One of my clients is a RM nut. Rich guy. Seems to be wearing a different RM everytime we meet.
     
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  6. Uscjake87

    Uscjake87 Mar 26, 2019

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    There is a guy on youtube, producermichael, who buys and wears them. He said in a recent video he doesn't like the salesmen and buying experience so he focuses more on buying Jacob watches.
     
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  7. MikiJ

    MikiJ Likes songs about Purple spices Mar 26, 2019

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    At least Bubba wears his while he's playing ::psy::
    Bubba Watson's most expensive piece of equipment is an $825,000 watch
    Cork Gaines

    Apr. 8, 2018, 2:40 PM
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    Bubba Watson at the 2018 Masters wearing his Richard Mille watch.
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    • One of Bubba Watson's endorsements is with Richard Mille watches.
    • The high-end watch maker made a model just for Watson, with a retail value of $825,000.
    • The watch has a g-sensor that can tell Watson how fast his club is traveling during swings.


    Bubba Watson's most expensive piece of equipment at the Masterscosts more than three-quarters of a million dollars, and all it can do is tell him how hard he is swinging and whether or not he will make his tee time.

    In 2014, Richard Mille introduced the RM 38-01, a mechanical tourbillon watch with a titanium case designed just for Watson. According to Richard Mille, the retail price for the watch is $825,000, and only 50 were made.

    Beyond the light weight and style Richard Mille watches are known for, the most striking feature of the 38-01 is a g-sensor on the face that's capable of measuring the g-force of Watson's swing up to 20 Gs.


    Here is a closer view.

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    It also comes in Watson's favorite color, green, matching the two green jackets he has won at the Masters.

    Richard Mille

    This is actually the third watch designed for Watson by Richard Mille. Watson has been wearing the watches in tournaments since 2011.


    He was even wearing a previous model when he won the Masters in 2012.

    Andrew Redington/Getty Images

    The high-end Richard Mille watches are no strangers to the world of professional sports.

    Rafael Nadal has worn Richard Mille watches since 2010, even while playing. His latest model is the RM27-02 has a retail price of $775,000.

    Rafael Nadal plays in his new Richard Mille timepiece
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  8. The Father

    The Father Mar 26, 2019

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    What a minute, $825G’s? Talk about disposable income.
     
  9. MikiJ

    MikiJ Likes songs about Purple spices Mar 26, 2019

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    What makes you think he paid for it?
     
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  10. JanV

    JanV Mar 26, 2019

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    The major offsetting thing for me on high end timepieces are the mark up from some of the producers.

    Many of their watches are in no way near the cost to manufacture compared to their “retail value”.

    This bul...it pricing is what will never get me buying these kind of items. Just a waste of money in my opinion.
     
  11. yvrclimber

    yvrclimber Mar 26, 2019

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    Agreed. It would be weird to pay for a watch named after you. Aren't they paying HIM!?
     
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  12. Bbturbo

    Bbturbo Mar 26, 2019

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    "Exclusivity" is what RM is selling. Many rich young Asians are spotted with it. I personally am not a fan but I'm not young nor rich.
     
  13. ext1

    ext1 Mar 26, 2019

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    Bingo.... right on his sleeve it says Richard Mille!
     
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  14. Archer

    Archer Omega Qualified Watchmaker Mar 28, 2019

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    Do you own an Omega or any other mechanical watch? There are very few luxury watches that are priced according to the manufacturing costs mate...Veblen goods...
     
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  15. frasderp

    frasderp May 2, 2019

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    I don´t think you´re the only person where the pricing is holding them back...!
     
  16. jpjsavage

    jpjsavage May 8, 2019

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    I don't think they are a waste of money and I don't have one either. However, I'd be interested to know a little more about the brand and why they charge such high prices from an independent source, especially those of you that have bought them. It also seems that from the stories above that they don't retain their value on the second hand market?
     
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  17. michael22

    michael22 May 8, 2019

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    Of course they are a waste of money, that is the point.
    Wealth signalling is all about proving one can waste money.
     
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  18. Archer

    Archer Omega Qualified Watchmaker May 8, 2019

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    That would be true for every watch that costs more than $10 from Walmart then...not sure I agree with your stance on this one. Since most people would have no idea what a Richard Mille watch is let alone what one costs, you could argue that Rolex or Omega are much more of a "wealth signal" to the average guy than RM is.

    These watches appeal to a particular kind of collector, and not likely people here. The brand is all about "tech" in their watches, where this forum is heavily skewed towards vintage collectors, so it's not surprising that people here don't like them.
     
  19. michael22

    michael22 May 8, 2019

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    The point is, they are not signalling to the average guy, they are signalling to the tiny percentage who do recognise it.
    Of course, there is more than one signal: RM means modernity & tech. Dropping 100k on a PP gives a slightly different message.

    The same people could spend 5mill on a yacht. The choice would be: sail, or motor. Both just as conspicuous, but with different conotations.
     
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  20. Archer

    Archer Omega Qualified Watchmaker May 8, 2019

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    Why does this bother you so much more than people here wearing Rolex, Omega, IWC, JLC, or any other brand when most of the planet lives a few dollars a day? Why aren't you calling those watches a waste of money too?
     
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