Smiley - Happy People ! …

Sep 30, 2022,10:12 AM
 


Richard Mille has taken inspiration from The Smiley, drawn by Franklin Loufrani just over 50 years ago. It serves as the embodiment of positivity, joy and sharing and has played a major role at the heart of pop culture across several creative generations


Around the Smiley’s radiant face, an array of miniature sculptures takes possession of the RM 88 Automatic Tourbillon Smiley’s movement.



Skeletonised automatic winding tourbillon movement with hours, minutes and function indicator.
Microblasted grade 5 titanium with PVD treatment lends great rigidity to the baseplate and the bridges, as well as the precise surface flatness, essential for perfect functioning of the gear train. 
Limited edition of 50 pieces


The bezel and caseback are in ATZ white ceramic. This is made from tubes of aluminium oxide powder injected at a pressure of nearly 2,000 bars. This high-pressure injection increases rigidity by 20 to 30% and reduces the material’s porosity to an absolute minimum. ATZ is known for its high scratch resistance (1,400 Vickers) and unchanging colour. Next to diamond, it is one of the hardest materials in the world. Long and difficult machining using diamond tools is required to create a perfect example of this complex, curved bezels and satin finish. The caseband is made of 18K 5N red gold.

The tripartite case is water resistant to 50 metres, ensured by 2 Nitrile O-ring seals. The case is assembled with 12 grade 5 titanium spline screws and abrasion-resistant washers in 316 L stainless steel.


Incredible design detail as demonstrated by the green PVD-coated leaves, the microblasted and polished surface of the pineapple, the microblasted spines of the cactus in yellow gold, polished one by one to remove the PVD coating, and the sun, in microblasted gold with polished rays. In keeping with watchmaking tradition, all finishing operations on the RM 88 Smiley are carried out by hand.




I hope you enjoy seeing this special watch to brighten up your day. Personally I love the spirit of this watch. 
The price … don’t let’s spoil fun ! 
We can but dream !
Best regards 
Captain 


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Richard Mille … The drug of choice 😎

 
 By: Cpt Scarlet : September 30th, 2022-10:36
I can just imagine the advertising campaign !

Well done, this is a watch that brings a smile to the face.👏🏼

 
 By: ArmisT : September 30th, 2022-10:37
Interesting, but certainly innovative idea for RM. Especially since I didn’t think they could beat their bonbon references from before, this is also a touch of daring to make a watch like this.

Cool

 
 By: Bruno.M1 : September 30th, 2022-11:11
If you're 5 years old. Sorry … and while I respect other opinions and i understand tastes do differ…. This is just utterly stupid. Never liked that brand and never will. But asking over 1 million for that childish toy is laughing with watch collectors ... 

Agreed. And the toilet seat box?

 
 By: Credor : September 30th, 2022-11:35
They are just taking the piss.

Plus 1

 
 By: Watchonthewrist : September 30th, 2022-11:48

Thanks for offering us your opinion …

 
 By: Cpt Scarlet : September 30th, 2022-11:58
Luckily we can all find something to enjoy in the horological world.

Hi Fab …

 
 By: Cpt Scarlet : September 30th, 2022-11:54
Just forgetting the price for a minute (which isn’t easy), I love the fun of the design. We need to encourage Swatch to make an alternative for us to enjoy without the financial pain. Have a great weekend dear friend 🥂

I’ll call the design department later today …

 
 By: Cpt Scarlet : September 30th, 2022-14:01
See what they have to say…. Swatch X Happy Monday’s collaboration 🤔

Rich people also need toys 😉

 
 By: Cpt Scarlet : September 30th, 2022-21:18

Thanks!

 
 By: Spangles - Dr. Tabby : September 30th, 2022-16:07
I hate it.

Some account on IG said it best….

 
 By: Clueless_Collector : September 30th, 2022-16:41
This is going to be a Richard “Happy” Mille…both brand owner and customers all happy.

I can't afford a RM

 
 By: jim_94104 : September 30th, 2022-17:22
but I won't bash it because of fhat. I love its creativity. Sure beats a lot of those established old fart 😅

I agree.

 
 By: InHavenPro : October 1st, 2022-06:49
It isn't what I'd spend a million bucks on, but the creativity and originality in execution is exceptional. There's enough centi-millionaires and billionaires in the world to afford and enjoy this type of toy! Cheers, thanks for the pictures Cap, Filip

My pleasure Filip …

 
 By: Cpt Scarlet : October 1st, 2022-07:52
Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. I bet Elton John has one on order !

Thank you Captain for the detail write up..

 
 By: janef : October 1st, 2022-15:43
Pleasurable reading. I personally love this piece. So much details in a repeat I’ve small watch! Looks like it is same size as a RM002.. Super cool and super fun piece! I hope I get the chance to own one. It would be easy like most of RM’s special edition... 

Hi Jen …

 
 By: Cpt Scarlet : October 1st, 2022-15:58
Thanks for your kind message and thoughts on this interesting RM. Enjoy your weekend !

I love it

 
 By: chris4 : October 3rd, 2022-07:45
Not a big fan of the artistic blingy RM's but in this day & age, the smiley face and fun factor on this piece is great , think I would smile everytime I looked at it..great fun piece, great execution..RM are really creative masters, love it or hate it..we... 

Man. Only RM could pull this off. Have always followed the brand.

 
 By: doubleup : October 10th, 2022-00:06
Tried to get an RM 005 once in 2011, thought the deal was done but fell apart last minute. I’ve always liked RM and been a huge fan, this is fun an astonishing at the same time. Made me smile so hey, go for it if you have the means. An ice breaker in any ...