Richard Mille RM 70-01 Alain Prost “Cycling” Pedals to Prominence

Although he’s not spoken about in the same reverential terms as more colorful contemporaries like Nelson Piquet, Nigel Mansell or Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost has more Formula 1 world championships (four) and more grand prix wins (51) than any of those three. The measured, methodical approach the first (and so far only) French World Driving Champion adopted earned him the nickname “The Professor,” so it’s only natural that Prost would lend his name to a precision instrument like a Richard Mille watch.

As you may have guessed from the full name of this timepiece, the Richard Mille RM 70-01 Alain Prost “Cycling,” it is a watch inspired by one of Prost’s current passions, road cycling. The curved Carbon TPT case (which is designed to be worn on the right wrist) is certainly a sight to behold, and the manually-wound RM07-01 tourbillon-escapement movement (which is mated with a bicycle-odometer-inspired incremental digital counter) means it’s as functional as it is handsome. Unfortunately, Richard Mille is only making 30 of these things, and has priced them at $815,500 a pop. Frankly, for that kind of dough, they should send Prost to your house to show you how to use it and go for a bike ride with you…

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