The titanium case Best Richard Mille RM029 Oversize Date AK TI Replica Watch (39.7 mm across) is beautifully brushed, and the bright red rubber strap (the model is also available with a black rubber bracelet) offsets the red around the big date window nicely. Richard Mille’s luxury watches are, after all, ‘racing machines for the wrist’ (his words, or at least the words of his brand)—and as such, they can be forgiven for displaying their intricacies at the expense of legibility. That window is at 4 o clock and has been enlarged to show off the date at a glance. Hands and indices are lumed, and you get plenty of skeletonisation through the sapphire caseback.
A watch you can wear anywhere, at any time, which performs the duties of a luxury timepiece in style. The Best Richard Mille RM029 Replica Watch oversize date reminds us that the overall aesthetic of Richard Mille’s watches is just as wrist-worthy as all the finicky skeletonising and information-heavy dials.
You know what I like about the Richard Mille RM029 oversize date model? You can actually read the dial. This, for a Richard Mille, is something to celebrate. Not that there’s anything wrong with the complex lunacy of (for example) the RM039 Aviation E6-B Flyback Chronograph.
It wouldn’t be a Richard Mille if it didn’t pull off at least one dial-side trick, though—and in the case of the RM029 oversize date model, the magic is in that date display. Look closely through the sapphire crystal, and you’ll see the wheel that fills in the second date numeral (i.e. the 3 in 13): circumnavigating the balance. But where’s the date wheel for the first numeral?
And it is. The Richard Mille RM029 AK TI takes everything that’s awesome about a Richard Mille—the case shape, the super-modern design—and makes it function on the basic level of a daily wristwatch. In other words: this Richard Mille is a beater.
What you don’t get is much in the way of front-side skeletonisation. This, for a Richard Mille, is almost unheard of. It’s also the main reason why this luxury watch is so easy to read.
That said, they are also watches. So when Richard Mille comes up with one that both looks and feels like a Richard Mille, and also makes it very easy to tell the time and the date, you think: ‘hey, that’s pretty cool’. Yes, there are still plenty of gears visible: but this time, they are blocked off by solid bridges. Even the balance wheel is obscured behind an infilled cage.
No, I don’t know either. It registers inside the circumference of the balance cage, so I guess it must be located between the balance wheel itself and the back of the cage. But I don’t know, and that makes this luxury watch a little more than just a daily wear. The Richard Mille Replica Watch makes it look as though the date is somehow floating over the rest of the display, an effect that definitively satisfies the goal of making the display much more legible, and provides a touch of class into the bargain.