FOR FORMULA ONE DRIVER ALAIN PROST, RICHARD MILLE HAS CREATED AN EXCEPTIONAL WATCH DEDICATED TO THEIR SHARED PASSION: CYCLING.
Richard Mille and Alain Prost are friends. “We’re alike,” Prost says. “We both enjoy winning and we both prize loyalty. Richard’s watches are unique—I just adore them. And he backed my venture into FE [electric car racing] by sponsoring my Renault team. Working with him is like working with a member of my family.” What inspired Mille and Prost to create a watch together was their friendship, of course, but also their shared passion for cycling. Alain has been a serious cyclist for 25 years, and Richard loves biking the backroads of his native Var region in southern France. One day after a chat, the two men had the same thought at the same time: why not make a watch together? The idea took iƂ qa]h Jbee] Xmd]\ abm ^lb]h\ how many kilometers he covered by bike every year. The driver had no idea—he never wears anything on his wrist while cycling, and he often forgets his GPS. “So we’ll make you a cyclist’s watch,” Mille said. And the result is nothing short of remarkable: the RM 70-01 Tourbillon Alain Prost, an ergonomic timepiece designed for complete freedom of movement. Made with ultra-lightweight carbon, it is enhanced with an odometer that can record distances up to 99,999 kilometers. And it comes with a bike: a C60 by Colnago, the world’s most respected artisanal bicycle maker. As Alain says, “Thanks to Richard I have a real pro cyclist’s watch, and a superb new bike in the garage. Isn’t friendship wonderful?