Affectionately known as the poster boy of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), light heavyweight mixed martial artist Jimi Manuwa has officially joined the ranks of famous Richard Mille fans. The British fighter, still riding high from his first-round knockout win against Corey Anderson at the London O2, recently purchased a limited edition Richard Mille RM11 ‘Black Night’ from us at Official Watches. As you can see from the picture, he’s quite literally owning that watch.
Richard Mille and Jimi are a perfect fit in terms of both style and spirit. Richard Mille is renowned for his love of pushing limits when it comes to watchmaking techniques and performance. He has a penchant for unique artistry, and challenging ideas of what constitutes a luxury watch. This watchmaker’s love affair with lightweight but incredibly strong and durable materials like NTPT Carbon, titanium, and other incredible metals used in the construction of everything from yachts to planes, is well documented. Mille makes high-end, timepieces designed to withstand enormous pressure in the real world. Felipe Massa wore a Richard Mille watch for every single Formula 1 Grand Prix he participated in from 2004-2016. Sprinter Wayde van Niekerk broke the 400m world record at the Rio Olympics wearing an RM 27-02. Add arresting, unusual design and attention-grabbing pops of colour to the mix and it’s easy to see why boxing and Richard Mille are very well matched, both in and out of the ring.
Jimi Manuwa is famous for his ‘don’t blink’ fighting style and his killer left hook. He’s a fighter who pulls no punches, and his choice of luxury watch reflects this. Richard Mille RM11 ‘Black Night’ is a 100-piece limited edition automatic flyback chronograph that features the brand’s much-loved hallmarks: rubber bracelet, skeletonised dial with Arabic numerals, and a display back. Functions include the usual hours, minutes and seconds, plus a 60-minute countdown timer, 12-hour totaliser, date and month. The power reserve is a hefty 55 hours, and the movement bears 68 jewels. Other famous owners include Felipe Massa and Sebastian Loeb.