8th Time’s A Charm

The most daring of Richard Mille’s partners

When La Dolfina polo team won the final of the Argentine Open Polo Tournament, Richard Mille was there to see their partner Pablo Mac Donough carry the trophy for the 8th time in his career. It was a remarkable achievement for this man, who has been called the most daring of Richard Mille’s partners.

December 2nd saw the 124th edition of the Argentine Open Polo Tournament take place at the Campo Argentino de Polo in Buenos Aires. This field in the Palermo district of Buenos Aires is known as the Cathedral of Polo, and it saw two of the greatest polo teams of our time pitted against each other. La Dolfina, led by Adolfo Cambiaso, fought against their arch-rival Ellerstina. And playing for La Dolfina was Richard Mille partner Pablo Mac Donough, who was wearing his RM 053 Tourbillon when he held the Argentine Open Trophy for the 8th time.

Polo is a game of sharp cracks and rough contact. (Mac Donough won the Fair Play tournament award, which is given to the player who commits the fewest fouls. That might tell you something, that they have an award like that.) So for Pablo Mac Donough to wear a mechanical wristwatch onto the field, and a tourbillon at that, might give you pause. But Pablo’s RM 053 Tourbillon is encased in titanium carbide armor, designed specifically to handle the high-speed impacts that are inevitable in the game of polo.

This event may also have been the past time that the public got to see Pablo play while wearing his RM 053 Tourbillon Richard Mille, because the brand and the player have already been working together, and have developed a new caliber, even tougher, even more sturdy, and even more capable of taking the punishment that a polo player’s watch is subjected to. The Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie 2018 will see the debut of this new high tech timepiece… which is also a tourbillon mechanism. Pablo Mac Donough may like playing on that field, but he can’t stop spinning the cage.