Richard Mille presents in Geneva an ultra performant tourbillon with polo player Pablo Mac Donough

Polo is possibly one of the toughest sports for any tourbillon watch to have to deal with. Known as the “king of sports” polo is uniquely elegant and highly physical. For Pablo Mac Donough, leading Argentinian Polo player, Richard Mille had an idea for a totally new case design inspired by the tonneau shape and engineered to tolerate the extreme shocks likely to occur during a polo match.

He created an “armored” case in titanium carbide with two raised arcs leading to two viewing window, which is ideal when see from the rider’s saddle. Since the movement itself is ultra light and tightly unified, it is less susceptible to the centrifugal and centripetal forces generated during a game. The RM 053 Pablo Mac Donough is a limited edition of 15 pieces in microblasted titanium and titanium carbide

Polo has always played a very important role in the Mac Donough’s lives. It is therefore no surprise that the Argentinean began playing polo at only 6 years old in the Nueva Escocia Polo Ranch, Buenos Aires, where Pablo’s father breads his own horses. Pablo Mac Donough played as a pro soon after he finished high school. At 23 years old, Pablo Mac Donough became part of La Irenita where the breeding program for polo horses is held. His career kicked off in 2001 when he won the Camara de Diputados Cup in Buenos Aires. In 2003, he began playing for Ellerstina, one of the best Argentinean Polo teams of the last decade, where he played eight seasons and won the 2010 Argentinean Triple Crown.

Pablo Mac Donough and his team La Dolfina competed in the final of the prestigious Argentinian Open on Friday November 9th at the Campo Argentino de Polo de Palermo. La Dolfina were up against Ellerstina, the current title-hol­ders, in this major final which brought together the two best teams in the world.

La Dolfina dominated the match from the start and by the end of the third chukker, were already leading 7-2. La Dolfina riding off the field with a comfortable five goal, 9-4 when the first half ended. Ellerstina managed to score off a penalty a minute into the fifth chukker which closed the gap somewhat. However, despite a fierce fight in the sixth chukker, La Dolfina continued to dominate and were ahead by 11-7. La Dolfina’s defence was impregnable in the final chukker which ended with a win to Pablo Mac Donough’s team of 16-10.

Like the brand’s other partners, Felipe Massa, Rafael Nadal or Bubba Watson, Pablo Mac Donough wears a Richard Mille whilst playing, in this case an RM 010 Black Night, which is tested to the extreme during his many games throu­ghout the Polo season.

Each of the brand’s partners provide a grueling testing ground for Richard Mille watches, whether it be in F1, tennis, golf or polo. Polo is a physically demanding sport which provides Richard Mille with the perfect opportunity to test the durability of his watches in a real life laboratory situation and enable him to push the boundaries of Haute Horlogerie.