Yohan Blake wore a prototype Richard Mille Tourbillon in his silver metal winning 100-meter dash at the 2012 London Summer Olympics. After the race, it was announced by the Olympic committee that Blake was not authorized to wear the watch during competition as Richard Mille was not an official Olympic sponsor. Regardless, Blake kept his metal, and tomorrow, at the Only Watch 2013 charity auction in Monaco, the actual watch he wore will be up for sale. The prototype never went into production but is similar to the one worn by PGA pro Bubba Watson.

Blake eventually received this RM 059 (below) as his official watch at SIHH 2013 in January.

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Jason Pitsch is the founder and editor of Professional Watches. He appreciates good design and engineering in everything from architecture to automobiles to cameras to clothing. Yet his focus for the past decade has remained consistent on covering just one type of craftsmanship: watchmaking.