There's a reason Richard Mille watches are known as "the secret billionaire's handshake." The brand is largely known only among the billionaires (and the occasional nine-digit millionaire) who can afford them.
But now Mille has taken prices, and watchmaking, to a new extreme with his latest watch, which touts a $2.2 million price tag.
However, even if you can afford it, don't bother trying to buy one—it's already sold out. In an interview on CNBC Tuesday, Mille said all 10 of the RM 56-02 Sapphire Tourbillon watches he plans to make have already been ordered.
"They're all sold," he said. "All of them."
The RM 56-02 is based on the RM 27-01, which is the model made for tennis star Rafael Nadal. And it's got all the high-tech wizardry and physics-defying properties that make Mille watches such a status badge for the rich.
The 56-02 incorporates a cable-suspension system within transparent sapphire. The baseplate is made from grade 5 titanium and suspended within the watchcase by a single braided cable that is only 0.35 millimeters thick, and woven within a system of four pulleys at the movement's corners and another six pulleys placed along the movement's periphery.