Nobody does big quite like Richard Mille and this year at SIHH they’ve done it again. Known for being trendsetters in the horology sphere, or at least thinking on their own. Either way, both expressions serve to point out that this watch manufacture plays by its own rules. This time around they’ve come out with two new models, using unique materials.
First off, let’s focus on the new “Richard Mille RM 50-02 ACJ Tourbillon Split Seconds Chronograph” an aviation watch, that was designed in collaboration with Airbus private jet division. That’s where the initial “ACJ” in this timepiece come from. “ACJ” stands for “Airbus Corporate Jets” a French airplane company that produces jetliners destined for the extremely-wealthy customers, such as members of corporations or governments.
The 50mm case is made of titanium-aluminum alloy, with a secondary ceramic bezel that was designed to mimic the outlines of the ACJ’s typical window shape, with a visible multi-layered hull structure surround. This unique material Richard Mille opted for is the same alloy used on the Airbus for its jet turbines, since it can safely function under the merging of high temperatures and high fields of pressure. Another first for a RM watch was the replacement of the screws circling around the outer edge of the bezel, for the trademarked “Torq Set” screws, that feature distinctively shaped head slots, as well as a jet engine inspired crown bearing engraved with the, patterned Airbus logo.
Richard Mille RM 50-02 ACJ Tourbillon Split Seconds Chronograph
The “Richard Mille RM 50-02 ACJ Tourbillon Split Seconds Chronograph” is powered by a manual winding tourbillon movement, which tells hours, minutes and features: a split-seconds chronograph with running seconds, a 60-minute totalizer and power reserve, torque and function indicators. The power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 70 hours. Other innovative materials used in this timepiece are: carbon nanofiber, aluminum lithium lital, alusic, NTPT carbon and titanium aluminide. This watch is a limited special edition of only 30 pieces produced.
Another watch seen at the SIHH was the “Richard Mille RM 07-02”, nicknamed the “Pink Lady Sapphire”, since this watch is entirely encased in pink sapphire. But, it wasn’t carved out of a massive stone, instead it’s made from a sort of synthetic sapphire, created in a laboratory setting. It was created with enough purity and clarity to allow light to slightly shine through it.
But, after you see pass the sapphire there are other precious stones in the mix. The central dial section is a mother of pearls and set around the dial and into the winding rotor on the backside are dozens of small diamonds. The movement of this watch was entirely carved out of solid red gold, including the winding rotor, with a grained finish and beveled edges. The option of going skeletonized really showcases off the gears and mechanics inside.
Richard Mille RM 07-02
This “Richard Mille RM 07-02” is powered by the trademark “OneWay” an automatic winding system with ceramic ball bearings bi-directional winding system. It features 25 jewels, an AK 3 balance spring, incabloc shock protection
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