Richard Mille: Rm 50-02 Acj–Sihh

The truly most luxury of the Geneva watch-Shop

With Airbus corporate jets, the Swiss brand Richard Mille has won a cooperation partner of the top luxury class. Because the ACJ-named daughter of the European aircraft manufacturer produces airplanes for a conceivably exclusive clientele or governments with space for typically 20 to 50 passengers. The tangible result of this partnership is the tourbillon, dubbed the name RM 50-02 ACJ, with a double-handed chronograph. His design comes from Sylvain Maria, the chief designer of ACJ.

In cooperation with the research and development of Richard Mille a timepiece was created with the usual formal language, but unusual embodiments. Thus, the conspicuous housing shape is to be reminiscent of the cabin window of an Airbus machine, the dial reflects many details of the dashboard in the cockpit and the pushers on the housing flank are modelled on the constructions through which the engines on Be attached to the wing. Inside, the RM50-02 manual lift works with 21,600 half-vibrations and 70 hours of power reserve, which is displayed on the dial at eleven o’clock. It offers a double-handed chronograph that allows intermediate timings. Richard Mille put a lot of emphasis on preventing the chronograph’s delayed jumping. These changes are also intended to reduce wear and tear by half. A torque indicator shows the tension of the spring house at two o’clock.

The function display at four o’clock signals which crown position is set to raise the clock or set the time, or whether the crown is secured. The balance spiral has a variable moment of inertia by four screws. Due to a faster rotating spring, frictions of the spring are to be reduced, and it should also be easier to raise. The enclosure consists of a titanium-aluminium alloy (TiAI), whose properties should be between metal and ceramics and which Airbus uses for its turbine wings. Its production is complicated by the extremely different melting points of both materials. The bezel is made of ATZ ceramics. It is produced on the basis of an aluminium oxide powder, which is pressed with a pressure of 2,000 bar. It should be scratch-resistant up to 1,400 Vickers.

The split second chronograph RM 50-02 ACJ, limited to 30 copies, will be available for 929,800 euros (without taxes) and only in the Richard Mille boutiques. tw

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