richard mille - RM033
Luc Virginius / Chronopassion
richard mille - RM033


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TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS OF THE RICHARD MILLE CALIBER EXTRA FLAT AUTOMATIC RM 033 Round case - available in titanium, 18k white gold or red gold. CALIBER RMXP1: skeletonized automatic winding movement with hours, minutes and off-center monoblock platinum rotor. Diameter: 45.70 mm x 6.30 mm. MAIN FEATURES (MANY OF WHICH ARE MAJOR TECHNICAL INNOVATIONS) POWER RESERVE Circa 42 hours. MONOBLOCK MICRO ROTOR Following on from the rotor with variable geometry that contributed to the success of Richard Mille’s automatic calibers, a new winding device is introduced in the RM 033. By using a platinum, decentrally positioned micro rotor, the barrel can be efficiently wound and an extra flat skeletonized movement can be achieved. FREE SPRUNG BALANCE WITH VARIABLE INERTIA This type of balance wheel represents the ultimate in innovation. It guarantees greater reliability when subjected to shock and also during movement assembly and disassembly. Hence better chronometric results over time. The regulator index is eliminated and a more accurate and repeatable adjustment is possible thanks to 4 adjustable small weights located directly on the balance. CROWN In ceramic, with double seal O-ring and detailing in titanium, 18k red or white gold. BOTTOM PLATE, BRIDGES AND BALANCE COCK MADE OF TITANIUM The manufacturing of these components in grade 5 titanium - bottom plate with Titalyt® coating and bridges with PVD coating, allows the whole assembly to be given great rigidity, as well as precise surface flatness that is essential for the perfect functioning of the gear train. The skeletonized baseplate and the bridges were subjected to separate and extensive validation tests to insure optimal strength requirements. SPLINE SCREWS IN GRADE 5 TITANIUM FOR THE BRIDGES This permits better control of the torque applied to the screws during assembly. These screws are therefore unaffected by physical manipulation during assembly or disassembly and age well. OTHER FEATURES - Diameter of the movement: 33.00 mm - Thickness: 2.60 mm - Number of jewels: 29 - Barrel arbor – in 20AP steel - Balance: Glucydur, 4 arms, inertia moment 5.75 mg.cm2, angle of lift 53o - Frequency: 21,600 vph (3Hz) - Balance spring: Nivaflex - Shock protection: Incabloc 908.22.211.100 (transparent) CASE It retains the same characteristics and attention to detail in case design with a vast number of stamping and machining operations required for this round case with a total height just a mere 6.30 mm. The design and execution of this watchcase typifies the complete conceptual approach to all parts of the movement, case and dial. As a result, everything has been constructed according to an extremely rigorous specification. For example, a casing ring is no longer used and the movement is mounted on chassis mounting rubbers (ISO SW) fixed by 4 titanium screws. The tripartite case is assembled with 16 spline screws in grade 5 titanium and abrasion resistant washers in 316L stainless steel and complemented by the additional integration of the lugs into the case’s torque screw system. The tripartite case is water resistant to 30 meters, ensured by two Nitril O-ring seals. SPLINE SCREWS IN GRADE 5 TITANIUM FOR THE CASE This permits better control of the torque applied to the screws during assembly. These screws are therefore unaffected by physical manipulation during assembly or disassembly and age well. INTERIOR FLANGES In carbon fiber, with hour index points filled with approved luminous material. Minute flange in black carbon fiber. DIAL In sapphire (thickness: 0.30 mm) with anti-glare treatment (2 sides). CRYSTAL - Bezel side: in sapphire (1800 Vickers) with anti-glare treatment (2 sides). - Thickness: 1.00 mm - Case back: in sapphire with anti-glare treatment (2 sides) - Thickness: at the center 1.00 mm and at outer edges 1.53 mm FINISHING MOVEMENT - Bottom plate in hand-ground grade 5 titanium, wet sandblasted, Titalyt® treated - Bridges wet sandblasted, top surface polished by hand, grade 5 titanium PVD treated - Locking sections hand polished - Burnished pivots - Diamond polished sinks on the bridge side - Pinions with undercuts - Sandblasted and rhodium-plating, beveled wheels (before cutting the teeth) GEAR WHEELS - Concave chamfering with a diamond tool - Circular-smoothed faces - Polished angles - Rhodium-plating (before cutting the teeth) - Minimum manual correction to the wheels undertaken in order to preserve geometry and performance STEEL PARTS - microblasted and hand-drawn surfaces - sapphire blasted surfaces - anglage and polishing by hand PROFILE-TURNING - lapped and polished ends - burnished pivots

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Who's who

When he talks about Richard Mille, Laurent Picciotto doesn’t say “I” and “he”, but “we”. Just two letters say it all – well, almost. As far as Chronopassion is concerned, this is not about any old brand, but a shared history: that of two men who originally met in Rue Saint Honoré “to chat together for a couple of hours a week – then, five, ten, twenty or thirty hours,” before bringing out the first RM001 one year later. Be that as it may, the friendship between Laurent Picciotto and Richard Mille doesn’t stretch back for decades, to their schooldays, or anything like that. “We first came across each other at the time when Richard was working at Mauboussin, on the first tourbillons developed by the brand,” recalls the owner of Chronopassion. When – as yet unaware of the fact that he was to become “RM” for the world at large – Mille left Mauboussin to launch his own brand, he consulted Laurent Picciotto. Not only did he consult him, he took on board his thinking, and ultimately enlisted Picciotto as a partner when he set up his company. The brand spirit was already in their minds – an uncompromising timepiece, featuring a completely new design, outstanding materials and a brand new assembly technique. Once the specifications had been established, the two men contacted Renaud & Papi to implement production. They were to become RM’s third partner; today, some fifteen years later, they are still crafting its collections. The line taken ahead of presentation of the first timepiece was equally hard-nosed. “Nobody knew Richard, we didn’t really want to make a big thing out of Renaud & Papi and we ourselves had no story to tell at all. In other words, we were swimming completely against the tide,” recalls Laurent Picciotto. “We first attended BaselWorld in 2000. We placed the watch on the table and said ‘There you are, that’s all we’ve got to say, it’s an RM001, yours for €176,000.’ And it worked.” Indeed, the pricing policy was the subject of much debate, right from the outset. “Looking back, it’s easy to say that the approach was the right one,” explains Laurent Picciotto. “But twelve years ago, we’d sometimes break out in a cold sweat thinking about it. Richard and I were both completely focussed on the watch, scarcely paying attention to the final bill until the first one was finished. When we totted it up and it came to over 170,000 euros, there was a bit of a hush. The silence between us was far more eloquent than any number of words could have been. For a while we wondered whether we had overreached ourselves. But it wasn’t long before we were right back with our initial motives – an RM should brook no compromise.” Richard Mille did not hesitate to take this radical approach right to the limit. “When he met a client who had doubts about how sturdy the RM was – whereas that had always been a strong point in its design – Richard would take off his own and throw it on the floor. That was his way of saying ‘I’ve said as much, and now I’m proving it’”, recalls Laurent Picciotto with a smile. “It would certainly make quite an impression!” Looking back, the Richard Mille brand has surpassed even its own designers’ expectations. Having emerged at a time when the market was not yet offering a new brand or revival every couple of months, it surprised everybody. Later on, a lot of independent watchmakers took a similar direction, saying to themselves “If Richard has managed, I can too.” RMs are still as radical as ever, though. Laurent Picciotto sums it up. “Some signs never lie. We’ve never yet seen a client pick up an RM whose first words were ‘it reminds me of a...’ Some fifteen years on from the RM001, nobody’s got anywhere near finishing that sentence.” Journalist : Olivier Müller

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