richard mille - Richard Mille RM010 Pink Gold
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richard mille - Richard Mille RM010 Pink Gold

Richard Mille RM010 Pink Gold

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Richard Mille RM010 Pink Gold

In 2004, Richard Mille introduced the Caliber RM 005, which marked the debut of an automatic winding movement with a never before seen variable geometry rotor, therefore the rotor can be adapted to the wearer’s lifestyle in order to assure optimal performance.
 
In the quest for perfection and the newest innovations Richard Mille then took the RM 005 Calibre to the next stage; two years later and the RM 010 presented the RM 005 movement in a skeletonized version. The RM 010 watch case took an entire year of research, there are 202 separate machine operations including, 68 different stamping operations required for the three main components.
 
The design and execution of the watch demonstrates a complete conceptual approach to the movement case and dial. The ergonomic shape of the watch case is now a characteristic of the brand’s iconic visual identity.
 
Giving existing materials a new impulse by applying them in a new manner is completely second nature to Richard Mille’s philosophy and this new edition of RM 010 perfectly embodies Richard Mille’s quest for innovation.
 
In 2004, Richard Mille introduced the Caliber RM 005, which marked the debut of an automatic winding movement with a never before seen variable geometry rotor, therefore the rotor can be adapted to the wearer’s lifestyle in order to assure optimal performance.
 
In the quest for perfection and the newest innovations Richard Mille then took the RM 005 Calibre to the next stage; two years later and the RM 010 presented the RM 005 movement in a skeletonized version. The RM 010 watch case took an entire year of research, there are 202 separate machine operations including, 68 different stamping operations required for the three main components.
 
The design and execution of the watch demonstrates a complete conceptual approach to the movement case and dial. The ergonomic shape of the watch case is now a characteristic of the brand’s iconic visual identity.
 
Giving existing materials a new impulse by applying them in a new manner is completely second nature to Richard Mille’s philosophy and this new edition of RM 010 perfectly embodies Richard Mille’s quest for innovation.
 

Technical specifications

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS OF THE RICHARD MILLE AUTOMATIC RM 010
CALIBER RM 005-S: Skeletonized automatic movement with hours, minutes, seconds, date and adjustable rotor geometry.
Dimensions: Length 48 mm x 39.30 mm (widest point) x 13.84 mm (thickest area)
MAIN FEATURES (MANY OF WHICH ARE MAJOR TECHNICAL INNOVATIONS)
ROTOR WITH VARIABLE GEOMETRY
Arm in grade 2 titanium
Flange in grade 2 titanium
6-positional adjustment via grade 5 titanium screws
Wings in 18-carat, high palladium content white gold
Weight segment in tungsten/cobalt alloy
Ceramic ball bearings
Unidirectional; anti-clockwise winding direction
This exclusive RICHARD MILLE design allows the rewinding of the mainspring to be adapted most effectively to the user’s activity level within sports or leisure environments.
By adjusting the six positional setting of the rib’s placement, the rotor’s inertia is modified, either speeding up the winding process in the case of minimal arm and hand movements, or slowing it down
when high activity sports are pursued. As a result, this invention allows the movement’s winding mechanism to be optimized and personalized to the owner’s lifestyle.
POWER RESERVE: 55 hours
WATCHCASE with improved functionality
This was the subject of an entire year of research and development. With regard to the production of each case, 68 different stamping operations are required for the three main components (bezel, middle section and case back). The machine tooling process requires 8 days of adjusting the machines
for the bezel, 5 days for the middle section and 5 days for the case back. Prior to this process, developing a methodology for carrying out this series of operations took 120 hours, the drawings for the tools 130 hours, and implementation 180 hours. Each rough case involves 202 separate machining operations.
The design and execution of the watch demonstrates a complete conceptual approach to the movement,
case and dial. As a result, everything has been constructed according to an extremely rigorous specification, in the manner of the analytical engineering methods used in the design of Formula 1 racing cars where the chassis and the engine are developed in complete harmony. 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. Features such as these are evidence of uncompromising workmanship.
The tripartite case is water resistant to 50 meters, ensured by three Nitril O-ring seals.
The case is assembled with 12 spline screws in grade 5 titanium and abrasion resistant washers in copper-nickel-zinc alloy.
 
 
CALIBER RM 005-S
BOTTOM PLATE, BRIDGES AND BALANCE COCK MADE OF TITANIUM
The manufacture of these components in grade 2 titanium with black PVD coating allows the whole assembly to be given great rigidity, as well as precise surface flatness which is essential for the perfect functioning of the gear train. The skeletonized baseplate was subjected to separate and extensive validation tests to insure optimal strength requirements.
DOUBLE BARREL SYSTEM
The double barrel system helps improve torque stability over a longer period.
This is achieved by utilizing more turns of the barrel, thereby reducing pressure and wear on the teeth, bearings and pivots, resulting in improved long-term performance.
DATE DISPLAY
Semi-instantaneous, placed in a vertical aperture at 7 o’clock. The calendar disc of sapphire crystal is treated with non-reflective coating on both sides.
INTERIOR FLANGES
Upper flange in black carbon fiber, the index points filled with approved luminous material; minute flange in black carbon fiber.
CLOSURE OF THE BARREL COVER USING OFF-CENTER SCREWS
This development is again part of the intention to make servicing easy, logical, and of a very high mechanical standard.
SPLINE SCREWS IN GRADE 5 TITANIUM FOR THE BRIDGES AND 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.
CROWN
In grade 5 micro-blasted titanium, with double seal O-ring and collar in Alcryn.
DIAL
In sapphire (thickness: 0.40 mm) with anti-glare treatment (both sides), protected by 8 silicon braces inserted in the upper and lower grooves.
CRYSTAL
Bezel side: In sapphire (1800 Vickers) with anti-glare treatment (both sides).
Thickness: 1.20 mm
Case back: In sapphire with anti-glare treatment (both sides).
Thickness: at the center 1 mm and outer edges 1.73 mm
 
 
CALIBER RM 005-S
OTHER FEATURES
DIMENSIONS OF MOVEMENT: 30.20 x 28.60 mm
THICKNESS: 6.35 mm
NUMBER OF JEWELS: 32
BARREL ARBOR – in AP 20 steel
BALANCE: GLUCYDUR, 3 arms, inertia moment 4.8 mg cm2, angle of lift 53º
FREQUENCY: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
BALANCE SPRING: ELINVAR NIVAROX
INDEX ASSEMBLY: Triovis N°2
SHOCK PROTECTION: INCABLOC 908.22.211.100 (transparent)
ESCAPEMENT WHEEL JEWELS: Rubifix (transparent)
STEM WITH THREE POSITIONS: manual winding, time setting, date adjustment
FINISHING
MOVEMENT
- Bottom plate and bridges in hand-ground titanium, wet sandblasted, PVD treated
- Anglage and polishing by hand
- Locking sections hand polished
- Burnished pivots
- Diamond polished sinks on the bridge side
- Pinions with undercuts
- Sandblasted and rhodium-plated, beveled wheels
STEEL PARTS
- Sapphire blasted surfaces
- Anglage and polishing by hand
- Screw slot and screws beveled and polished with rounded and polished tip
 

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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