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Richard Mille Rm 11 Ivory pink gold

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Richard Mille Rm pink gold

The first watch to carry Richard Mille’s name, the RM 001 Tourbillon, was launched at the millennium, and that first model was immediately heralded by the press as the ‘dawn of a new era in watchmaking, a revolution.’ Today, many of the guiding concepts and principles established by Richard Mille at that time have found their way into the mainstream of the industry, as witnessed by the fresh waves of inquisitiveness invigorating the present approach to visual and movement design, and the use of new materials in watchmaking.
However, past accomplishments are never a reason to sit still, and the Richard Mille collection has been able to surprise everyone each year with new innovations and designs that continue to push watchmaking to the edges of the possible, challenging norms on every level. Today’s collection offers everyone the watch of their dreams from unique and highly complex mechanical tours de force created for land, sea and air, to the most exquisite jewelry creations imaginable – and everything in between.
 

Technical specifications

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS OF THE RICHARD MILLE
CALIBER RM 011 Felipe Massa Flyback Chronograph
CALIBER RM 011-S: Skeletonized automatic winding movement with adjustable rotor geometry
offering hours, minutes, seconds, chronograph, 60-minute countdown timer, 12-hour totalizer, oversize date, month.
Dimensions: Length 50 mm x 40 mm (widest point) x 16.15 mm (thickest area).
MAIN FEATURES
(MANY OF WHICH ARE MAJOR TECHNICAL INNOVATIONS)
FLYBACK CHRONOGRAPH
By using the pusher between 4 and 5 o’clock, the running chronograph can be reset without first having to stop the mechanism. This was originally developed for pilots, in order not to lose time
(and therefore accuracy) from stopping, resetting and starting the chronograph whilst traversing a navigational point.
Running operation: The user can start or stop the chronograph function via the pusher located between 1 and 2 o’clock. The Flyback Function can be continuously reset at will by depressing the second pusher located between 4 and 5 o’clock.
Stopping: Use the start/stop pusher between 1 and 2 o’clock to stop the chronograph, then depress
the reset/flyback pusher once.
ANNULAR CALENDAR
Automatic adjustment for months of 30 or 31 days.
OVERSIZE DATE DISPLAY
Semi-instantaneous, placed in a red outlined horizontal aperture under 12 o’clock.
MONTH DISPLAY
Semi-instantaneous indicate with Arabic numerals, placed between 4 and 5 o’clock.
ROTOR WITH VARIABLE GEOMETRY
Arm in grade 2 titanium
Flange in grade 2 titanium
5-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 whether it be sporting or non-sporting environments.
By adjusting the setting of the rib’s placement, the rotor’s inertia is modified to either speed up the winding process in the case of leisurely arm movements, or slow it down when sporting activities are pursued. As a result, this invention allows the movement’s winding mechanism to be optimized and personalized to the owner’s lifestyle.
 
 
CALIBER RM 011-S
POWER RESERVE
Circa 55 hours without chronograph running.
Actual power reserve results will depend on the period of time the chronograph is utilized.
WATCHCASE
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 implemention 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 16 spline screws in grade 5 titanium and abrasion resistant washers in
copper-nickel-zinc alloy.
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.
DOUBLE BARREL SYSTEM
The double barrel system helps to improve the torque stability over a longer period.
This is achieved by using more rotationnal turns, thereby reducing pressure and friction on the
teeth, the bearings and the pivots, resulting in improved long-term performance.
INTERIOR FLANGE (upper and lower)
In carbon fiber; index points filled with approved luminous material.
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 titanium, with double seal O-ring and collar in Alcryn.
DIAL
In sapphire (thickness: 0.40 mm) with anti-glare treatment (2 sides), protected by 8 silicon braces
inserted in the upper and lower grooves.
CRYSTAL
Bezel side: in sapphire (1800 Vickers) with anti-glare treatment (2 sides).
Thickness: 1.20 mm
Case back: in sapphire with anti-glare treatment (2 sides)
Thickness: at the center 1 mm and outer edges 1.73 mm
OTHER FEATURES
Dimensions of movement: 30.30 mm x 32.75 mm x 9.00 mm
Thickness: 6.35 mm
Number of jewels: 62
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, date, hand setting
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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