Thinness and transparency are the two major trends of modern craftsmanship. It seems that simple and classic designs are much better than messy and complicated. Nowadays, it is also the trend of the watch industry to make watches that meet the public’s aesthetics and no shortage of brand styles. Words such as thinness and simplicity are simple to say, but it is more difficult to do. The weight of the craft material itself and the double test of the design have set a level for the brand, waiting to overcome and surpass. Richard Van Mill, the watch pioneer, created this ultra-thin, transparent sapphire crystal tourbillon watch with his cutting-edge watchmaking technology and innovative watch design. (Watch model: RM 56-02)
Continuing the classic model
RM 056 watch
Many years ago, Richard Mille launched the RM 056 sapphire crystal tourbillon double-track chronograph. This watch is a milestone in watchmaking technology. Never before has there been a sapphire crystal. The case for such a complex case. Its sequel, RM 56-01, is even made of sapphire crystal for the base plate, plywood and three wheels. The classic part of these two watches continues on RM 56-02. In addition to using a large number of sapphire crystals to create transparent parts, it also cleverly adopts the steel cable suspension mechanical structure of RM 27-01. Not only increases the watch’s viewing degree, it also adds mechanical craftsmanship points.
The weight of the watch is reduced by the substrate made of sapphire crystal. The RM movement is completely suspended in the sapphire glass case. It is fixed by four specially-made four steel cables with a thickness of only 0.35mm. The device at 9 o’clock is used to adjust the cable Tight, an arrow-shaped indicator below 12 o’clock is used to show whether the entire cable structure is normal, to ensure that the movement works properly.
Everywhere in the watch is full of the wisdom of artisans
Watch case display
The three-layer case of the watch is processed by the well-known expert Mr. Stettler who processes sapphire crystals in Lyss, Switzerland. Mr. Stettler previously worked with Richard Mille to complete the RM 56 difficult movement components, as well as the unique, wrist-like, and extremely comfortable three-layer case. Sapphire crystal is made by precipitating fine alumina crystal powder (Al2O3) in a high temperature and high pressure furnace, which makes it resistant to scratching by any material other than diamond and has excellent anti-wear properties. In the manufacturing process of RM 56-02, only the part of the watch case needs continuous processing for 40 days and nights, and then 400 hours of processing and detailed decoration are required to complete the manufacture of the movement bridge plate. The comparatively man-hour cost, it goes without saying that the technical complexity and engineering arduousness.
Watch upper circle display
The upper and lower bezels of the watch’s dial are anti-glare treated, using two transparent nitrile rubber O-rings, and assembled with 24 grade 5 titanium alloy spline screws, with a water resistance of 30 meters. The translucent strap is made of Aerospace Nano®, a material developed exclusively for Richard Mille by Biwi SA. It brings a silky and soft touch, as if it is integrated with the skin.
The safety of the movement was handed over to the rope
Watch cable and movement display
Based on special development and innovative design, the single braided steel cable with a diameter of only 0.35 mm suspends the RM 56-02 tourbillon movement made of grade 5 titanium alloy in the center of the sapphire crystal case. The steel cable traveling through the transparent space is as reliable as the cable on the cable car, and is fastened by 4 pulleys in the corner of the movement and 6 pulleys on the periphery of the movement. The tensioning force of the cable is controlled by the tensioner at 9 o’clock. The entire cable device is then connected to a tension indicator at 12 o’clock, so the wearer can easily check the cable tension to confirm that it just meets the timing performance requirements.
Icing on the cake
Watch movement display
This watch is added to the original sapphire crystal movement, and the newly designed sapphire crystal barrel box and tourbillon bridge are added. Being able to complete this technological innovation just right, clear and smooth, is undoubtedly the supreme achievement of the sapphire crystal watch series, and it is the icing on the cake of the Richard Mille watch series’ top creativity and excellent craftsmanship.
Summary: The heritage of the classic craftsmanship of the RM 56 three-generation watch, coupled with the modern aesthetics and innovative steel cable fixed watch elements, make the tourbillon watch, which is taller, more attractive. Lightweight, flexible and transparent, it is the perfect interpretation of Richard Mille’s innovative watchmaking technology. Unlike other watches, which are exquisite and luxurious, this watch exudes the breath of technology everywhere and is one of the most attractive watches in the brand’s many classic models. The RM 56-02 watch is limited to 10 pieces in the world. If you like it, you may enter the RM store to see its style.