Richard Mille has added another limited edition to its palette of products. The new RM 030 Americas Limited Edition, based on the model first presented a couple of years ago, will be available only in North And South America, as it is clear from its name. Though still employing the same RMAR1 caliber used in its predecessor from 2011, the watch can still be considered as an innovativeness because it includes a special declutching mechanism for its automatic winding which was premiered in its archetype model. Unlike the watch it is based on, the new limited edition with orange accents will be available in a high-tech case material – carbon nanofiber. The series is restricted to just 30 pieces which will be sold at the price of $135,000.
Much Lighter despite the Same Dimensions
RM 030 Americas Limited Edition is the fourth watch that is solely available in the brand’s boutiques and authorized retailers in North and South America. Prior to the new timekeeper, this was the case with special series of RM 011, RM 015 and RM 028 models. This model in particular had two previous Americas-only incarnations called RM 030 Black Out and RM 030 Black Rose. However, unlike these versions, the newcomer comes in a body made from carbon nanofiber material which was previously used on the brand’s flagship models, such as the timepiece made for Rafael Nadal. The use of a high-tech material for the housing means that the tonneau-shaped watch with the water resistance to 50 meters now has significantly reduced weight, despite preserving the same dimensions (the length of 50 mm, the width of 42.7 mm and the height of 13.95 mm).
RMR1 Caliber that Prevents Overwinding
The technical prowess of RM 030 model is based on its RMR1 automatic mechanical caliber with a declutchable rotor. This mechanism ensures that when the twin barrels of its winding system are fully wound, there will be no additional overwinding that can be fairly harmful to the movement, especially regarding its precision. The traditional solution to this problem was the inclusion of a sliding flange which enables the spring to slip. However, this is far from ideal due to the excessive energy. To address this problem, Richard Mille developed a concept design that allowed the rotor to declutch automatically once the mainspring is fully wound. In addition, the newly developed winding system is coupled with a charging indicator. Once the power reserve that stores enough energy for 50 hours is full, the rotor is disconnected until the power reserve reaches 40 hours. This way, Richard Mille has ensured the optimal ratio of constant torque in order to enhance the accuracy of the movement.
RMR1 caliber likewise has a free sprung balance with variable inertia which improves resistance to shocks and facilitates assembly and disassembly of the movement. Thanks to the elimination of the regulator index and the inclusion of a more punctual adjustment with the use of four tiny adjustable weights which reside directly on the balance. Concerning other impressive features, RMR1 caliber also possesses a torque limiting crown, a rotor with variable energy that allows adjustment of the winding system to the wearer’s level of activity, the use of titanium as the material for the mainplate, bridges, balance cock and the crown, as well as for PVD coating for barrel bridges, and sapphire-blasted and hand-drawn surfaces. Moreover, it is worth mentioning that the in-house movement has the operating frequency of 4 Hz, incorporates 40 jewels, Incabloc shock protection and has the dimensions of 30.29 mm x 28.45 mm x 5.59 mm.
Most of the traits that are unique for the latest Americas-only limited edition of RM 030 watch can be observed with a simple look on skeletonized face of the piece. The latest 30-piece series is made with orange flange, crown protector and skeleton luminous hands. The sapphire 0.4 mm thick dial with a double glare-proof treatment of the timekeeper is guarded with eight braces made from silicone. Over the dial, there is a crystal in the same material and the same anti-reflective treatment. It is 1.5 mm thick and features the hardness of 1,800 Vickers. Sapphire is likewise the material used for the transparent section of the case-back. A look on the face of the dial reveals that it includes a retrograde power reserve scale at the left part and an on/off indicator that shows whether the rotor is detached from the winding system which sits at the top of the face. Furthermore, the dial integrates white Arabic numerals and a semi-instantaneous vertical dial aperture.