Along with RM 036 model unveiled at the start of the year, Richard Mille is launching another tourbillon limited edition model dedicated to its ambassador Jean Todt in 2013. The new 35-piece restricted series timekeeper dubbed RM 058-01 is a world timer timepiece supplied with a novel adjustment system for its multiple time zone display with a night/day indication. It runs on a hand-wound tourbillon caliber which is set inside a large 50 mm wide round case made from the combination of 5N 18 K red gold and titanium. The watch is a typical Richard Mille piece equipped with many of the brand’s usual impressive technical features and supplied with a super power storage that lasts for amazing ten days. Its exclusivity and complexity are reflected in its exceptionally steep price of $620,000.
A Novel Multiple Time Zone Adjustment Mechanism
One of the most interesting traits of Richard Miller RM 058 Tourbillon Jean Todt Limited Edition timekeeper is its new multiple time zone adjustment system. It entails a uni-directional rotating bezel (which can be turned in a clock-wise direction) equipped with a wheel which is coupled to the movement and which interacts directly with the hour wheel. By simply turning the bezel so that the disc with the names of 34 major cities has the current location at the 12 o’clock position, the local time zone will be indicated via central hands. Simultaneously, the inner disc with hour designations located just inside the city ring indicates time in each of other 23 time zones. This inner disc is divided into two halves – one in white and the other in brown color – and displays showing whether it is day or night in each of the time zones.
This novel mechanism is a part of the watch’s in-house RM58-01 caliber. It is a hand-wound mechanical movement with two consecutively placed barrels which provide its fantastic power reserve that lasts for 10 days (+/- 10 percent). The caliber with the width of 39.15 mm and the height of 8.54 mm features a 11.9 mm wide tourbillon cage placed at the 9 o’clock position. It is supplied with a Glucydur balance wheel with two arms and four setting screws and a Nivarox ELNIVAR balance spring. Operating at the frequency of 3 Hz, the movement’s resistance is secured with a KIF ELASTOR shock protection system, while its barrel shaft is non-magnetic and stainless.
Advanced Features and High-End Finishes of RM58-01 In-House Caliber
Furthermore, the proprietary Richard Mille movement includes several of the brand’s usual advanced traits which enhance its overall functioning. Among them there are a mainplate, bridges and spline screws for bridges made of grade 5 titanium, a free sprung balance with variable inertia, an improved time-setting system with rolling friction (instead of the common engaging friction, a torque-limiting crown, a barrel pawl with progressive recoil and a central involute profile for winding barrel teeth and third-wheel pinion.
As it is customary for a high-end timekeeper, the movement shows off a plethora of demanding finishes. The tourbillon RM58-01 displays hand-polished beveling, hand-polished locking sections and microblasted milled sections in sapphire. Moreover, contact points are lapped and polished, pivots are burnished, while some sections in sapphire are microblasted milled. For the steel parts of the in-house caliber, Richard Mille used sapphire blasting, drawn edges, outer surfaces and hand-performed anglage and polishing. Finally, its gear wheels are ornamented with circular-smoothing, concave diamond chamfering and gilding.
A Complex Red Gold and Titanium Round Case
The new tourbillon model by Richard Mille and Jean Totd has an extremely complex housing, even by the standards of the brand. Its four-part structure incorporates nearly 200 components. The fixed lower bezel and the case back of the timekeeper are made from 5N 18K red gold that receives polished and satin-brushed treatment. For the middle section of the case, the Genevan brand utilized grade 5 black titanium with a vertical satin-brushed finish, whereas the rotating upper bezel is once again in grade 5 titanium, but thus with horizontal satin-brushing, as well as with polished beveling. Secured with no less than 20 titanium spline screws and nitrile O-ring seals, the circular housing is water proof to basic 30 meters.
Both the front and the back of watch are guarded with double anti-reflective coated sapphire crystals. On the front side, 1,800 Vickers hard material is 1.1 mm thick in the center and a bit thicker at the edges (measuring to 1.75 mm). The rear sapphire is 1.mm thick in the mid-point and 1.9 mm thick on the periphery. Beneath the frontal sapphire there are a flange with a brown galvanic treatment and a 0.4 mm thick skeletonized sapphire dial. Once again, sapphire is double glare-proofed. The dial features a tourbillon carriage at the far left, a power reserve indication opposite to it, triangular red gold hands with luminous tips, as well as luminous round hour markers and three Roman numerals.
The 35-piece limited edition Richard Mille RM 058-1 timekeeper will be sold at the extremely high price of $620,000. A part of the earnings will be donated to the Jean Todt’s Global Campaign for Road Safety and to the ICM Brain and Spine Institute which the FIA President co-founded.