The major bridges for the winding barrel, torque and power reserve indicators (above) and the tourbillon (below) are bolted to the baseplate with titanium screws and special washers. Additionally they are cut out to allow for a specific amount of flexibility. Classical movement bridges are generally much more massive in construction, and certainly do not appear to float on pylons above the baseplate as these do. The baseplate itself has additional stiffening elements that increase the level of its rigidity to the extreme. These elements can just be seen on the right side of the cross-sectional view. The technical philosophy behind this is taken directly from the construction of F1 racing car chassis and steering constructions. The aim is to insure that those structures which require stiffness for ideal functioning are as stiff as possible, with the opposite being the case for those parts where flexibility is of prime importance. Stiffness is important for the movement plate is order to guarantee that each of the gear teeth can transmit its power fully without any loss or fluctuation of the energy being released from the winding barrel. The bridges however are able to move slightly in order to increase their shock absorbing capabilities.
ROTOR WITH VARIABLE GEOMETRY
The RM 005 was the first automatic wristwatch in the world with variable rotor geometry, allowing the user to define the winding capacity and speed according to their lifestyle and activities, a technique utilized in all Richard Mille automatic wristwatches. The small 18Kt white gold winglets at the outer edge of the rotor are mobile and can be bolted into one of six different positions, thereby increasing or decreasing the centrifugal forces of the rotor.