The Swiss horological industry today represents the culmination of more than 450 years’ development, with an accordingly rich and highly complex economic, social and technological history. Richard Mille Watches has developed its own specific approach to watchmaking with the core strength of specialization within the industry, redefining historical working methods. The best partners with the greatest ability and quality are vetted and chosen personally by Richard Mille. Since there are virtually no standard parts existing in a Richard Mille watch, everything must be contained within the codified final concept exemplifying Richard’s holistic approach to every detail.
In 2001 the RM 001 marked the beginning of a new era in watchmaking.
Thus, the first Richard Mille watch was born, whose release revolutionized the world of fine watchmaking.
That first model, the inspiration of several to follow in the ensuing years, was consciously meant to serve as the landmark for the brand, an embodiment of concepts that could define a vision of 21st century watchmaking.
POWER RESERVE 70 hours (indicated on the numeric scale to the left of the winding barrel).
CERAMIC ENDSTONE FOR THE TOURBILLON CAGE This reflects a technical and long-term view towards the elimination of wear phenomena, resulting in improved technical tribology.
TORQUE INDICATOR Shows the mainspring tension and enables the movement timing to be optimized. Below 53 dNmm, the spring is too slack; at the other extreme, above 65 dNmm, excessive tension can adversely affect the running of the movement and may even cause damage. (These indications appear on the numeric scale to the right of the winding barrel).
CALIBER RM001-1 Manual winding tourbillon movement with hours, minutes, power reserve, torque indicator.
Invented by A.L. Breguet in the 18th, perfected and codified by Edouard Phillips in the 19th, the specially calculated shape of the Breguet/Phillips balance spring provides excellent chronometric results in tourbillon escapements.
New in-line escapement design, aimed at reducing friction.
CLOSURE OF THE BARREL COVER BY EXCENTRIC SCREWS
This development is part of a coherent and logical philosophy regarding longevity and the mechanical maintenance of ultra-high quality wristwatches and machines.
CENTRAL BRIDGE IN RIGIDIFIED ARCAP
The ribs ensure better rigidity for the bottom plate/bridge assembly.
WINDING BARREL TEETH AND THIRD-WHEEL PINION WITH CENTRAL INVOLUTE PROFILE
The central involute profile of the winding barrel teeth and pinion provides an optimal pressure angle of 20°. This promotes effective rotary motion and allows for compensation of possible variations in the engagement of the going train, thus insuring excellent torque transmission with a distinct improvement in performance.
- MOVEMENT DIMENSIONS: 30.20 x 28.60 mm
- THICKNESS: 6.35 mm
- TOURBILLON DIAMETER: 12.30 mm
- BALANCE WHEEL DIAMETER: 10 mm
- NUMBER OF JEWELS: 23
- BALANCE: GLUCYDUR, 2 arms, 4 setting screws, inertia moment 10 mg cm2 , angle of lift 53° FREQUENCY: 21,600 vph (3 Hz)
- BALANCE SPRING: ELINVAR alloy by NIVAROX
- TORQUE INDICATOR: reference measurement in dNmm
- SHOCK PROTECTION: KIF ELASTOR KE 160 B28
- ENDSTONE FOR THE TOURBILLON CAGE : in ceramic material
- JEWELS set in white gold chatons
- BARREL SHAFT in nickel-free chronifer (DIN x 46 Cr 13 + S), with the following characteristics:
stainless - antimagnetic - suitable for tempering
- Anglage and polishing by hand
- Locking sections hand-polished
- Sapphire blasted milled sections
- Lapped and polished contact points - Burnished pivots
- PVD coated brass baseplate
- Sapphire blasted surfaces
- Anglage and polishing by hand
- Concave chamfering with a diamond tool
- Circular finished faces
- Gilded (before cutting the teeth)
- Minimum correction applied to the wheels in order to preserve geometry and performance.
Length 45 mm x 38.30 mm (widest point) x 11.85 mm (thickest area)