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RM 009

TOURBILLON - FELIPE MASSA

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WORLD’S FIRST APPLICATION OF ALUSIC IN WATCHMAKING

This Richard Mille tourbillon wristwatch, developed in conjunction with the Formula 1 racing driver Felipe Massa and named after him, has been produced in a limited edition of 25 numbered watches. This experimental series represents the first time in the history of horology that a movement baseplate has been manufactured in Aluminum-Lithium and represents years of research and development.

Main characteristics

The objective of this experimental application of materials contained a dual challenge: the creation of the lightest mechanical watch ever made, and the realization of a tourbillon model able to endure vibrations, accelerations, decelerations and shocks in order to be a reliable companion for Felipe Massa during his tests, practice runs and Formula 1 races.

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CALIBER RM009 FM
Manual winding tourbillon with hours and minutes.

BRIDGES AND TOURBILLON CAGE IN TITANIUM AND ALUMINIUM/COPPER/MAGNESIUM

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CALIBER RM009 FM
Manual winding tourbillon with hours and minutes.

TRIPARTITE CASA With water resistance insured by three Nitril O-ring seals with titanium tube driven in and glued. Assembly with spline screws (12) in grade 5 titanium and abrasion-resistant washers in copper-nickel-zinc alloy.

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CALIBER RM009 FM
Manual winding tourbillon with hours and minutes.

BASE PLATE MADE OF ALUMINIUM-LITHIUM ALLOY These components in grade 2 titanium with black PVD coating allows the whole assembly to be given great rigidity, as well as precise surface flatness which is essential for the perfect functioning of the gear train. The skeletonized baseplate was subjected to separate and extensive validation tests to insure optimal strength requirements.

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CALIBER RM009 FM
Manual winding tourbillon with hours and minutes.

CALIBER RM009 FM Manual winding tourbillon with hours and minutes.

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Approximate scale 1 : 1

Main characteristics

The objective of this experimental application of materials contained a dual challenge: the creation of the lightest mechanical watch ever made, and the realization of a tourbillon model able to endure vibrations, accelerations, decelerations and shocks in order to be a reliable companion for Felipe Massa during his tests, practice runs and Formula 1 races.

CASE

This was the subject of four years of research and development. This case is made of ALUSIC (AluminiumAS7G-Silicium-Carbon alloy), an exclusive material reserved solely for use in exceptional satellites, due to its enormous cost and its resistance to manufacturing processes. With a density of 2.95, its high wear resistance and superior level of rigidity combined with low weight allows the total watch (case and movement) to weigh less than 30 grams.

CASE

This was the subject of four years of research and development. This case is made of ALUSIC (AluminiumAS7G-Silicium-Carbon alloy), an exclusive material reserved solely for use in exceptional satellites, due to its enormous cost and its resistance to manufacturing processes. With a density of 2.95, its high wear resistance and superior level of rigidity combined with low weight allows the total watch (case and movement) to weigh less than 30 grams.

TEETH OF BARREL AND THIRD WHEEL PINION WITH CORRECTED INVOLUTE PROFILE

The corrected profiles of the teeth allows a double pressure angle of 10° and 20°, thus effectively promoting smooth movement and compensating possible variations of engagement. This ensures excellent torque transmission and a distinct improvement in performance.

CRYSTAL

Bezel side: in sapphire (1800 Vickers) with anti-glare treatment (2 sides). Thickness: 1,20 mm Case-back: in sapphire with anti-glare treatment (2 sides) Thickness : at the center 1 mm and outer edges 1.73 mm

CRYSTAL

Bezel side: in sapphire (1800 Vickers) with anti-glare treatment (2 sides). Thickness: 1,20 mm Case-back: in sapphire with anti-glare treatment (2 sides) Thickness : at the center 1 mm and outer edges 1.73 mm

Characteristics

OTHER CHARACTERISTICS

MOVEMENT DIMENSIONS: 30.20 x 28.60 mm THICKNESS: 6.35 mm
DIAMETER OF THE TOURBILLON CAGE: 10.90 mm DIAMETER OF THE BALANCE WHEEL: 10 mm NUMBER OF JEWELS: 19
BALANCE WHEEL: GLUCYDUR, 2 arms.
MOMENT OF INERTIA: 10 mg/cm2, lever angle 53°
FREQUENCY: 21,600 vph (3 Hz)
POWER RESERVE : 48 hours
BALANCE SPRING: ELINVAR by NIVAROX
SHOCK PROTECTION: KIF ELASTOR KE 160 B28
JEWELS: set in titanium chatons
BARREL SHAFT: in chronifer without nickel (DIN x 46 Cr 13 + S),
which has the following characteristics: non-oxidizable – antimagnetic – hardened.

FINISHING

MOVEMENT
- Anglage and polishing by hand
- Locking sections hand polished
- Sapphire blasted milled sections
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