RM 017
RM 017
RM 017

Men's collection

RM 017

EXTRA FLAT TOURBILLON

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ABSOLUTE BEAUTY AND PURITY

The RM 017 embodied our next challenge: how to reconcile the extra flat with the complex mechanism of a tourbillon. The paradox was similar to trying to construct a Formula 1 racing car from a luxury saloon automobile. What thrilled me about this was creating a harmony between excellence/mechanical performance and ergonomics.

Main characteristics

This model enables the unobstructed contemplation of a technical spectacle thanks to a clear field of vision: the large Roman hour-markers are engraved/suggested on the sapphire crystal itself. To enhance the timepiece’s visual beauty, extremely slender bridges were used to highlight its architecture and mechanical structure, clearly visible through the case back.
Rectangular case. Available in titanium, 18k white gold or red gold, and gem-set case.

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CALIBER RM 017
Manual winding, extra flat tourbillon movement with hours, minutes, power reserve and function indicator.

TORQUE LIMITING CROWN IN TITANIUM This additional security system prevents from accidental overwinding, which could cause damage such as the winding stem breaking or too much pressure on the barrel spring.

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CALIBER RM 017
Manual winding, extra flat tourbillon movement with hours, minutes, power reserve and function indicator.

POWER RESERVE Circa 70 hours, located on a scale at 2 o’clock.

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CALIBER RM 017
Manual winding, extra flat tourbillon movement with hours, minutes, power reserve and function indicator.

FUNCTION INDICATOR In a manner similar to a car's gearbox, the function indicator allows one to see the winding, neutral and hand setting positions as the crown is pulled out. Each position is indicated via a hand at 4 o’clock displaying the following functions: W (Winding) – N (Neutral) – H (Hands).

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CALIBER RM 017
Manual winding, extra flat tourbillon movement with hours, minutes, power reserve and function indicator.

CALIBER RM 017 Manual winding, extra flat tourbillon movement with hours, minutes, power reserve and function indicator.

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Approximate scale 1 : 1

Main characteristics

This model enables the unobstructed contemplation of a technical spectacle thanks to a clear field of vision: the large Roman hour-markers are engraved/suggested on the sapphire crystal itself. To enhance the timepiece’s visual beauty, extremely slender bridges were used to highlight its architecture and mechanical structure, clearly visible through the case back.
Rectangular case. Available in titanium, 18k white gold or red gold, and gem-set case.

WATCHCASE

The RM 017 portrays the current collection’s themes of motor sport and sailing, reflected in sleek, discreet lines that are among the thinnest of the collection, it represents a new, visual transformation suitable for all occasions with the same wrist fitting curvature and taper typical of all Richard Mille creations.
The case represents an uncompromising approach, with extensive attention to all details of the case design with numerous stamping and machining operations required for the three main components (front bezel, back bezel and caseband). More than 18 days of machine adjustment are required and more than 400 hours of technical research and drawing even before production can begin. Each case requires 202 separate machining operations. The case of the RM 017 requires 39 swaging operations including 16 striking, 270 milling operations.
The machining lasts 4 hours and 15 minutes. Concerning the finishing work, 1 day is needed for grinding, glazing and polishing. The design and execution of this watchcase typifies the complete holistic approach to all parts of the movement, case and dial. As a result, everything has been constructed according to extremely rigorous specifications. For example, a casing ring is no longer used and the movement is mounted on chassis mounting rubbers (ISO SW) fixed by 4 titanium screws. The tripartite case is water resistant to 30 meters, ensured by two Nitril O-ring seals. The case is assembled with 12 spline screws in grade 5 titanium and abrasion resistant washers in 316L stainless steel.

WATCHCASE

The RM 017 portrays the current collection’s themes of motor sport and sailing, reflected in sleek, discreet lines that are among the thinnest of the collection, it represents a new, visual transformation suitable for all occasions with the same wrist fitting curvature and taper typical of all Richard Mille creations.
The case represents an uncompromising approach, with extensive attention to all details of the case design with numerous stamping and machining operations required for the three main components (front bezel, back bezel and caseband). More than 18 days of machine adjustment are required and more than 400 hours of technical research and drawing even before production can begin. Each case requires 202 separate machining operations. The case of the RM 017 requires 39 swaging operations including 16 striking, 270 milling operations.
The machining lasts 4 hours and 15 minutes. Concerning the finishing work, 1 day is needed for grinding, glazing and polishing. The design and execution of this watchcase typifies the complete holistic approach to all parts of the movement, case and dial. As a result, everything has been constructed according to extremely rigorous specifications. For example, a casing ring is no longer used and the movement is mounted on chassis mounting rubbers (ISO SW) fixed by 4 titanium screws. The tripartite case is water resistant to 30 meters, ensured by two Nitril O-ring seals. The case is assembled with 12 spline screws in grade 5 titanium and abrasion resistant washers in 316L stainless steel.

TITANIUM BASEPLATE

These components are manufactured in grade 5 titanium and treated with a black PVD coating. As a consequence the whole assembly is extremely rigid, with precise surface flatness, an essential for the perfect functioning of the geartrain.

VARIABLE INERTIA, FREE SPRUNG BALANCE

The free-sprung balance provides better reliability in the event of shocks, movement assembly and disassembly. It also guarantees better chronometric results over an extended period of time.

VARIABLE INERTIA, FREE SPRUNG BALANCE

The free-sprung balance provides better reliability in the event of shocks, movement assembly and disassembly. It also guarantees better chronometric results over an extended period of time.

FAST ROTATING BARREL


This type of barrel provides the following advantages: - The phenomenon of periodic internal mains- pring adhesion is significantly diminished, thereby increasing performance. - Provision of an excellent mainspring delta curve with an ideal power reserve/performance and regularity ratio.

Characteristics

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.

SPLINE SCREWS IN GRADE 5 TITANIUM FOR THE BRIDGES
This permits better control of the torque applied to the screws during assembly. These screws are therefore unaffected by physical manipulation during assembly or disassembly and age well.

BARREL PAWL WITH PROGRESSIVE RECOIL
This device permits an appreciable winding gain (circa 20%), especially during the start of winding. It is also helpful in the distribution of the mainspring’s internal tension.

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.

OTHER FEATURES
- Movement dimensions: 31.20 x 29.45 mm • Thickness: 4.65 mm
- Tourbillon diameter: 12.30 mm
- Balance wheel diameter: 10.00 mm
- Jewels: 23, set in white gold chatons
- Balance: Glucydur, 2 arms, 4 setting screws,
moment of inertia 10 mg•cm2, angle of lift 53° • Frequency: 21,600 vph (3 Hz)
- Balance spring: ELINVAR by Nivarox®
- Shock protection: KIF ELASTOR KE 160 B28
- Barrel shaft: in nickel-free chronifer
(DIN x 46 Cr 13 + S)
with the following characteristics:
stainless - antimagnetic - suitable for tempering.

FINISHING

Movement
- Anglage and polishing by hand
- Locking sections hand polished
- Sapphire blasted milled sections
- Lapped and polished contact points • Burnished pivots

Steel parts
- Sapphire blasted surfaces
- Anglage and polishing by hand • Burnished sections
- Satin finished surfaces

Wheels
- Concave chamfering with a diamond tool
- Circular finished faces
- Rhodium-plating (before cutting the teeth)
- Minimal corrections applied to the wheels in order to preserve geometry and performance.

DIMENSIONS
49.80 mm x 38.00 mm x 8.70 mm