As for the RM 021, the new RM 022 communicates space and supersonic speed that inspire the brand since 2001. However this Tourbillon has another attribute in that it is the first watch to combine a dual time zone with an external structure in titanium combined with orthorhombic titanium aluminides and carbon nanofibres.
Richard Mille wanted to take the successful experiments with the RM 021 a stage further, making the watch more convenient to use for frequent travellers.
So a new time zone was added.
For this tourbillon model, he retained again the extreme comfort that was achieved to make the watch more enjoyable to wear and live with.
The titanium honeycomb structure is the main contributing factor.
TORQUE INDICATOR Utilising a numeric scale located between 12 and 1 o’clock, the indicator provides visualisation of the mainspring’s internal tension, allowing optimisation of the movement’s timing. 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.
FUNCTION SELECTOR In a manner similar to a car's gearbox, a push-button located at the center of the crown allows one to select the winding, neutral and hand setting functions with a simple push. A hand at 4 o’clock displays the selected function: W (Winding) – N (Neutral) – H (Hands).
DUAL TIME ZONE INDICATOR Indicates a dual time zone with hours on a transparent sapphire crystal disc. These come into view when suspended above the light colored field located near 3 o’clock. The dual time zone is simple to adjust via a pusher located at 9 o’clock.
CALIBER RM 022 Manual winding tourbillon movement with hours, minutes, dual time zone, power reserve, torque indicator and function selector.