Exploring aeronautics themes in greater depth, Richard Mille has created a caliber designed for flight navigation. This complete and technically sophisticated instrument is an ultra-modern interpretation of an essential device used by every established pilot. It also reproduces the materials and visual codes used in the aviation industry.
The design of this tourbillon flyback chronograph -with nearly 1,000 components- required many years of continuous research and development. This unique complication is the first of its kind at Richard Mille and the first of its kind in the world. Limited edition of 30 pieces
UTC FUNCTION Display of a second time zone by means of a hand filled with superluminova. It can be easily adjusted using the function selector.
POWER RESERVE Circa 70 hours (displayed on a numerical scale at 2 o'clock).
OVERSIZE DATE DISPLAY Semi-instantaneous, it is horizontally placed beneath 12 o’clock and functions via two skeletonized calendar discs. The date can be easily corrected using the pusher located at 2 o’clock.
CALIBER RM039 Manual winding tourbillon movement with hours, minutes, seconds at 6 o'clock, UTC function, oversize date, flyback chronograph with central seconds and minutes counter and hours at 9 o'clock, countdown mode, function selector and power reserve indicator.
The architecture of this movement has enabled a coherent and rational arrangement of components. It avoids superfluous superimpositions and features technical solutions that optimize its functions. For example, the geometry of the column wheel has been designed to ensure perfect synchronization of the control of the different levers, even over the long term. This synchronization is essential for creating a faultless timing instrument. This new design has been implemented to conserve regulation and ensure perfect long-term operation.
Operation: the user can start or stop the chronograph by means of a pusher located at 10 o'clock. The flyback function can be reset to zero at any time using the pusher located at 8 o'clock. To stop: use the start/stop pusher located at 10 o'clock to stop the chronograph, then press the RESET/FLYBACK pusher
The hand of the chronograph minutes counter can be used in countdown mode by means of a pusher located at 9 o'clock. Pressing it once activates the function. An aperture at 7 o'clock displays the mode selected: ON for countdown mode and OFF for chronograph mode.
Operation: a pusher at 4 o'clock enables the hand to be adjusted quickly between 59 minutes and 01 minutes. Pressing lightly will advance the hand by one minute, while pressing more firmly will advance it by 5 minutes. Once the countdown time has been set, the pusher at 10 o'clock can be used to start the chronograph. When the minutes hand reaches zero, the display at 7 o'clock changes to OFF. At any moment, the function can be reset to zero via the flyback by pressing the pusher at 8 o'clock.
BALANCE WHEEL WITH VARIABLE INERTIA
This type of balance wheel which represents the ultimate in innovation, guarantees greater reliability when subjected to shock and also during assembly and dismantling of the movement, thus achieving better chronometric results over time. The index is eliminated, thereby allowing a more precise and repeatable adjustment using 4 setting screws.
FAST ROTATING BARREL (5 hours per revolution instead of 7.5 hours)
This type of barrel provides the following advantages: - The phenomenon of periodic internal mainspring adhesion is significantly diminished, thereby
increasing performance, - Provision of an excellent mainspring delta curve with an ideal power reserve/performance and
WINDING BARREL TEETH AND THIRD-WHEEL PINION WITH CENTRAL INVOLUTE PROFILE
The wheel with a central developing profile and a pressure angle of 20° promotes rolling movement more effectively, compensates differences between centers, ensures excellent torque transmission and a distinct improvement in performance.
- Hand-polished bevelling
- Microblasted milled section
- Polished sinks
- PVD surface treatment on the baseplate and bridges
- Satin-finished surfaces
- Hand-polished bevelling
- Hand-polished sinks
- Hand-burnished sections
- Lapped and polished ends - Burnished pivots
- Polished post faces
- Concave chamfering with a diamond tool
- Diamond-polished angles
- Circular-finished faces
- Rhodium-plating (before cutting the teeth)
- A few small retouching operations are carried out on the wheels to preserve their geometry and performance
50.00 mm x 19.40mm