RM 056
RM 056
RM 056

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RM 056

TOURBILLON CHRONOGRAPH SAPPHIRE - FELIPE MASSA

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PRECIOUS, HYPER-TECHNICAL MASTERPIECE

The term was used to designate a proof of excellence that an artist or artisan had to present in order to be promoted to the rank of master in his guild. At the crucial moment when seeing the first prototype, Richard Mille remembered how, as a child, he used to be fascinated by exploded views of engines, cars and aircraft. he used to spend hours lost in contemplation of these drawings, which showed meticulous representations in space of all the parts of a complex mechanism, as if the object had burst outwards, yielding this view of all its components.

Main characteristics

Thus the obvious solution, to reveal the whole architecture of this model in 3D, was a transparent case. And the additional difficulty here was to make it from sapphire crystal. Due to the composition of this material (crystals of aluminium oxide), machining it is an absolutely
colossal undertaking. This watchcase, in fact, takes three months to make and throws up a staggering rate of quality-control rejections. If our watchcases were already reputed to be the most complex to make in the industry, this one became a feat that was nothing short of
phenomenal.

It was what Richard Mille had been dreaming of: producing an object to be both seen and used. 

Limited edition of 5 pieces in sapphire.

01
TORQUE INDICATOR
Supplies information about the mainspring’s tension, thus permitting the optimalization of the chronometric functioning of the movement. Below 53 dNmm, the spring is considered to be too slack, while above 65 dNmm, the excessive spring tension can adversely affect the mechanism’s operation, or else actually endanger it. These indications appear on the numerical zone to the right of the barrel.

CALIBER RMCC1 Manual winding tourbillon movement with hours, minutes, split-seconds chronograph and power reserve, torque and function indicators.

02
TORQUE INDICATOR
Supplies information about the mainspring’s tension, thus permitting the optimalization of the chronometric functioning of the movement. Below 53 dNmm, the spring is considered to be too slack, while above 65 dNmm, the excessive spring tension can adversely affect the mechanism’s operation, or else actually endanger it. These indications appear on the numerical zone to the right of the barrel.

FUNCTION SELECTOR 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).

03
TORQUE INDICATOR
Supplies information about the mainspring’s tension, thus permitting the optimalization of the chronometric functioning of the movement. Below 53 dNmm, the spring is considered to be too slack, while above 65 dNmm, the excessive spring tension can adversely affect the mechanism’s operation, or else actually endanger it. These indications appear on the numerical zone to the right of the barrel.

CHRONO COMPETITION MOVEMENT The RMCC1 movement is inspired by the tourbillon caliber with split-seconds chronograph from the RM008. Released in 2004, this caliber has established itself as one of the most complex in the world thanks to its tourbillon movement operating a split-seconds chronograph. The caliber RMCC1 is not just a simple exercise based on the movement of the RM008. Richard Mille’s engineers spent several months reducing the weight of the caliber. This is a delicate operation when you consider that the weight of the caliber RMCC1 has been cut by 20% compared with the RM 008 to bring it under 10 grams. This required the reworking and manufacture of over 400 parts in the movement. At the same time our engineers have optimized this movement to the maximum, particularly in terms of its time-measuring precision and long-term reliability.

04
TORQUE INDICATOR
Supplies information about the mainspring’s tension, thus permitting the optimalization of the chronometric functioning of the movement. Below 53 dNmm, the spring is considered to be too slack, while above 65 dNmm, the excessive spring tension can adversely affect the mechanism’s operation, or else actually endanger it. These indications appear on the numerical zone to the right of the barrel.

TORQUE INDICATOR Supplies information about the mainspring’s tension, thus permitting the optimalization of the chronometric functioning of the movement. Below 53 dNmm, the spring is considered to be too slack, while above 65 dNmm, the excessive spring tension can adversely affect the mechanism’s operation, or else actually endanger it. These indications appear on the numerical zone to the right of the barrel.

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Approximate scale 1 : 1

Main characteristics

Thus the obvious solution, to reveal the whole architecture of this model in 3D, was a transparent case. And the additional difficulty here was to make it from sapphire crystal. Due to the composition of this material (crystals of aluminium oxide), machining it is an absolutely
colossal undertaking. This watchcase, in fact, takes three months to make and throws up a staggering rate of quality-control rejections. If our watchcases were already reputed to be the most complex to make in the industry, this one became a feat that was nothing short of
phenomenal.

It was what Richard Mille had been dreaming of: producing an object to be both seen and used. 

Limited edition of 5 pieces in sapphire.

CASE

The entire case - front bezel, caseband, back bezel - of the split seconds Competition Chronograph RM 056 Felipe Massa Sapphire are cut and milled from solid blocks of sapphire. The production of this sapphire structure took years of research and testing in order to ensure an adequate response to the demands of strength and comfort. Sapphire is known as a particularly scratch-resistant material with a hardness of 1,800 Vickers. Made of aluminium oxide (Al2O3) crystals, it is transparent thanks to its molecular composition. The machining of such components was the biggest challenge faced by Richard Mille Watches, a challenge made all the more difficult as the sapphire machining process is exceptionally delicate. Although extremely tough, sapphire does not allow for even the slightest error during milling and cutting. Creating a case of this quality took over 1000 hours of machining, of which 430 hours were spent on pre-forming the case components and 350 hours on polishing the whole watch case. For excellent optical properties, the front bezel and the back bezel have been treated with an anti-glare coating. The tripartite case is water resistant to 50 meters, ensured by two Nitril O-ring seals. The case is assembled with 20 Spline screws in grade 5 titanium and abrasion resistant washers in 316L stainless steel.

CASE

The entire case - front bezel, caseband, back bezel - of the split seconds C