RM 056
RM 056
RM 056

RM 056

TOURBILLON CHRONOGRAPH SAPPHIRE - FELIPE MASSA

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10TH ANNIVERSARY LIMITED EDITION

Brazilian Formula 1 driver Felipe Massa is the first sporting figure to have joined the Richard Mille family. A long-time test driver for Richard Mille watches, it was he who enabled the brand to initiate and accomplish astonishing feats in watchmaking development. Renowned by experts for its uncompromising technicality, at the very core of the RM 056 tourbillon caliber is a synthesis of the brand’s most exciting innovations. Comprised of more than 500 individual components, the grade 5 titanium RMCC1 caliber plays host to one of horology’s most exquisite complications: a split-seconds chronograph. This tourbillon movement also boasts indicators for the power reserve and torque, and a function selector. As meticulous in their craft as Felipe Massa in his own sphere, the engineers at Richard Mille have optimized the movement, fine-tuning its time-keeping precision and improving the operation of its split-seconds by reducing friction, and ensuring the long-term reliability of the caliber.

Main characteristics

Often imitated, but never equaled, this tour de force of style and engineering represented a considerable challenge: machining sapphire is an exceedingly complex procedure, requiring no less than 1000 hours of work for each case, including 430 hours of filing and 350 hours of polishing for the bezel, case middle and case-back ensemble. Limited Edition of 10.

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

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

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).

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

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.

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

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

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Main characteristics

Often imitated, but never equaled, this tour de force of style and engineering represented a considerable challenge: machining sapphire is an exceedingly complex procedure, requiring no less than 1000 hours of work for each case, including 430 hours of filing and 350 hours of polishing for the bezel, case middle and case-back ensemble. Limited Edition of 10.

CASE

The entire case 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 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.

CHRONOGRAPH

The modern architecture of this movement has allowed for a coherent and rational arrangement of each constituent part, avoiding unnecessary complexity and permitting the best possible use of functions with technical solutions. For example, research was conducted into the geometric design of the column wheels that control the different levers in order to ensure the perfect, long-term, stable and simultaneous functioning of the chronograph mechanism, a feature that is essential for a high performance chronograph. Operation: the chronograph function is stopped and started via the pusher located on the lower left at 8 o’clock. The hands are reset by pressing another pusher located on the upper left at 10 o’clock.

SPLIT SECONDS MECHANISM WITH IMPROVED PERFORMANCE

One of the new characteristics developed for the split seconds Chronograph is the virtually complete elimination of initial jumping in the chronograph seconds hand. Moreover, the development of a new generation of split seconds components meant that energy consumption of this function could be lowered by approximately 50 % through the reduction of friction on the spindle, and the chronograph hands jumping when stopping is virtually eliminated. This was achieved by research that focused on the working of the split seconds’ arms. Felipe’s signature engraved on the reverse. Operation: by depressing the pusher on the right at 4 o’clock, the user can stop the split seconds hand in order to read an intermediate time while the chronograph is engaged. Pressing the pusher again allows the split seconds hand to rejoin the chronograph, ready for the next measurement.

SPLIT SECONDS MECHANISM WITH IMPROVED PERFORMANCE

One of the new characteristics developed for the split seconds Chronograph is the virtually complete elimination of initial jumping in the chronograph seconds hand. Moreover, the development of a new generation of split seconds components meant that energy consumption of this function could be lowered by approximately 50 % through the reduction of friction on the spindle, and the chronograph hands jumping when stopping is virtually eliminated. This was achieved by research that focused on the working of the split seconds’ arms. Felipe’s signature engraved on the reverse. Operation: by depressing the pusher on the right at 4 o’clock, the user can stop the split seconds hand in order to read an intermediate time while the chronograph is engaged. Pressing the pusher again allows the split seconds hand to rejoin the chronograph, ready for the next measurement.