RM 26-02
RM 26-02
RM 26-02

RM 26-02

EVIL EYE

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UNIVERSAL SYMBOL OF FOREBODING

The concept of the Evil Eye, also known as Ayin Harsha in Arabic, Mauvais OEil in French, Dhristi in Hindu and Ayin Ha’ra in Hebrew, is recorded in every culture from early history. This universal symbol of foreboding summons suffering and misfortune to whoever is exposed to its power. The Evil Eye knows no bounds except those imposed on it by various protective talismans, such as the Eye of Horus amulet, the Jewish red string or the Irish four leaf clover, to name just a few. Today, a new talisman to protect against these negative energies in the 21st century has been developed by a visionary of contemporary watchmaking. Nonconformist by nature, Richard Mille seized on this imagery as inspiration for the new RM 26-02 Tourbillon Evil Eye in much the same way as he did when creating the earlier RM 052 skull timepiece, recalling the spirit of Memento Mori with its remembrance of our personal mortality.

Main characteristics

The Evil Eye is nestled at the heart of the tourbillon RM26-02 caliber, a manual winding movement with a power reserve
of approximately 50 hours indicated by a red line on a differential-driven, rotating disk located between 10 and 11
o’clock. Assembled using a plate and bridges in PVD-coated grade 5 titanium, which is highly resistant to corrosion and
remarkably strong, the tourbillon caliber movement beating at 3 Hz is insured a perfectly functioning environment.
Limited edition of 25 pieces.

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CALIBER RM26-02
Manual winding tourbillon movement with hours, minutes and power reserve.

BASEPLATE AND BRIDGES IN GRADE 5 TITANIUM Grade 5 titanium is a biocompatible, highly corrosion-resistant and remarkably rigid alloy, which enables the gear train to function effortlessly. The alloy is 90% titanium, 6% aluminium and 4% vanadium. This combination further increases its mechanical properties, which explains its frequent use in the aerospace, aeronautical and automobile industries.

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CALIBER RM26-02
Manual winding tourbillon movement with hours, minutes and power reserve.

TORQUE LIMITING CROWN This additional security system prevents from accidental overwinding, which could cause damage to the winding stem or put extreme pressure on the mainspring barrel.

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CALIBER RM26-02
Manual winding tourbillon movement with hours, minutes and power reserve.

INTERIOR FLANGES Upper flange in metal, with the hours index set with diamonds. Lower flange in metal, with the minutes index in white color.

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CALIBER RM26-02
Manual winding tourbillon movement with hours, minutes and power reserve.

CALIBER RM26-02 Manual winding tourbillon movement with hours, minutes and power reserve.

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Approximate scale 1 : 1

Main characteristics

The Evil Eye is nestled at the heart of the tourbillon RM26-02 caliber, a manual winding movement with a power reserve
of approximately 50 hours indicated by a red line on a differential-driven, rotating disk located between 10 and 11
o’clock. Assembled using a plate and bridges in PVD-coated grade 5 titanium, which is highly resistant to corrosion and
remarkably strong, the tourbillon caliber movement beating at 3 Hz is insured a perfectly functioning environment.
Limited edition of 25 pieces.

CASE

TZP black ceramic was chosen for the RM 26-02 bezel and caseback. This low-density material (6g/cm3) is highly scratch-resistant and has a low thermal conductivity coefficient. Constituted of 95% yttrium-stabilised zirconium, TZP has a pronounced grain that provides the perfect finish. A long and difficult machining and grinding process using diamond tools is necessary to create the complex forms of the bezel and caseback, which are given a final matt surfacefinish. The caseband is in red gold 5N. The tripartite case is water resistant to 50 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.

CASE

TZP black ceramic was chosen for the RM 26-02 bezel and caseback. This low-density material (6g/cm3) is highly scratch-resistant and has a low thermal conductivity coefficient. Constituted of 95% yttrium-stabilised zirconium, TZP has a pronounced grain that provides the perfect finish. A long and difficult machining and grinding process using diamond tools is necessary to create the complex forms of the bezel and caseback, which are given a final matt surfacefinish. The caseband is in red gold 5N. The tripartite case is water resistant to 50 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.

GRAND FEU ENAMEL AND MICRO-LACQUER DIAL

Grand feu enamel is a decorative watchmaking technique that is extremely delicate to produce, but which procures exceptional durability in the finished work. Produced by renowned artist Olivier Vaucher, the evil eye motif is not painted directly on the gold dial. Rather, several layers of oxides must be applied to the gold dial and fired at between 800° and 900°C several times, revealing the evil eye’s colors little by little. The grand feu enamel technique produces decorations of unequalled sophistication and stability. To further enhance the realism of this piece, painstaking micro-lacquerwork is carried out by hand on the flames.

BARREL PAWL WITH PROGRESSIVE RECOIL

This device permits an appreciable winding gain (circa 20 %), especially during the start of winding. It also aids in the even distribution of the mainspring’s internal tension.

BARREL PAWL WITH PROGRESSIVE RECOIL

This device permits an appreciable winding gain (circa 20 %), especially during the start of winding. It also aids in the even distribution of the mainspring’s internal tension.

SPLINE SCREWS IN GRADE 5 TITANIUM FOR THE CASE AND 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.

Characteristics

OTHER FEATURES

- Movement dimensions: 30,20 mm x 28,60 mm
- Thickness: 4,97 mm
- Tourbillon diameter: 12,30 mm
- Balance diameter: 9,12 mm
- Number of jewels: 21
- Balance: in Glucydur, with 2 arms and 4 setting screws, moment of inertia: 10 mg.cm2, angle of lift 53°
- Frequency: 3 Hz (21,600 vph)
- Balance spring: in ELINVAR by Nivarox®
- Shock absorbers: Kif Elastor by KE 160 B28
- Stone setting in white gold
- Barrel shafts: in nickel-free Chronifer (DIN x 46 Cr13 + S), with the following characteristics: stainless, non-magnetic,
tempered.
CRYSTAL
Bezel side: in sapphire (1,800 Vickers) with anti-glare treatment (both sides). Thickness: 1.50 mm
Caseback: in sapphire with anti-glare treatment (both sides).
Thickness: at the center 1.20 mm and outer edges 2.04 mm

POWER RESERVE
Circa 48 hours (±10%). This function is displayed using a differential power reserve system with a printed red line on a moving disc located between 10 and 11 o’clock.

FINISHING

MOVEMENT
- Anglage and polishing by hand
- Locking sections hand polished
- Sapphire blasted milled sections
- Lapped and polished contact points
- Burnished pivots
- PVD treatment
STEEL PARTS
- Sapphire blasted surfaces
- Satin finished surfaces
- Anglage and polishing by hand
- Burnished sections
GEAR WHEELS
- Concave chamfering with a diamond tool
- Circular finished faces
- Gilded (before cutting the teeth)
- Minimum correction applied to the wheels in order to preserve geometry and performance
DIMENSIONS
48.15 x 40.10 x 13.10 mm