It draws its inspiration from the first lines of a poem entitled Le Temps, written by Gérard de Nerval, a grand exponent of the French romantic tradition of his day: "Le Temps ne surprend pas le sage ; Mais du Temps le sage se rit, Car lui seul en connaît l’usage..." Time does not surprise the wise, but of Time the wise laughs, as only he knows how to use it. With the first quick glance, nothing gives away the unusual horological creation inside this timepiece, except perhaps the visual layout of the hours. In every detail, part and mechanical solution one can see that this is pure Richard Mille in every sense. However, when the pusher in the center of the crown is depressed once, a slow motion ballet begins: the sapphire glass dial begins to slowly rotate counterclockwise, as the hour hand moves clockwise, both at different speeds.
Realizing this seemingly simple conceptual timepiece actually required new solutions; the mechanism of the RM 63-01 Dizzy Hands, the caliber CRMA3, is a completely new movement fully developed by Richard Mille’s engineers in Les Breuleux, a complex wonder, reinventing principles taken from chronograph design to achieve these artistic results, together with specially designed and researched parts that separate the hour and minute functions completely from one another.
CALIBER CRMA3 Automatic winding movement with hours, minutes, rotor in 5N gold and Dizzy Hands function.
SPLINE SCREWS IN GRADE 5 TITANIUM FOR THE MOVEMENT 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.
NEW DIZZY HANDS COMPLICATION The Dizzy Hands mechanism is a new horological art complication. The hour numerals are carried on an antireflective disc of sapphire crystal. Pressing the crown causes this disc to begin a slow, counterclockwise, ballet of rotation. At the same time, the hour hand continues in a clockwise direction, but at a different speed. The result is that Time has been momentarily suspended for private moments of personal pleasure, shared or for oneself. Pressing the crown again brings an end to this dance of relativity and restores the sapphire disc and hand to their normal positions: Time as we know it is restored.
NEWLY DEVELOPED GEAR TEETH PROFILE he entire going train of the watch, the primary transmitter of power throughout the movement, utilizes a special profile for the teeth of the wheels. The wheels use a 20° pressure angle. This system equalizes any discrepancies that might arise between the axles of each wheel, for instance during thermal changes and normal use, and promotes an excellent transmission of torque to the balance wheel, thus supporting excellent chronometric characteristics.