Its name is a clear affirmation of the creative longing to reveal our most secret intentions in all their glory. Playfully interpreted, this fine watchmaking creation will delight and amuse its owners, teasingly displaying phrases that evoke desired pleasure. Erotic timepieces are part of watchmaking history. Designers of yore played with the theme of libertinism by mechanically recreating suggestive scenes. Because they broke with conservative moral, religious and political customs, these objects were often banned and confiscated. But like all forbidden love, their pleasure was enjoyed away from prying eyes. Thus by concealing the complications at the heart of watches in question, certain models have survived to this day.
On the RM 69, however, love and eroticism proclaim themselves proudly and clearly in words.
Far from scenes brought to life by automatons, this creation plays on the desire to openly express passion, sensuality and even sexuality.
The RM 69 Erotic pays tribute to watchmaking history and the creativity of past generations.
30-piece limited edition, available exclusively in Richard Mille boutiques around the world.
69-hour power reserve Displayed in a new aperture at 4 o’clock in the form of a gauge powered by a planetary differential. This exceptional power reserve, obtained using a simple barrel, testifies to the Swiss brand’s quest for high performance in this original movement.
CASE This tripartite tonneau-shaped case is fully curved, which enables the watch to be ergonomic and comfortable but is time consuming during its production and requires a high level of quality control. Both front and back curves are part of the Richard Mille watch case regard less of their shapes (tonneau, round, rectangular). These curving bezels with their characteristic shape demand ultimate precision with no stress in the metal. Tooling takes 4 hours and the RM 69 is obtained after 255 milling operations. The finishing process requires a full day for grinding, glazing and polishing. 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.
Oracle Complication Working with AP Renaud & Papi, Richard Mille has developed a new complication called “oracle”, which comes to life for the very first time inside the RM 69. Reminiscent of a Tibetan prayer wheel, the oracle complication allows random statements to be displayed thanks to the rotation of three rollers. To facilitate reading the statements, a push-button located at 8 o’clock commands the hours and minutes hands to momentarily retract.
RM69 caliber Protected by a tripartite case in grade 5 titanium featuring generous dimensions of 50.00 mm x 42.70 mm x 16.15 mm. Tooling takes 4 hours and the RM 69 is obtained after 255 milling operations. The finishing process requires a full day for grinding, glazing and polishing. Ergonomic and extremely comfortable – as is always the case with Richard Mille – assembled with 20 Spline screws, also in titanium, ensuring the watch remains water-resistance up to 50 meters.
- Movement dimensions: 32.80 mm x 30.90 mm - Thickness: 10.26 mm
- Tourbillon diameter: 11.10 mm
- Balance diameter: 10.00 mm
- Number of jewels: 41
- Balance: in Glucydur, with 2 arms and 4 setting screws
- Moment of inertia: 11.50 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
- Barrel shafts: in nickel-free Chronifer (DIN x 46 Cr13 + S), with the following characteristics: stainless, non-magnetic,
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
Circa 69 hours (±10%)
- Anglage and polishing by hand
- Locking sections hand polished
- Sapphire blasted milled sections
- Lapped and polished contact points
- Burnished pivots
- PVD treatment (excluding the Onyx baseplate)
- Sapphire blasted surfaces
- Satin finished surfaces
- Anglage and polishing by hand - Burnished sections
- 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
50 x 42.70 x 16.15 mm