Forget the Odell Beckham Jr. with hydration table and camouflage compass watch, these are all this wild new RM.
Just when you thought things could not be resolved, Richard Mille gave up the most complicated watch ever. This is a watch specially designed for travelers, produced in cooperation with Airbus Business Jets.
Therefore, its design takes into account extremely wealthy and very frequent flyers-in addition to the tourbillon, it also has an oversized date, the GMT hand indicates the time in the second time zone, which is an indicator of a 70-hour power reserve, and an alarm. This siren is Richard Mille‘s first watch. Of course, although it is not the first watch, it is the first in the way an alarm clock works. It is not a vibration alarm, but a vibration alarm, which can only be felt by the wearer and will not be heard by anyone else. This is achieved by using a special oscillating mass that looks a bit like an automatically wound rotor that rotates at a speed high enough to produce vibrations that can be felt but not heard.
I must admit that when I read the press release and said “RM 62-01 is designed for discretion in a quiet and luxurious atmosphere”, I did laugh. The brand new RM 62-01 is absolutely discreet. The RM 62-01 has a double bezel-one is a satin-finished titanium alloy, and the other is milled from a carbon TPT block to a wafer thickness as thin as 1.8 mm. The combination of titanium and carbon TPT ensures that the vibration generated by the alarm is transmitted to the wrist instead of movement.
Looking at the watch from the front (I didn’t have a chance to eyeball on the metal), we see the button located in the center of the crown, from there we can wind the watch, set the time, set the alarm and adjust the UTC indication. The disc at three o’clock in the morning will display the selected mode on the light-colored ground: N (neutral)-W (winding)-T (time setting)-U (UTC pointer setting)-A (alarm setting). The UTC indicator for the second time zone is indicated by the green pointer in the center. At the nine o’clock position below the sapphire dial, the tourbillon shows off its free-hanging balance wheel, which oscillates at 3 Hz. The extra-large date is located at 12 o’clock and is framed by a small hole with the red shaded line we usually see from Richard Mille. Finally, you can see the 70-hour power reserve at 11 o’clock. All functions related to the vibration alarm are grouped in the lower part of the main dial.
The rotating weight that generates the alarm vibration is made of a piece of platinum, is precisely calibrated, rotates at 5400 rpm, and is adjusted to the nearest minute for exactly 24 hours. Use the function selector at three o’clock to make settings. The maximum duration of vibration is 12 seconds. I want to know if it is possible to manually set the vibration duration. The clockwork does not wind the crown, but presses the button 12 times at eight o’clock.
This is not the first time we have seen the cooperation of RM x Airbus business jets. The first time was the launch of the RM 50-02 Tourbillon ACJ in 2016. The RM 50-02 echoes the sharp white outline of a jumbo jet, while the RM 62-01 is inspired by the dark wood paneling of the custom cabin interior designed by ACJ Creative Design principal Sylvain Mariat. He said in the press release: “The sapphire glass is shaped like an airplane window and is the top of many indicators. They are still easily recognizable due to their color code and strong contrast.” “The ultra-wide diameter titanium crown allows People think of jet turbines, and the propellers evoke the outline of the pylon that connects the engine to the wings.”
My views on Richard Mille have gone through many stages. From repulsion to curiosity to appreciation, I am in a very late state from now on. It took me a long time (no pun intended) to realize that watches luxury are interesting first, are reasonably priced, and have accurate timekeeping, because many (though not all) interesting watches are good, but they rank last. I spent some time in SIHH’s Bonbon series earlier this year and I got it. Richard Mille did his best, which is worth celebrating. Will I buy it in the market? Absolutely not. Does its DNA resonate with my passion for simplification and simplification? no. I think they will make something incredible and make people’s heart beat faster? Yes.
Any reasonable discussion about the size of the crown or the type of price needs to go out the window. To be sure, there are enough crazy cats to make this reference a sensation overnight, and given its availability.
Brand: Richard Mille
Model: Tourbillon Vibrating Alarm
Reference Number: RM 62-01
Case Material: Titanium and Carbon TPT
Dial Color: Sapphire (thickness: 0.40 mm) with anti-glare coating (both sides), protected by eight silicon braces
Indexes: Arabic numerals
Strap/Bracelet: Rubber strap
Caliber: RM 62-01
Functions: hours, minutes, oversize date, UTC (universal time coordinated), am/pm indicator, function selector, power-reserve indicator. Vibrating alarm function with on/off activation indicator.
Diameter: 31.92 mm
Thickness: 31.99 mm
Power Reserve: 70 hours
Frequency: 3 Hz (21,600 vph)