Richard Mille : Extreme mechanics

RM 031 High Performance

Case : platinum with grade 5 titanium screws, titanium bezel microblasted with vertical satin-finished edges and hand-polished angles, sapphire caseback Diameter : 50.00 mm x 13.90mm Movement : hand-wound movement (caliber RM 031, 50h power reserve), double barrel and balance bridge in grade 5 titanium, variable-inertia balance wheel and a direct-impulse escapement, baseplate and bridges in ARCAP, extreme finishing Functions : hours, minutes, small seconds and function indicator. Dial : Sapphire crystal (0.40 mm thick) with anti-glare treatment (both sides). Water resistance : 50m limited edition  : 10 pieces.

This watch has nothing to hide, quite the contrary! Richard Mille would indeed have been wrong to deprive us of the view of the impressive and perpetually moving mechanical assets of the RM 031 High Performance. Nonetheless, while avoiding any false modesty, this generously sized and perfectly rounded 50 mm-diameter case will reveal its secrets only to informed connoisseurs. At the heart of this platinum model issued in a strictly limited 10-piece edition (collectors take note !), the complexity of the gear trains offers a spectacular vision that can be appreciated at its true worth only by those who master the governing logic and construction codes. Judge for yourself : the mainplate and gear-train bridges are made from ARCAP enriched with extreme finishes creating an incomparable appearance ; the barrel-bridge and balance-bridge are in titanium to ensure smooth running of the gear train; the variable inertia balance ensures optimal efficiency and optimal time calculation regularity. While the RM 031 does not offer a plethora of functions, sticking instead to the hours, minutes and seconds along with a function indicator, each part composing this watch has been designed and crafted for the purpose of enhancing its performances. Mission accomplished!

Brice Lechevalier is editor-in-chief of GMT and Skippers, which he co-founded in 2000 and 2001 respectively. He has also been CEO of WorldTempus since it joined the GMT Publishing stable, of which he is director and joint shareholder. In 2012 he created the Geneva Watch Tour, and he has been an advisor to the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève since 2011. Also closely involved in sailing, he has published the magazine of the Société Nautique de Genève since 2003, and was one of the founders of the SUI Sailing Awards in 2009 and the Concours d’Elégance for motor boats at the Cannes Yachting Festival in 2015.

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