Richard Mille : G Sensor Tourbillon

RM 036 Jean Todt G Sensor Tourbillon

Case : grade 5 titanium, sapphire back Dimensions : 50.00 x 42.70 x 16.15 mm Movement : mechanical hand-wound (RM Calibre 036, 70-hour power reserve), openworked carbon nanofibre plate, titanium tourbillon carriage with ceramic endstone, fast-rotating barrel, variable-inertia balance Functions : hour, minute, small seconds, function selector, G sensor Dial : none Water resistance : 50 m Strap : rubber Limited series : 15

Nothing can stop Richard Mille, as he hurtles along at break-neck speed, fuelled by a passion for automobiles transposed into the world high-tech fine watchmaking since he created his brand 11 years ago. Developed for the F1 guru, the RM 036 Jean Todt G Sensor Tourbillon is distinguished by an original complication, the mechanical G sensor. A system patented and developed by Renaud Papi exclusively for Richard Mille and directly assembled on the carbon nanofibre mainplate, this device visually reproduces the number of Gs accumulated by the wearer of the watch during intense decelerations. Composed of more than 50 parts crammed into 17 mm, the G sensor can withstand decelerations amounting to several tens of Gs. The scale appearing at 12 o’clock indicates whether the deceleration is risk-free (green zone) or whether it is reaching a critical threshold for the driver (red zone). The RM 036 was unveiled at the FIA award ceremony in December. Jean Todt will donate the profits generated by this limited series to the worldwide campaign for road safety and to the Paris-based Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle Epinière (Brain and Spine Institute).

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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