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RICHARD MILLE – A new tonneau

RM 017 has had its day and is making way for RM 17-01. The latest Richard Mille to make the transition from a three-digit reference to its new-generation system featuring four digits and a dash, the 17-01 is not just about a change of nomenclature. It breaks with the guiding principle of its predecessor. The RM 017 was one of the brand’s two rectangular models, and extremely slender at just 8.7mm thick. Like all Richard Mille models, the 017 was not flat. The case was curved at both 6 and 12 o’clock, before tapering to mold the curve of the wrist. But the rectangle no longer had its place in the collection, symbolized by the tonneau (barrel) design and in which the circle stands out by its inescapable nature. So the RM 17-01 has become a narrower tonneau-shaped model measuring 40 by 48mm. The domed case is available in the brand’s favorite materials : titanium, red gold, white gold, TZP ceramic and Carbon TPT. The caliber beating inside still bears the same reference, 017, along with the same principles, the same indications and the same high-quality fine watchmaking finishes. It has undergone an invisible technical update, which the brand applies to all its calibers as the watches housing them evolve.

RM 17-01 Manual Winding Tourbillon

CASE : Carbon TPT, transparent sapphire crystal and back, water-resistant to 50m(5 bar) DIMENSIONS : 40mm x 48mm x 13mm MOVEMENT : mechanical manual-winding, RM 17-01 caliber with 70 power reserve, skeletonized, made of titanium, one-minute tourbillon regulator, function selector FUNCTIONS : hours, minutes, small seconds, power-reserve indicator DIAL : sapphire STRAP : rubber with titanium folding clasp

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