Richard Mille: Indestructible !

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RM 53-01 “Pablo”

CASE : Carbon TPT® (600 layers of 30 micron-thick resin-saturated filaments), patented laminated sapphire glass, dynamometric crown, water-resistant to 50m

DIMENSIONS : 44.50 x 49.94mm

MOVEMENT : mechanical manual-winding (70h power reserve), suspended titanium bridges and double baseplate, variableinertia balance wheel, fast-rotating barrel with progressive recoil pawl, hand-polished chamfers, PVD treatment

FUNCTIONS : hours, minutes, tourbillon

DIAL : skeleton-worked, braided steel cablesuspension mechanism

STRAP : rubber LIMITED SERIES OF 30

Who could be better placed than Richard Mille ambassador Pablo Mac Donough to realize the brute force of the hard knocks sustained during polo matches ? Six years after the first RM 053 designed to embrace the champion player’s wrist, Richard Mille wanted to push resistance limits even further with its RM 053-01 presented at the SIHH 2018, this time equipped with a tourbillon ! It took two years to develop and patent its laminated sapphire crystal, a world first in the watch industry. Even in case of extreme shocks, such as a very powerful mallet blow, the two layers of armored glass might crack but would never shatter, thus avoiding any risk of splinters entering the skin or the movement. The spirit of innovation is also reflected in the sophisticated 3D movement construction, in which tensioners built around ten pulleys keep the central baseplate “floating in mid-air” – i.e. resting on two braided steel cables measuring just 0.27mm thick (the equivalent of three human hairs) that keep it firmly suspended and enable the movement to withstand 5000g accelerations. While this model is issued in a 30-piece limited series, the Carbon TPT® from which the armored case is made renders each watch truly unique. Naturally bearing the colors of Argentina, this suspended micro-architectural work embodies a perfect aesthetic and technical symbiosis, a pairing every bit as efficient as the player and his mount.

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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