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The Calibre RM50-03 weighs just 7 grams, thus earning its status as ‘ultralight’.
Watchmaker Richard Mille has introduced its newest timepiece, the RM50-04 Tourbillion Split Seconds Chronograph during the 2019 Singapore Formula 1 Grand Prix, partnering with Kimi Räikkönen, the lead driver of the Alfa Romeo Racing Team.
Richard Mille has been a supporting partner of the Alfa Romeo Racing Team since 2018, which is when Räikkönen also signed on with the Swiss manufacturer.
The RM50-04 Tourbillon Chronograph Kimi Räikkönen is powered by the manual winding tourbillon movement Calibre RM50-03, with hours, minutes, split-seconds chronograph, 30-minute totaliser, and power-reserve, torque and function indicators. The watch has a power reserve of about 70 hours.
The Calibre RM50-03 weighs just 7 grams, thus earning its status as ‘ultralight’. The use of grade 5 Titanium and Carbon TPT, and the extreme skeletonisation of components is the secret behind its extreme lightweight quality, according to Richard Mille. The baseplate and a portion of the bridges are also crafted in grade 5 titanium which is a biocompatible, highly corrosion-resistant and rigid alloy which allows effortless functioning of the gear train.
The technical solutions of this watch lend themselves to ensuring an impressive resistance capacity – able to withstand up to 5,000 grams of shock. The watch’s case is also water-resistant up to 50 metres.
Developed by Richard Mille engineers, the Calibre RM50-03 introduces a latest-generation split-seconds mechanism. The 6-column wheel that controls the various rockers for the split-seconds function was designed to guarantee flawlessly simultaneous movement.
The watchmaker has said that the RM50-04 Tourbillon has been constructed according to specific and rigorous specifications, the same kind of analytical engineering methods used in the design of Formula 1 racing cars.
For more information, visit Richard Mille’s website here.
(Photos: Richard Mille)