RM50-03

Esquire Malaysia Watch Guide - - Brand Story -

Be­ing the only watch in their arse­nal for 2017, you can bet that this time­piece is re­ally some­thing else, and in­deed it is. The RM 50-03 tour­bil­lon split sec­onds chrono­graph ul­tra­light McLaren F1 is the light­est of its kind ever made, thanks to an en­tirely new ma­te­rial in the watch­mak­ing in­dus­try: Graph TPT.

Graphene was first iso­lated by Pro­fes­sor An­dre Geim of the School of Physics and As­tron­omy in the Univer­sity of Manch­ester, which led him to win a No­bel Prize in 2010. Through col­lab­o­ra­tive work with the Univer­sity of Manch­ester, McLaren Ap­plied Tech­nolo­gies and North Thin Ply Tech­nol­ogy (NTPT®), Richard Mille has man­aged to har­ness the power of graphene to cre­ate a watch case made out of car­bon TPT. This ma­te­rial is six times lighter than steel and 200 times stronger; Richard Mille even put the case through 5,000GS of force and it sur­vived. Com­bine that with a move­ment that uses this ma­te­rial along with grade 5 ti­ta­nium for the base­plate and the bridges, and the re­sult is a watch that of­fers a split-sec­ond chrono­graph and a tour­bil­lon weigh­ing less than 40G (in­clud­ing the strap!).

The beau­ti­ful mark­ings on the case come from the Car­bon TPT ma­te­rial it­self, which ba­si­cally com­prises 600 lay­ers of par­al­lel fil­a­ments, each with a max­i­mum thick­ness of only 30 mi­crons. Ev­ery layer is im­preg­nated with su­per-charged resin con­tain­ing graphene, which is then com­piled by a CNC ma­chine that shifts the ori­en­ta­tion of the fi­bres by 45° be­tween lay­ers be­fore the en­tire com­pos­ite is so­lid­i­fied by heat­ing it to 120°C, at 6 Bar of pres­sure. As you can imag­ine with a ma­te­rial this com­pli­cated, Richard Mille had to en­list a spe­cial team that spent hours cre­at­ing and pro­gram­ming cut­ting tools suit­able for achiev­ing pre­ci­sion to a mi­cron.

The move­ment is aptly named Cal­i­bre RM50-03 and it of­fers a power re­serve of 70 hours with power-re­serve, torque and func­tion in­di­ca­tors.

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