RM 50-02 ACJ Tourbillon Split Seconds Chronograph
Airbus is a world leader in aeronautical design, in particular those aircraft created for personal clients by its ultra-luxury subsidiary, Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ). ACJ’s collaboration with Richard Mille reflects their synergetic approach to ground-breaking technological design in the creation of the RM 50-02 ACJ Tourbillon Split Seconds Chronograph. It makes use of advanced, open worked design elements in the internal design of bridges and baseplate in grade 5 titanium, along with an extensive application of skeletonisation to every possible area, offering significant weight reduction. This is the first time the iconic Richard Mille screws around the outer edge of the bezel have been replaced by Torq set screws engraved with the wave-patterned Airbus logo. The tourbillon comes in a limited edition of 30 pieces.
Richard Mille has created several models within a short time span that have become recognised by collectors as icons of contemporary watchmaking. Now, it has added yet another model to that list: the RM 67-01 Automatic Extra Flat. The automatic movement CRMA6 created for it in-house is a new calibre of only 3.6mm thickness. At the heart of the movement’s structural design is the use of involute profiles for the entire going train, instead of the standard cycloidal-shaped teeth. Such profiles can be found in transmissions of cars and highly efficient motors, and allow for superior chronometric results. The case, created in an extra flat form, makes it the sleekest among Richard Mille’s tonneau-shaped watches.