Old Glory —
— Richard Mille has announced three new limited editions of its RM 022 Tourbillon Aerodyne Dual Time Zone watch, introduced in 2010 and recognized for bringing new materials from the aerospace industry into watchmaking. The new Red, White and Blue Editions, each limited to 10 pieces and sold exclusively in Richard Mille boutiques in the Americas, are notable for their tripartite cases that combine two other aerospace engineering materials, Quartz TPT and Carbon TPT. Quartz TPT, used for the bezel and caseback, is made from layers of parallel silica thread filaments and saturated with red, white or blue resin. Heated at 120º C and subjected to 6 bars of pressure before being machined, the substance develops great strength and temperature resistance. Carbon TPT, used for the case bands, is made in an identical process but using carbon threads; on the white model, this material is also interspersed with the quartz fibers in the front and back to achieve a “striped” effect. The cases measure 48 mm by 39.7 mm and contain a manual-winding tourbillon movement, equipped with the model’s innovative and user-friendly dual-timezone indicator, which holds a power reserve of 70 hours. All three models are priced at $528,000.