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RICHARD MILLE RM 020 TOURBILLON POCKET WATCH

This pocket time­piece is Richard Mille’s unique rein­ter­pre­ta­tion of a clas­sic. With­out sac­ri­fic­ing tech­ni­cal mas­tery, the RM 020 com­bines 18th-cen­tury horo­log­i­cal val­ues with 21st-cen­tury tech­nol­ogy and aes­thet­ics. It’s con­structed en­tirely from mod­ern ma­te­ri­als and is the first pocket watch to make use of a non-metal­lic base­plate made out of car­bon nanofi­bre, a ma­te­rial orig­i­nally utilised in US Air Force jets that can with­stand ex­treme con­di­tions and tem­per­a­tures. The RM 020 also fea­tures a dou­ble-bar­rel tourbillon move­ment that pro­vides 10 days of power. The con­struc­tion of the chain and crown at­tach­ment on the RM 020 is a tremen­dous tech­ni­cal feat as it takes 580 sep­a­rate op­er­a­tions to pro­duce. There are no fewer than 189 com­po­nent parts in the RM 020, which can also be used as a pen­d­ulette de bureau when at­tached to a desk stand. All ver­sions have a cen­tral case­band in ti­ta­nium, with a choice of both front and back bezels in ei­ther red gold, white gold or ti­ta­nium.

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