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— 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.

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