By uniting the very best of haute horlogerie with innovative inspiration straightly derived from the latest scientific research into ultra-lightweight metals and other materials, the Swiss watchmaker Richard Mille, is now delighted to announce a new limited edition RM 022 carbon watch. This exciting new edition of the RM 022 tourbillon ‘Aerodyne’ Dual Time Zone that sports the movement baseplate of titanium and honeycombed orthorhombic titanium aluminide with carbon nanofiber core, will only be produced in a limited edition of just 5 examples, and will be exclusively available at select retailers from July this year. However, the watch brand well known for its premiere innovations in the application, use and design of new technological materials that have seriously extended the entire field of horological knowledge, has also earlier amazed us with its RM 027 Rafael Nadal which is the world’s lightest mechanical watch, the all-sapphire RM56 horological timepiece, the RM51 Phoenix limited series, and the limited edition Le Mans classic watches.
The RM 022 carbon is described to be an understated timepiece that truly epitomizes the Richard Mille's watchmaking philosophy, which is based on three principles; the best in cutting edge, innovative technology and a strong artistic and architectural dimension, watch designed for ease of use, yet remaining extremely sophisticated.
The case of the watch has been created by the injection molding of carbon nanotubes, which are extremely lightweight, reliably durable, and 200 times stronger than standard steel, under high pressure into a black polymer, thus creating a robust composite. And, due to their strong structure with its incredible surface-volume ratio, they are actually capable of absorbing far harsher and stronger impacts than the traditional carbon fiber.
Further, the Caliber RM022 is a manual winding tourbillion movements with dual time zone, hours, and minutes on a transparent sapphire crystal disc, which actually becomes visible when suspended above the light colored field located at 3 o’clock. It also sports a power reserve (circa 70 hours) indicator positioned between 11 and 12 o’clock, a function selector to show watch’s state for winding, neutral and hand-setting positions, and a torque indicator that shows the main springs internal tension.
Interestingly, the use of orthorhombic titanium aluminides within a honeycombed geometrical pattern was originally the NASA’s subject of research for application as core material on supersonic aircraft wings, which actually requires extremely high resistance to temperature and torsion.