Wednesday, October 7, 2009

An In Depth Look at Richard Mille

RM 028

Richard Mille went to great depths to bring us the latest Diver's Watch, the RM 028 (as seen above.) But wait a minute, this watch is round, a far cry from Richard Mille's signature elongated watch cases, as round as a submarine's porthole. Round, round, round,round! However, the roundness of the watch is by no means to enter the realms of ordinary, but to increase the watches integrity as a diver's watch; to maximise the water resistancy of up to 300 meters. Any other shape may jeopardize the efficiency of the water resistance.

Richard Mille unveiled its first diver's watch, the RM 025 Tourbillon Chronograph, back in January 2009. I am not sure what good a tourbillon may do under water, but it makes for a nice additional complication. The RM 025 is something to behold at 50.7mm in diameter and comprised of a clever composite of 18ct red or white gold and titanium case with luminous markers for exploring underground watery caves (if you wish). The complex inner workings are clearly visible, including all the screws, which, in itself, is an incredible technological breakthrough based on its 300 meter water resistancy. The chronograph has a column wheel of titanium, and the entire movement is based on the RM 008 carbon nanofibre calibre.

The new RM 028 is slightly smaller with a diameter of 47mm and boasts a skeletonized automatic movement utilizing a rotor. As always Richard Mille adds a unique touch to its watches. In the RM028 the level of automatic winding can be adjusted, via the setting of two 18ct white gold wings, to the users preference based on his habits. Richard Mille has created a new depth in diving watches. It is always a pleasurable surprise to see what Richard Mille comes up with next.

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