In 2004, Richard Milleintroduced its firstautomatic, the RM 005 withsemi-instantaneous date-change.
This model also inaugurated the exclusive variable-geometry rotor, an invention that allows the movement’s winding mechanism to be optimised and personalised to the owner’s lifestyle.
Automatic movement with hours, minutes, seconds, date and adjustable rotor geometry.
This was the subject of an entire year of research and development. With regard to the production of each case, 68 different stamping operations are required for the three main components (bezel, middle section and case back).
The machine tooling process requires 8 days of adjusting the machines for the bezel, 5 days for the middle section and 5 days for the case back.
Prior to this process, developing a methodology for carrying out this series of operations took 120 hours, the drawings for the tools 130 hours, and implementation 180 hours. Each rough case involves 202 separate machining operations.
The design and execution of the watch demonstrates a complete conceptual approach to the movement, case and dial.
As a result, everything has been constructed according to an extremely rigorous specification, in the manner of the analytical engineering methods used in the design of Formula 1 racing cars where the chassis and the engine are developed in complete harmony.
For example, a casing ring is no longer used and the movement is mounted on chassis mounting rubbers (ISO SW) fixed by 4 titanium screws. Features such as these are evidence of uncompromising workmanship.
The tripartite case in platinum is water resistant to 100 meters, ensured by three Nitril O-ring seals.
The case is assembled with 12 spline screws in grade 5 titanium and abrasion resistant washers in copper-nickel-zinc alloy.
Skeletonised automatic movement with hours, minutes, seconds, date and adjustable rotor geometry.
Rotor with variable geometry
Arm in grade 2 titanium. Flange in grade 2 titanium 6-positional adjustment via grade 5 titanium screws Ribs in 18-carat, high palladium content white gold Weight segment in tungsten/cobalt alloy Ceramic ball bearings Unidirectional; anti-clockwise winding direction
This exclusive RICHARD MILLE design allows the rewinding of the mainspring to be adapted most effectively to the user’s activity level within sports or leisure environments.
By adjusting the six positional setting of the rib’s placement, the rotor’s inertia is modified, either speeding up the winding process in the case of minimal arm and hand movements, or slowing it down when high activity sports are pursued.
As a result, this invention allows the movement’s winding mechanism to be optimized and personalized to the owner’s lifestyle.
Baseplate, bridges and balance cock made of titanium
The manufacture of these components in grade 2 titanium with black PVD coating allows the whole assembly to be given great rigidity, as well as precise surface flatness which is essential for the perfect functioning of the gear train.
Spline screws in grade 5 titanium for the bridges and case
This permits better control of the torque applied to the screws during assembly. These screws are therefore unaffected by physical manipulation during assembly or disassembly and age well.
Semi-instantaneous, placed in a vertical aperture at 7 o’clock. The calendar disc of sapphire crystal is treated with non-reflective coating on both sides.
37.80 x 45.00 mm
Thickness: 11.45 mm
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Baseplate and bridges in hand-ground titanium, wet sandblasted, PVD treated
Anglage and polishing by hand
Locking sections hand polished
Diamond polished sinks on the bridge side
Pinions with undercuts
Sandblasted and rhodium-plated, beveled wheels
Sapphire blasted surfaces
Anglage and polishing by hand
Screw slot and screws beveled and polished with rounded and polished tip
Double barrel system
The double barrel system helps improve torque stability over a longer period. This is achieved by using more turns, thereby reducing pressure and friction on the teeth, the bearings and the pivots, resulting in improved long-term performance.
In grade 5 micro-blasted titanium, with double seal O-ring and collar in Alcryn.
In sapphire (thickness: 0.40 mm) with anti-glare treatment (both sides), protected by 8 silicon braces inserted in the upper and lower grooves.
Bezel side: In sapphire (1800 Vickers) with anti-glare treatment (both sides).
Thickness: 1.20 mm
Case back: In sapphire with anti-glare treatment (both sides).
Thickness: at the center 1 mm and outer edges 1.73 mm
Dimensions of movement: 30.20 x 28.60 mm
Thickness: 6.35 mm
Number of jewels: 32
Barrel arbor – in AP 20 steel
Balance: glucydur, 3 arms, inertia moment 4.8 mg cm2, angle of lift 53º