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The name Richard Mille is synonymous with innovation in the world of luxury watchmaking. Not one to sit on his laurels, Mille and his team are constantly innovating. Tweaking and improving on designs and movements which are already outstanding is part of the company’s DNA. A tough challenge, but one that the manufacture meets with aplomb.
Richard Mille Revamps the RM 11
The new Richard Mille RM 11-03 expands upon the now-legendary RM 11, which has been a pillar of the brand since 2007. The watch features the new RMAC3 automatic flyback chronograph movement, which was designed to accent the 3-dimensional aspect of the complicated movement. Satin-brushed grade 5 titanium and black PVD coatings highlight the depth of the watch and enhance visibility of the movement.
Two barrels store enough energy for 55 hours of operation. The automatic winding can be adjusted to the wearer’s activity level. This is achieved by “varying the inertia of the rotor thanks to two microblasted and chamfered wings in 18K white gold,” the brand said in a recent statement. “Offering six possible positions, the grade 5 satin-brushed and PVD-treated titanium rotor is mounted on ceramic ball bearings.” The movement is housed in the now-iconic tonneau-shaped case that Mille favors.A back view of the Richard Mille RM 11-03
The RM 11-03 will certainly be appreciated by Richard Mille collectors eager to experience this breathtaking new timepiece.
Innovation at the Core of Richard Mille Timepieces
In a recent statement, Richard Mille details the principle of its philosophy:
Restyling is a crucial element in the lifecycle of any product. A watch has to possess vitality and be integrated within the natural stylistic development of a brand. A fixture of the Richard Mille collection since 2007, the RM 011 is taking its bows. Retiring at the height of its glory, it will make way for the new RM 11-03 Automatic Flyback Chronograph.
The guiding principle for Richard Mille was to imbue the new automatic RMAC3 calibre with a3-D quality and to bring its complexity to the fore visually. The glossy bevelled rims marked with intermediate times surrounding the colored counters of the flyback chronograph and seconds window confer depth. This sense of volume is further accentuated by an upper bridge in satin-brushed grade 5 titanium that contrasts with the movement, also crafted of titanium but with a PVD coating. This creates a visual itinerary that sweeps around the annual calendar with its oversize date, as well as the 12-hour counter and countdown function of the flyback chronograph.