Richard Mille Automatic RM 016

The Richard Mille Automatic RM 016 watch comes with some technical innovations.

ROTOR WITH VARIABLE GEOMETRY: This exclusive RICHARD MILLE design allows the rewinding of the mainspring to be adapted most effectively to the user’s activity level whether it be sporting or non-sporting environments. By adjusting the setting of the wings’ 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. Arm in grade 2 titanium; Flange in grade 2 titanium; 6-positional adjustment via grade 5 titanium screws; Wings in 18-carat, high palladium content white gold; Weight segment in tungsten/cobalt alloy; Ceramic ball bearings; Unidirectional; anti-clockwise winding direction.

WATCH CASE: The watch case represents the first entrance of new shape with its own particular identity into the Richard Mille Watches collection. It is a counterpoint to the existing collection’s themes of motor sport and sailing, reflected in its discreet lines that are the thinnest in the collection, yet with the same wrist fitting curvature and taper as the rest of the ensemble it represents a further transformation of the tonneau shape suitable for all occasions.It still retains the same characteristics and attention to detail of case design with a vast number of stamping and machining operations required for the three main components (bezel, middle section and case back).

More than 18 days of machine adjustment are required and more than 400 hours of technical research and drawing before production even can start. Each case involves 202 separate machining operations. The design and execution of this watchcase typifies the complete conceptual approach to all parts of the movement, case and dial. As a result, everything has been constructed according to an extremely rigorous specification.

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 is water resistant to 30 meters, ensured by three Nitril O-ring seals. The case is assembled with 8 spline screws in grade 5 titanium and abrasion resistant washers in copper-nickel-zinc alloy. Dimensions: Length 49.80 mm x 38.00 mm (widest point) x 8.25 mm (thickest area).
BOTTOM PLATE, 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.

DOUBLE BARREL SYSTEM: The double barrel system helps to improve the 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.

DATE DISPLAY: 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.

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.
INTERIOR FLANGE (upper and lower): In black carbon fiber; index points filled with approved luminous material.

CROWN: In grade 5 titanium, with double seal O-ring and detailing in either 18-carat red or white gold.

DIAL: In sapphire (thickness: 0.40 mm) with anti-glare treatment (2 sides), protected by 8 silicon braces inserted in the upper and lower grooves.

CRYSTAL: Bezel side: in sapphire (1800 Vickers) with anti-glare treatment (2 sides). Thickness: 1.20 mm; Case back: in sapphire with anti-glare treatment (2 sides); Thickness: at the center 1 mm and outer edges 1.73 m.

Other Features

Movement
CALIBER RM 005-S: Skeletonized automatic winding movement with hours, minutes, date and adjustable rotor geometry
Dimensions of movement: 30.20 x 28.60 mm
Thickness: 6.35 mm
Number of jewels: 31
Barrel arbor – in AP 20 steel
Balance: GLUCYDUR, 3 arms, inertia moment 4.8 mg cm2, angle of lift 53º
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Balance spring: ELINVAR NIVAROX
Index assembly: Triovis N°2
Shock protection: INCABLOC 908.22.211.100 (transparent)
Escapement wheel jewels: Rubifix (transparent)
Stem with three positions: manual winding, date, hand setting
POWER RESERVE: 55 hours.

FINISHING
MOVEMENT
– Bottom plate and bridges in hand-ground titanium, wet sandblasted, PVD treated
– Anglage and polishing by hand
– Locking sections hand polished
– Burnished pivots
– Diamond polished sinks on the bridge side
– Pinions with undercuts
– Sandblasted and rhodium-plated, beveled wheels

STEEL PARTS
– Sapphire blasted surfaces
– Anglage and polishing by hand
– Screw slot and screws beveled and polished with rounded and polished tip.

Other Versions

Also available in Diamond Studded Versions

RM 016 -White Gold watch studded with diamonds
RM 016 – Red Gold watch studded with diamonds
RM 016 baguette black sapphires and white diamonds

Technical details

  • CALIBER RM 005-S: Skeletonized automatic winding movement with hours, minutes, 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; Wings in 18-carat, high palladium content white gold; Weight segment in tungsten/cobalt alloy; Ceramic ball bearings
  • Unidirectional; anti-clockwise winding direction.
  • POWER RESERVE: Circa 55 hours.
  • BOTTOM PLATE, BRIDGES AND BALANCE COCK MADE OF TITANIUM
  • The double barrel system
  • 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.
  • SPLINE SCREWS IN GRADE 5 TITANIUM FOR THE BRIDGES AND CASE

 

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