More than just another variation on a theme, the RM 023 adds something new to the entire Richard Mille collection, at the same time acknowledging the ongoing and continuous dialogue between the brand and the watch lovers who cherish it. The skeletonized RM 023, which makes its appearance in 2009, has been given new dimensions(45.00 mm x 37.80 mm x 11.45 mm) and its size is midway between that of the RM 007 and the RM 010.
It has a new and elegant dial design, using an asymmetrical layout with roman numerals in appliqué on sapphire with an unusual sculpted, Alcryn collared crown. Designed for both men and women, this new model unites everything essential in Richard Mille’s philosophy with a sophisticated appearance, convincing as well as comfortable under all imaginable conditions.
Whilst the case size of the RM 023 combined with the new dial and crown brings an air of elegance to the exterior, the interior- as can be expected from any Richard Mille creation- is focused solely on timekeeping and nothing else. Great attention to every detail is insured, in this case starting with the winding rotor and its white gold V-shaped ribs and variable geometry, which can be personally adjusted to each wearer’s activity level before leaving the workshop.
The weight segment along the outer edge is milled from a special tungsten/cobalt alloy with the rotor’s ball bearings created from synthetic ceramics. The special double barrel system lowers wear and tear on the movement, also evening out any variations in the flow of power to the movement. This extreme care and attention to the rotor and winding aspects of the watch’s going train are directly connected with the necessity of an even energy supply as the essential basis for ensuring excellent chronometric results.
The PVD treated titanium baseplate, bridges and balance-cock with many skeletonized parts have been developed to guarantee excellent rigidity and accurate surface flatness, which in the case of skeletonized movements requires additional considerations. A casing ring is no longer used with the movement seated in the tripartite case using chassis mounting rubbers and fixed with 4 titanium screws, thereby insuring additional isolation from external shock and vibration.
Problems caused by external shock are safeguarded by the balance wheel being given Incabloc protection on both dial and movement side. In its entirety, this tonneau shaped movement, with 31 jewels and beating at 4 Hz, is the flattest titanium based automatic caliber in use today. The RM 023 will be available in titanium, 18 carat red or white gold.