RM 022 TOURBILLON “AERODYNE” DUAL TIME ZONE
In 2009, the RM 021 “Aérodyne” greatly impacted the industry on its launch as it encapsulated exemplary modern materials unique to horology and created the subsequent design path to the new RM 022 “Aérodyne” Dual Time zone.
As for the RM 021, the new RM 022 communicates space and supersonic speed that inspire the brand since 2001. However this Tourbillon has another attribute in that it is the first watch to combine a dual time zone with an external structure in titanium combined with orthorhombic* titanium aluminides and carbon nanofibres.
This dual time zone indicator is technically extremely complex but also very user-friendly. At the center of the dial a transparent sapphire crystal disc inscribed with hours permanently rotates through the movement. The digits on the disc are apparent only when transposed on a clear background situated at 03 hours. This dual time zone is easily and quickly adjusted through the finely finished pusher situated at 09 hours. Each impulse adds an extra hour to the time zone. Combined with a tourbillon movement of exceptional chronometric characteristics the RM 022 proves once more that innovative design and the latest technology are perfectly compatible with values of exclusivity and tradition synonymous with horology in the 21st Century.
CALIBER RM 022: manual winding tourbillon movement with hours, minutes, dual time zone, power reserve, torque indicator and function selector.
Dimensions: length 48 mm x 39.70 mm (widest point) x 13.85 mm (thickest area).
Available in titanium or 18 carat red or white gold, with alligator strap and matching buckle. * Orthorhombic titanium aluminides are a new group of alloys, developed from the main class of titanium aluminides, which possess a specific crystalline molecular structure ordered on the orthorhombic phase of Ti2AlNb. Its use within a honeycombed geometrical pattern was originally the subject of research by NASA for application as a core material on supersonic aircraft wings, where resistance to extremely high temperatures and torsion is paramount. The alloy in this honeycombed form has unparalleled stiffness, a low thermal expansion coefficient and exceptional torsional resistance. The actual shape of the baseplate itself as seen from the dial side resembles the trench-like V- shaped profile of a flying wing aircraft where the wing tips are positioned higher than the central body of the aircraft itself. The winding barrel and the tourbillon are both placed in the center of this aerodynamic structure, balancing on light and airy bridges with four arms on both sides.
Richard Mille did not simply try to find his place in the watchmaking world – he carved one out for himself, constantly striving not to take anything for granted, and to make innovation and extreme technical prowess his driving forces.Find out more
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