Month: February 2014

2012 Geneva Grande Watch & Clock Salon ‘best Innovation Watch Award’ First Round Finalist Richard Miller Rm 056 Felipe Massa Sapphire Tourbillon Two Seconds Chasing Hands Chronograph ###- –

The highly skeletonized RM 056 movement has all the features of the RMCC1 movement. As a manually wound tourbillon movement, it is equipped with hour, minute, and two-second chronograph chronographs, power reserve, and torque. And function display. This new movement is not only a simple modification based on the RM008 movement, but also uses design features and combined with further innovations to bring unparalleled performance in terms of timing accuracy and long-term reliability.
    The weight of the movement has been reduced by 20%, and more than 400 parts in the movement have also been redesigned. The skeletonized grade 5 titanium alloy base plate has the best weight / strength ratio, making it an ideal choice to ensure the perfect operation of the gear train, as well as super corrosion resistance. Quickly rotating the barrel, variable inertia balance wheel, function display, torque display, and improved second-second hand-tracking mechanism, etc., are just a small part of the application of the Ritschmaidi engineers in creating this extraordinary watch. Features.
    A major feature of the RM 056 FELIPE MASSA sapphire tourbillon two-second chronograph race chronograph is that the entire case: including the bezel, ring and case back is cut and polished from a single piece of sapphire. It’s a feat of engineering and a visual feast. In order to make this sapphire structure, it took years of research and testing to ensure that the strength and comfort requirements were met. This is also the first time to use sapphire to achieve such a complicated case design. Sapphire is an extremely scratch-resistant material and is one of the hardest materials known on the planet, reaching a Mohs hardness of 9.0. It is made of alumina (Al2O3) crystals, and its special molecular structure makes it appear transparent. The machining of this type of machine is the biggest challenge for Richard Mille, which makes everything more difficult, because the sapphire is very delicate. Although extremely difficult, sapphire must not allow the slightest error in grinding and cutting.
    It takes more than 1,000 hours to make a case of this quality. The pre-forming of the case parts takes 430 hours and the polishing takes 350 hours. And a special cutting tool with a diamond head must be used.
    In order to obtain the perfect optical effect, the bezel and case back are treated with anti-glare coating. The three-piece case is water-resistant to 50 meters with two Ding Qing O-rings. The case is assembled with 20 Grade 5 titanium alloy spline screws and wear-resistant 316L stainless steel washers. Due to its special production and research nature, RM 056 is limited to 5 pieces, creating a new era in the history of watchmaking.

RICHARD MILLE RM 056 FELIPE MASSA Sapphire Tourbillon Two Seconds Chasing Hands Race Chronograph Technical Features
Limited edition of 5 pieces

RMCC1 movement: manual winding tourbillon movement, equipped with hour, minute and double-second chronograph chronograph and power reserve, torque and function display.
Dimensions: 50.50 mm x 42.70 mm x 19.25 mm
Main technical characteristics
Power reserve
Approximately 70 hours (displayed on the digital dial on the left side of the barrel).
The bottom plate of the movement is made of hollow titanium alloy
The bottom plate of the movement is made of grade 5 titanium alloy. This kind of biocompatible, super corrosion-resistant and extremely strong alloy can make the gear train run more perfectly. This alloy contains 90% titanium, 6% aluminum and 4% vanadium. This combination further enhances its mechanical properties and is often used in the aviation, aerospace and automotive industries. The RMCC1 movement base plate has been optimized and tested to achieve the best weight / strength ratio.
Hollow base plates and plywood are thoroughly and extensively tested to ensure optimal strength requirements.
Race chronograph movement
The RMCC1 movement is inspired by the RM008 two-second chasing tourbillon movement.
The RM 008 movement, equipped with a dual watch chronograph and tourbillon, launched in 2004, is also known as one of the most complex movements in the world.
The RMCC1 movement is not only a simple modification based on the RM008 movement: the engineers who only reduced the weight of the movement took several months. The RMCC1 movement is 20% lighter than the RM008, and the entire movement weighs less than 10 grams. More than 400 parts in the movement have also been redesigned.
Our engineers have also optimized the movement, especially in terms of timing accuracy and long-term reliability.
Chronograph (titanium alloy cylindrical gear)
The modern design of the movement enables the various parts to be arranged harmoniously and compactly, avoiding unnecessary overlap, and enabling each workpiece to perform its function most effectively. For example, research is carried out on the geometric design of the spur gears of the fork shoes at all levels, and strives for excellence to ensure that the chronograph can operate for a long time, stable and synchronously.
Operation: The user can press the button at 8 o’clock on the lower left to start or stop the chronograph. Press the other button at 10 o’clock on the upper left to reset the pointer.

Improved performance of the double-second tracking mechanism
The newest new technical feature in the RM 050 FELIPE MASSA two-second chasing tourbillon watch is the complete elimination of the initial jumping effect of the second hand in the chronograph. This new generation of two-second chase hands also reduces energy consumption by up to 50% by reducing friction on the shaft; and a special study on the operation of the two-second chase hands also eliminates the bounce effect when the second hand stops.
Operation: The user only needs to press the button on the right (4 o’clock position) to stop the two-second chase hand, and read out the interval between the start and stop of the chronograph. Press the button again to overlap the two chronograph hands and prepare for the next time.
Torque display
Display information about the tension of the mainspring to optimize the movement’s timing function. If it is lower than 53 dNmm, the mainspring is considered to be too loose; if it is higher than 65 dNmm, the mainspring tension is too strong, which may affect the normal operation of the device and even cause damage. This information is displayed in the number area on the right side of the barrel.
Function display
Similar to the car’s gearbox, as long as the crown is pulled out, winding, neutral and manual functions can be selected. At 4 o’clock, there is a pointer to show the following functions: W (winding)-N (neutral)-H (manual).
Variable inertia balance wheel
This balance wheel represents the pinnacle of innovation, which can effectively improve the reliability of the watch when subjected to vibration, movement assembly, and disassembly, thereby ensuring more accurate movement for a long time. Cancel the scale and use 4 adjustment screws for more accurate and repeatable adjustments.
Quickly rotate the barrel (6 hours instead of 7 and a half hours)
This type of barrel has the following advantages:-It significantly reduces the periodic adhesion of the mainspring, thereby improving its performance;-The ideal power reserve / performance and regularity ratio forms a perfect mainspring delta curve.
Barrel pawl with progressive rebound function
This device can save considerable energy (approximately 20%) during winding, especially at the beginning of winding. It also promotes an even distribution of the internal tension of the mainspring.
Spring barrel tooth and third pinion with central helical tooth
Gears with a central helical tooth profile and an optimal 20-degree angular pressure help the gears rotate more efficiently and offset the meshing deviations of the running gears, ensuring good torque transmission and significantly improving their performance.
Install a combined timing device on the case bottom cover
This installation method has the advantages of durability and easy maintenance:
-Since the mechanism is installed outside the movement, when the fault occurs or maintenance is performed, the timing device can be replaced without disassembling the base plate;
-It is not necessary to remove the hands and dial when installing or removing the module mechanism from the case bottom cover.

Splint grade 5 titanium spline screws
The use of this type of screw can better control the torque of the screw during assembly, so the screw is durable because it will not be damaged during assembly and disassembly.
Extraordinary polishing process
The RMCC1 movement reveals the extraordinary polishing processes in the watch industry, such as many drawing, polishing, and mercerizing polishing. The tourbillon bridge and spring barrel plywood are all polished by hand; the upper and lower sides of the fork are polished. Other parts such as the mainspring drum, minute hand wheel, and large, medium and small gears are rounded, hand beveled, and rhodium plated before and after cutting the teeth. All parts of the RMCC1 movement are brushed, double-sided polished and soft polished. This polishing and finishing is equipped with the latest coatings to make the race chronograph movement run perfectly.
Other technical characteristics
-Movement size: 32.00 mm x 36.70 mm
-Thickness: 7.53 mm
-Tourbillon diameter: 12.30 mm
-Balance wheel diameter: 10 mm
-Total jewel bearings: 35
-Balance wheel: Glucydur, 2 swings, 4 fixing screws
-Instantaneous inertia: 10 mg.cm2, inclination 53 °
-Swing frequency: 21,600 vph (3 Hz)
-Aluminum central splint
-Balance spring: Elinvar spring by NIVAROX
-Seismic protection: KIF ELASTOR KE 160 B28
-The barrel bearing is made of nickel-free chronifer alloy (DIN x 46 Cr 13 + S), which has the following characteristics: no rust, anti-magnetization, and can withstand tempering
RM 056 FELIPE MASSA SAPPHIRE Tourbillon Two Seconds Chasing Hands Chronograph The bezel, ring and case back are directly made of cut sapphire. The watch is assembled without any few pieces to support Such parts. After years of research and development and testing, after confirming the requirements to ensure its strength and comfort, this case finally came out.
Sapphire is an extremely scratch-resistant material with a hardness of 1800 Vickers. It is made of alumina (Al2O3) crystals, and its pure molecular structure gives it a visually transparent texture. The special molecular structure and processing difficulty of sapphire is also one of the biggest problems facing Richard Mille’s precision technicians.
This quality case requires 1,000 hours of processing. The entire case lasts 430 hours, and the three major cases (bezel, ring and case back) need 350 hours to polish.
The three-piece case is water-resistant to 50 meters with two Ding Qing O-rings. The case is assembled with 20 Grade 5 titanium alloy spline screws and wear-resistant 316L stainless steel washers.

Case with grade 5 titanium alloy spline screws
The use of this type of screw can better control the torque of the screw during assembly, so the screw is durable because it will not be damaged during assembly and disassembly.
Torque-limited crown
This crown helps to strengthen the safety factor and prevent accidental overwinding, thus avoiding all kinds of potential damage, such as breaking the winding stem or excessive pressure on the barrel.
Inner and outer flanges
Diamond-like carbon (DLC) -plated titanium alloy, hour scale filled with approved luminous material.
Made of anti-glare sapphire on both sides (thickness: 0.40 mm), 8 silicon connecting pieces are embedded between the inner and outer grooves.
Bezel and case back
Bezel: Anti-glare sapphire (1800 Vickers hardness) on both sides
Thickness: 2.50 mm
Case back: Anti-glare sapphire on both sides
Thickness: 2.50 mm
Seiko modification
-Beveled by hand
-Lock points are polished by hand
-Parts are micro-blasted and sanded
-Polished and polished joints
-Polished pivot
Stainless steel parts
-Surface line drawing and fine sandblasting
-Beveled by hand
-Concave bevel cut with diamond cutter
-Round surface treatment
-Gold-plated (before cutting gear teeth)
-Fine-tune the gear to ensure its geometry and performance