Swiss watchmaker Richard Mille has partnered with luxury jet manufacturer Airbus Corporate Jets for the RM 50-02 ACJ Tourbillon Split Seconds Chronograph. For this purpose French businessman enlists an Airbus designer to incorporate aeronautic elements into this innovative timepiece. Debuted at SIHH 2016, the tourbillon RM 50-02 ACJ is a limited edition of 30 pieces, only available in the Richard Mille boutiques for a whopping $1,050,000.
Sylvain Mariat, Head of Airbus Corporate Jets’ Creative Design Studio together with Julien Boillat and Salvador Arbona from RM R&D Office have drafted the design for watch, using advanced elements in the internal design of bridges and baseplate in grade 5 titanium, along with an extensive application of skeletonisation to every possible area, offering significant weight reduction. A number of parts within the movement have been dipped in special aeronautical paint used to protect engine and chassis parts from corrosion and environmental conditions.
Sylvain Mariat has spent 2 years working closely with the brand’s technical office to finalize the RM 50-02 ACJ Tourbillon Split Seconds Chronograph. The end result is a visually dramatic view of the technical interior of the split seconds chronograph movement. The new RM50-02 tourbillon calibre hosts a power reserve indicator (70 hours) between 11 and 12 o’clock, a torque indicator that supplies information about the tension of the mainspring allowing the optimisation of the chronometer function and a function indicator to show the watch’s state in each of the positions for winding, neutral and Hand setting.
The watch is encased in Titanium-Aluminum alloy, the same one used on the Airbus jet turbine blades, with a secondary ceramic bezel that represents the shape of an ACJ window. The signature Richard Mille screws around the outer edge of the bezel have been replaced with Torq set screws. There is also a jet engine inspired crown bearing an engraved, wave patterned Airbus logo.
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