In Richard Mille’s high-tech watches, complications remain calm and composed even when subjected to the most demanding tests. There is a striking anecdote. Going back to the early days of the brand, Mr. Richard Mille once threw a tourbillon watch against the wall of the conference room to demonstrate its extraordinary durability. He seems to possess some kind of magical power, able to continuously innovate and ensure that the brand always stays ahead of the fierce competition.
One of the latest examples is the RM27-02 watch and its new manual winding tourbillon movement. For the first time, Richard Mille used NTPT® carbon fiber (known for its excellent physical properties, excellent resistance to micro-cracks and fractures, and has been widely used in the production of many watches) to create an integrated structure of the base plate and watch ring. This means that the construction of the watch is no longer centered on the case, and the bezel and case bottom are directly mounted on the integrated base plate.
The idea of unibody construction comes from the world of motorsport, where this type of construction offers greater rigidity and greater impact resistance. Even if it is worn on the wrist of a tennis player who can hit the ball at a speed of 135 kilometers per hour, it can still ensure that the watch performs perfectly. This innovative design concept demonstrates the Richard Mille brand’s unremitting pursuit of technology and engineering, allowing its high-tech watches to maintain excellent performance in various fields.
As the 114th French Open approaches, Richard Mille’s partner Nadal is only one step away from winning the French Open’s “tenth crown.” To celebrate this event, Richard Mille from the Jura Mountains has launched a new manual winding tourbillon movement specially designed for tennis events.
Richard Mille engineers have carried out extensive research on the use of NTPT® (Thin Layer Composite Technology) carbon fiber material with excellent mechanical properties and excellent micro-fracture resistance. In the end, they succeeded in launching an original design – a one-piece hollow movement base plate that integrates the main case and base plate, eliminating the need for connecting fasteners between the two parts. This design is inspired by the principles of a racing car frame, which significantly enhances the rigidity and impact resistance of the watch.
The new one-piece movement baseplate is processed at ProArt and is hailed as a cutting-edge work in the field of watchmaking and technology. To achieve this technological breakthrough, it not only requires mastery of the new high-tech materials pioneered by Richard Mille, but also excellent micro-machining technology. The launch of this innovative design further highlights Richard Mille’s technical leadership in the field of fine watchmaking and provides superb support for Nadal’s outstanding performance at the French Open.
The exquisite and graceful engraved base plate supports the grade 5 titanium alloy bridge plate, both in terms of three-dimensionality, fine finishing (hand chamfering, sandblasting and satin surface treatment), and in terms of the complexity of the combination of titanium alloy and carbon fiber. , all showed unparalleled outstanding performance.
The bridge plate is not only a support for the mechanical device, but also a masterpiece of exquisite craftsmanship. The rapidly rotating barrel provides 70 hours of regular power, ensuring that the power is always consistent from start to stop.
In the case design, the spirit of innovation is most vividly displayed. The unique black and white design makes the watch uniquely attractive and unforgettable. Richard Mille engineers worked closely with North Thin Ply Technology to develop novel TPT® Quartz, a thin-layer composite material composed of hundreds of layers of quartz filaments. Quartz fiber not only retains high temperature resistance and extreme strength, but also has the ability to resist electromagnetic interference.
The watch uses a silica fiber layer of no more than 45 microns, which is interlaced with NTPT® (Thin Layer Composite Technology) carbon fiber layers through a special automated control system. The fibers between each layer are interlaced at a 45-degree angle. In a pressure cooker similar to those used for parts in the aerospace industry, the material is heated to 120 degrees Celsius and sent to ProArt for processing. During the processing process, the TPT® quartz layer and the NTPT® carbon fiber layer react randomly to form a special texture, making each watch case a unique work of art. This innovative design not only breaks the boundaries of technology, but also provides significant proof of Richard Mille’s craftsmanship.
The watch becomes even more eye-catching with the introduction of TPT® quartz.
ruartz? Richard Mille watch? How can it be! In fact, the “quartz” mentioned here does not refer to the movement, but the material. Richard Mille and Swiss prepreg material specialist North Thin Ply Technology (NTPT) have further deepened their cooperation to combine NTPT® carbon fiber with TPT® quartz fiber (a thick layer composed of more than 600 thin layers of TPT® quartz fiber unidirectional tape) Fusion, a ground-breaking innovative material was developed for the production of watch cases (or, rather, bezels and case backs).
TPT® quartz fiber is pre-impregnated through a resin matrix and subsequently embedded in the NTPT® carbon fiber layer seams. This high-performance composite material not only has bright colors and unique finishes (each fiber layer processing is random), but also has excellent impact strength, high temperature resistance and immunity to electromagnetic interference.