RM003-V2 | Dual-Time Tourbillon | Titanium
Founded by Monsieur Mille in 1999, in collaboration with famed movement manufacturer APRP (Audemars Piguet Renaud & Papi), the brand has from the very beginning, demonstrated a taste for experimental, high-tech watches. When Richard Mille released the RM001 tourbillon in 2001, it was just a hint of where the brand would progress to, over the subsequent decades, taking inspiration from the worlds of Formula One, aerospace and automotive research. With their motto of “a racing machine on the wrist" in mind, Richard Mille's designs reinforce the concept of performance, while innovation remains at the core of the brand's identity, both in watchmaking and materials-science.
Richard Mille’s philosophy was made clear when the RM001 was discontinued after just 17 pieces; limited examples of experimental watches, advancing in complexity and innovation over time. The RM003 was launched in 2002, building-on several developments of the RM002, whilst adding a dual-time function. The 003 also retained the 002’s integration of a clutch mechanism and push-button selector at the centre of the crown - similar to a car’s gearbox, reducing stresses on the movement when winding or setting the time. Seen in the RM003, the hand at 4 o’clock displays the selected function: 'W' (Winding) – 'N' (Neutral) – 'H' (Hand-setting).
Like all watches from the Jura-based manufacture, the RM003 has a unique presence on the wrist. This example, produced in brushed titanium, uses a slightly larger tonneau-shaped case than its predecessors (the 001 and 002) - measuring 39.70 x 48.00 mm. The sandwich-style construction of the Richard Mille tonneau case comprises of three parts; a centre section, as well as front and back bezels. For the case to remain sealed, tolerances on the RM003 case are extremely high (requiring a fit of 100th of a millimetre between parts), with its curvature further complicating the machining process.
First introduced in the RM003, the duel-time display is set using the pusher at 9 o’clock, located on the case side. Each engagement rotates the optically-coated, sapphire-glass disc on the dial by one hour, with the numerals only legible whilst suspended over a white background at 3 o’clock. Richard Mille uses highly-contrasting colours and shapes to achieve optimal legibility and functionality, against the open-worked movement below.
The white-painted, luminous numerals are shown on a sapphire plate, appearing to float between the hands and movement. The small dots marking the hours on the rehaut are also luminous, while the tips of the skelentonised hands are lume-filled for increased legibility in low-light conditions. The layered effect of the various sapphire plates, skeletonised parts and movement components, renders the RM003 visually complex, much like the engine bay of Formula One cars, which served as inspiration.
Developed by Audemars Piguet Renaud & Papi, the hand-finished Calibre RM003-V2 is manually-wound and unique to Richard Mille. The tourbillon is at 6 o’clock (on the dial side), with the variable-inertia, free-sprung balance beating at 21,600 A/h. In a watchmaking first, the baseplate is manufactured from carbon, used for its high rigidity and durability. For similar reasons, the time-setting mechanism is modular and fitted outside of the movement. This increases ease of maintenance, as the dial and hands do not have to be removed for the module to be changed. The 70 hour power-reserve is shown to the left of the mainspring barrel, mirroring the torque indicator, which indicates the mainspring’s tension (enabling a watchmaker to optimise the movement’s chronometry).
This Richard Mille RM003-V2 is the perfect example of innovative 21st-century watchmaking, displaying all the characteristics that make the brand’s watches so coveted today. It comes fitted with a grey velcro Richard Mille strap, and is accompanied by its original stamped warranty card and fitted presentation box, as well as a second Richard Mille alligator strap.
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|Model:||Dual-time Tourbillon RM003-V2 Ti|
|Movement:||mechanical manual-winding Calibre RM003-V2|
|Functions:||tourbillon, dual-time, hours, minutes|
|Features:||carbon nanofiber baseplate, torque indicator, power-reserve, display back, skeletonised dial|
|Case:||brushed titanium, 39.70 x 48.00 mm, thickness 13.65 mm|
|Crystal:||sapphire front and back|
|Bracelet:||Richard Mille velcro strap and Richard Mille alligator strap|
|Box & papers:||full set - box, papers and original stamped warranty|
This Richard Mille RM003-V2 is in excellent condition, and is accompanied by its original stamped warranty card, fitted presentation box, and a second Richard Mille alligator strap. The brushed titanium case shows some very light marks consistent with use (including light scratches to the bezel) but retains sharp, clear definition to all edges. Signs of wear are best seen in the creatives. The watch has not been serviced, servicing can be arranged with the brand at the request of buyer.
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