With the new RM 33-02, Richard Mille is launching its first round automatic watch with a case crafted from Carbon TPT.
This model is the evolution of the RM 033 originally introduced in 2011 and the RM 33-01 Automatic that followed in 2015.
The aesthetics of the original has been reinterpreted by combining the curves of a tonneau shape and the elegance of a round form with a sporty vibe coming from the design of the hollows.
The 41.70 x 8.80 mm case has a tripartite construction with the front and back bezels made of Carbon TPT and the caseband in satin-finished 5N red gold.
Carbon TPT is a material with a unique finish obtained by layering hundreds of sheets of carbon fibres using an automated process that changes the orientation of the weft between layers (you can read more on the hi-tech materials used by Richard Mille for its timepieces here).
The tripartite case is assembled with 14 spline screws in grade 5 titanium and abrasion-resistant washers in 316L stainless steel, further complemented by integration of the lugs into the case’s torque screw system. Thanks to 2 Nitrile O-ring seals, the watch is water resistant to 30 metres / 100 feet.
The design of the strap prolongs that of the two indentations positioned at 6 and 12 o’clock contributing to the dynamics of the case.
The RM 33-02 is powered by the skeletonised RMXP1 calibre in grade-5 titanium. Regulated by a variable-inertia balance oscillating at 3 Hz (21,600 vibrations per hour), this calibre is wound by an off-centre platinum micro-rotor that makes it possible to reduce the total thickness of the movement to 2.60 mm. Its volumes are highlighted by the different finishes - microblasted, stretched and satin-finished - and the anglage, all rigorously hand made. The power reserve is 45 hours.
Sporty and elegant at the same time, the new Richard Mille RM 33-02 is available as a limited edition of 140 timepieces with a price of Euro 155,300. richardmille.com