Lot 2179
  • 2179

Richard Mille

Estimate
1,100,000 - 1,900,000 HKD
Sold
1,360,000 HKD
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Description

  • A FINE AND RARE WHITE GOLD TONNEAU-FORM SKELETONIZED TOURBILLON WRISTWATCH WITH POWER RESERVE, TORQUE INDICATION AND HONEYCOMED ORTHORHOMBIC TITANIUM ALUMINDE BASEPLATE
    RM021 AJ WG NO 01 AERODYNE CIRCA 2009
  • dimensions 48 x 39 mm
• cal. RM021 manual winding movement, 27 jewels, one-minute tourbillon carriage, titanium and honeycombed orthorhombic titanium aluminide baseplate with carbon nonofiber core • skeletonized dial, Arabic numerals to partial sapphire crystal dial with luminescent dot indexes to a raised carbon fiber flange, luminescent skeletonized hands • brushed 18k white gold tonneau-form case with polished edges, secured by 8 grade 5 titanium screws, further screws secure the strap, push button in the crown to select W (Winding), N (Neutral) and H (Hands) functions, sapphire crystal display back • case, dial and movement signed • with a white gold and titanium Richard Mille buckle

Catalogue Note

With a Richard Mille certifcate and instruction manual.

Stated in the brand’s philosophy: “Three principles guide the brand’s concept: the best in cutting edge innovative technology and a strong artistic and architectural dimension, a watch designed for ease of use and robustness yet remaining extremely sophisticated.” Richard Mille did not simply try to find his place in the watchmaking world; he carved one out for himself.  He constantly strives for perfection and to make innovation and extreme technical prowess his driving force. 

The RM021 is the testimony of his continuous effort in the expansion and application of truly unique materials to watchmaking.  It is the first watch created with a composite baseplate utilizing a titanium exterior framework in combination with honeycombed orthorhombic titanium alumide and carbon nanofiber.  If you think it’s not rocket science.  Think again.  The use of this metal alloy is pure rocket science, the subject of NASA research into an alloy that would allow lighter turbine or aircraft wings.  This is a watch borne from the aeronautics industry.  The concept engineers, Frederic Garinaud and Frederic Magnard, behind the use of the orthorhombic titanium material in the baseplate, were both trained in aeronautical engineering.  With the training and inside contact of the industry, they came up with a baseplate that is constructed very much the same way as parts on high performance jets which is light and will not corrode or warp over time to temperature variations or any other extreme environments.   

Introduced in 2009 as Richard Mille’s new standard tourbillon watch, this is the first time this watch makes its debut in auction. 

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