- AN EXTREMELY FINE AND IMPORTANT SAPPHIRE TONNEAU-FORM SKELETONIZED TOURBILLON WRISTWATCH
RM56-02 NO 10/10 CIRCA 2015
Created for the Hong Kong Watches & Wonder event in 2015, the magnificent RM56-02 Sapphire Tourbillon is the watchmaking milestone for it's complex case design for the weightlessness and transparency.
This timepiece is centred on two innovations, the first being the cable and pulley system that suspends the movement from the sapphire case – taken from their RM 27-01 Nadal watch; and second, the unparalleled use of sapphire to create transparent components.
Being cut and milled from solid blocks of sapphire, RM56-02's entire case, including the front bezel, caseband and back bezel. Knowing as a particularly scratch-resistant material, sapphire creates the transparency to the timepiece based on its molecular composition. The three-part case is made entirely of sapphire crystal making it scratch resistant.
This wristwatch is a true testament to Richard Mille’s commitment to perfection as the case has to be milled and ground from solid pieces of sapphire and takes up to 40 days to create one RM 56-02 case and an additional 400 hours for the sapphire bridge.
Furthermore, the grade 5 titanium baseplate is suspended by a system of four pulleys on the case as well as six pulleys on the baseplate itself, which is all held together with a 0.35mm braided cable.
With only 10 pieces produced, technique and creativity is what makes this watch a novel piece in the Richard Mille collection and beyond. This elegant and complex wristwatch features unique components that reinforce the brands craftsmanship and innovation. It is a rare collector’s watch that is seldom presented.