Richard Mille is looking to set the center stage on fire at the ongoing SIHH 2016, in Switzerland. Besides introducing its first ever writing instrument, the Swiss brand has unveiled a $1,050,000 timepiece at the event. Dubbed RM 50-02 ACJ, the Tourbillon Split Seconds Chronograph Watch has been developed in partnership with Airbus Corporate Jets. Based in Toulouse, France, ACJ is a business unit of Airbus which is specialized in manufacturing corporate jets and private jets along with a wide range of customized services.
Taking inspiration from Airbus’ luxurious jets, the RM 50-02 ACJ timepiece has been developed by both the companies over a course of two years. The case of the watch is made in Titanium-Aluminum, same alloy that is used in Airbus for its jet turbine blades. The second bezel is made in ATZ white ceramic that is based on aluminum oxide powder injected at a pressure of 2,000 bar to increase the rigidity.
Measuring 42.70mm wide, 50.10mm tall and 16.50mm thick, the RM 50-02 ACJ watch comes with a new split seconds mechanism. This feature eliminates the initial jumping in the chronograph seconds hand. Also, with new split seconds components, energy consumption of this function can be lowered by almost half. The function indicator of the watch allows one to see the winding, neutral and hand setting positions as the crown is pulled out. Furthermore, the RM 50-02 ACJ will come with a modular time setting mechanism fitted against the case back.
The $1,050,000 RM 50-02 ACJ by Richard Mille and Airbus Corporate Jets has a power reserve of 70 hours which is displayed on a numeric scale near 11 o’clock. The Richard Mille RM 50-02 ACJ Tourbillon Split Second Chronograph watch launched at SIHH 2016 is a limited edition of 30 pieces, only available in Richard Mille boutiques.
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