Richard Mille, luxury Swiss watches brand has unveiled a quintessential writing instrument at the ongoing SIHH 2016 in Palexpo Exhibition Center Geneva, Switzerland. Dubbed RMS05 Fountain Pen, it is based on same technology and packs same mechanical details as Richard Mille’s timepieces. Developed over a period of four years, the RMS05 is the first writing instrument by the brand. Thus, by transforming it into a pure product of watchmaking, RM is looking to redefine the fountain pen.
The barrel and the cap is made from NTPT carbon which offers extremely regular wavy appearance, all thanks to thousand composed layers of parallel laments obtained by dividing carbon fibers. With a maximum thickness of 30 microns, these layers are infused with resin and then woven on a special machine. This method alters the direction of the woven fabric by 45° between layers to offer a unique appearance. After that, the NTPT carbon is heated to 120°C at a pressure of 6 bars and is then processed on a CNC machine in RM’s ProArt case factory.
Boasting a tiny skeletonized mechanism, the components are made in grade 5 titanium with PVD coating for the bridges and electroplasma treatment for the calibre’s baseplate. RMS05 uses a self-winding pen calibre to extend the pen’s satin-finished 18K white gold nib. To function perfectly, the writing instrument uses an escapement mechanism commonly found in clocks. The recoil type escapement makes sure that nib’s speed and precision remains flawless as it extends with a push of button located on top of the fountain pen. As soon as the cap is replaced the mechanism automatically resets, ready for the next use.
The RMS05 Fountain Pen by Richard Mille is introduced at the ongoing Salon International de la Haute Horologie (SIHH 2016) taking place at Palexpo Exhibition Center Geneva, Switzerland. However, there is no word on the pricing and availability of the RMS05 fountain pen.