Borrowing a line from Richard Mille’s own anouncement of the watch is really the best way to describe this one: The RM 62-01 Tourbillon Vibrating Alarm Airbus Corporate Jets is the most complicated Richard Mille made to date, with 816 components, 2 barrels, 7 hands, 11 displays and a tourbillon cage worked into a case the that has the volume of an RM 11-03.
Launched earlier today in Monte-Carlo, Monaco the watch is the second collaborative timepiece Richard Mille’s made with Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ), the Airbus subsidiary that deals with bespoke private aircrafts.
The RM 62-01 features a Titanium and Carbon TPT® case, measuring 42.00 x 49.94 x 16.90 mm. Once inside the case, the Calibre RM62-01 is a manual winding movement with its baseplate and bridges in grade 5 titanium that is black PVD treated.
Taking account of the various functions of the watch, we can go by the seven hands that work out the several indications. First, you have the hours and minutes that are centrally mounted (that’s two hands). The green UTC hand is basically a second time zone indicator. The sub dial between 4 and 5 o’clock hold hands four and five, which are the hour and minute hands that can be used to set the alarm function to the nearest minute of a full 24 hours. Hand number six is the power reserve indicator at 11 o‘clock. Lastly, hand number seven is the indicator at 7 o’clock which keeps track of the power reserve dedicated to the alarm.
This allow us to segue nicely to talk about the alarm function. In the RM 62-01, rather than your predicted gongs and hammers, Richard Mille’s gone with an oscillating weight that vibrates to give the watch’s wearer a discreet alarm at the set time, a concept inspired by the silent mode notifications on modern cell phones. The oscillating weight that creates the “alarm” is a single piece of white gold that’s calibrated to spin at a precise 5,400 rpm. Now we don’t use the word precise lightly here, because the alarm mechanism is one that is the result of five years of research and development alongside none other than the incredible folks at Audemars Piguet Renaud & Papi.
Given that the alarm function has its own barrel, the maximum time an alarm can go on for is 12 seconds. To rearm the barrel, you’ll have to press the pusher at 8 o’clock exactly 12 times. The watch allows the wearer to arrest the alarm at any moment while it’s active (in the lack of any mention of exactly how this is achieved, we’re assuming that it’s the pusher 4 and 5 o’clock that enables us to switch the alarm on/off). Which means to say that the pusher at 2 and 3 o’clock allows for the date to be adjusted.
The other indicators on the dial of the RM 62-01 include the oversize date, am/pm indicator, the function selector (as per the state of the watch crown) and, of course, the on/off activation indicator for the alarm.
The last thing worth mentioning for now is the RM 002 inspired crown on the RM 62-01, which uses a pusher on the crown to help select between five adjust modes: N (Neutral) — W (winding) — T (time setting) — U (UTC hand setting) — A (Alarm setting). The specific selected mode is highlighted using a disc at 3 o’clock.
While there’s much more to be learned and said about the RM 62-01, for now we leave you with this, that the watch is to be made in a limited run of 30 pieces. Price stands at CHF 1,200,000 (before tax).
Manual winding Calibre RM62-01 with tourbillon; hours, minutes, oversize date, UTC (universal time coordinated), am/pm indicator, function selector, power-reserve indicator; vibrating alarm function with on/off activation indicator; circa 70 hours (±10%), indicator at 11 o’clock
42.00 x 49.94 x 16.90mm in Titanium and Carbon TPT®