Richard Mille watch RM 029 Rose Gold Oversize Date
This brand new and truly outstanding (in terms of price and design) aviation watch designed by Richard Mille in collaboration with Airbus’s private jet division made its debut at SIHH in 2016. ACJ stands for “Airbus Corporate Jets.” This division of the French aircraft company produces jetliners that can usually accommodate 20-50 passengers for the super-rich, companies and even governments. ACJ chose to collaborate with Richard Mille, and this interesting Richard Mille RM 50-02 ACJ Tourbillon Split Seconds Chronograph is the result.
According to Richard Mille and ACJ, the two companies spent about two years developing the Richard Mille RM 50-02 ACJ Tourbillon Split Seconds Chronograph limited edition watch. The reason why this watch is so unique is that it uses many design elements inspired by Airbus aircraft. I know that some people will undoubtedly dislike this watch, just like all Richard Mille watches have their friends and enemies. I admit that on paper, the design of this watch has nothing to do with the work. The colors, design inspiration, and overall interpretation of the shape make the watch sound crazy to stupid, but on the individual and on the wrist, it is completely effective. It can be said that the current team fell in love with Richard Mille RM 50-02 ACJ Tourbillon Split Seconds Chronograph at first sight. This is not important, because a watch worth more than $1,000,000 is unlikely to be worn on our wrists forever. I should also mention that Richard Mille RM 50-02 ACJ Tourbillon Split Seconds Chronograph is one of those watches that looks much better than its marketing picture (ironically, usually the opposite).
The most striking graphic design element of the Richard Mille RM 50-02 ACJ Tourbillon Split Seconds Chronograph is the dial, which looks like a curved rectangular flat window. Other “jet-style” design elements include wheels and tire crowns on the side of the case, the Airbus ACJ logo and other symbols, and pointer and dial designs inspired by modern aircraft instrument readings. The dial color is a bit loud, but it really matches the theme.
Richard Mille RM 50-02 ACJ Tourbillon Split Seconds Chronograph is mainly made of titanium and some alloys. It is very light to wear on the wrist. It is 42.70 mm wide, 50.10 mm high and 16.50 mm thick. Another distinctive element is the white ceramic bezel. Above it is a small version of Airbus’s own special tension screw, which adds extra uniqueness to the design.
In a typical fake Richard Mille role, the details and decorations of the case and movement are very meticulous. Inside the watch is an internal movement, which is not new technically, but there are many new parts and some new materials, and it feels very new. You will notice that some of the movement parts look interesting, almost oxidized bronze-these parts are actually coated with a special anti-corrosion material used on Airbus aircraft. I can’t say that it has a very useful element in the Richard Mille RM 50-02 ACJ Tourbillon Split Seconds Chronograph, but it looks cool. The movement itself is very deep, with many features and functions.
The Richard Mille RM 50-02 ACJ Tourbillon Split Seconds Chronograph has a new version of the manual winding movement of the Richard Mille Tourbillon Split Seconds Chronograph. Most of the dial is a sapphire crystal, but the tourbillon (with bridge) and barrel bridge have their own openings. The 60-minute split-second chronograph is combined with a power reserve indicator, a movement torque indicator and a crown selection indicator. Of course, there is also a tourbillon, which doubles as a seconds indicator.
As the founders and creative souls of the brand continue to release watches with bright-toned dials (such as the RM 60-1 automatic flyback chronograph For St. Barth) and cases made of unique materials, such as NTPT quartz. It is easy for watch traditionalists to avoid these designs, but for those who are wealthy and avant-garde, it is difficult to switch from a more conservative watch to a Richard Mille watch and then back again.
In addition to the titanium case, most of the calibre RM50-02 manual movement inside the Richard Mille RM 50-02 ACJ Tourbillon Minutes and Seconds Chronograph is made of titanium-although the titanium is polished and polished. The extreme effort and completion is obvious. Richard Mille himself seems to really like to challenge the limit, not only the functional complexity of sports, but also the complexity of architecture. The tourbillon-based movement operates at 3Hz (21,600 bph) and has a power reserve of approximately 70 hours.
In fact, the core of the Richard Mille RM 50-02 ACJ Tourbillon Split Seconds Chronograph is a very traditional Richard Mille (belonging to a very non-traditional brand) watch with some unique design elements for the special partner (ACJ). In other words, its uniqueness does not deprive Richard Mille of the core wearing and functional experience of Richard Mille. This watch feels like a successful fusion between familiar and new things in a brand. Although the price can reach 1% of 1%, it is still very popular.
People who buy large private jets from Airbus are undoubtedly the perfect target group for this limited edition watch. Why not spend an extra million to buy a watch that goes well with your shiny new ACJ319 aircraft?