In 2020, the use of unusual materials borrowed from cutting-edge industries to make five-digit and six-digit timepieces feels like the province of the entire fine watchmaking industry. Therefore, it is easy to think that copy Richard Mille is just a leader in large packaging.
Mille’s first watch came out in 2001, and his wrist-type racing machine inspired by Formula One put this category on the map. Although others have followed in his footsteps, spreading the buzz of Richard Mille is easier said than done. Mille brings lightness and complexity to riders, tennis players, golfers, track stars and other celebrities, so that Mille has enough news reports to make it a luxury brand that even non-watch lovers often hear about . Today, we are looking at the latest version of the RM 11 that I truly regard as a Richard Mille classic.
The RM 11 chronograph series came out in 2007, when the company’s development history was earlier. When I heard the name Richard Mille, it was definitely one of two or three watches I thought of. Over the years, we have seen several incarnations of this watch, and it is also made of many materials. Now, for the first time, we see RM 11 in gray cermet, which is a very durable material with a hardness comparable to diamonds. The measured hardness of the gray cermet is 2360 Vickers hardness, while diamond is 2400 Vickers hardness. We have seen the brown cermet RM before, the RM052 version made for Pharrell Williams.
Cermet is a kind of heat-resistant composite material made of ceramic and sintered metal. In the manufacture of cermet materials, one of the goals is to combine the desired properties of ceramics, such as high temperature resistance and hardness, with the properties of metals. In the case of the RM gray cermet developed in cooperation with the IMI Group, the metal is titanium. With this material, RM can be made into a highly scratch-resistant watch that feels light on the wrist despite its large size.
RM 11 looks as futuristic as ever. Although the gray cermet case is the most important innovation in RM 11-05, it is also a very important part of the watchmaking industry. In addition to being a flyback chronograph using Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), it is also an annual calendar with date and month displays. From my perspective, this watch combines the most useful complication (GMT) with the most interesting chronograph. Coupled with the annual calendar, this is far beyond your regular sports watch. The automatic movement of RMAC3 came to Richard Mille through the movement manufacturer Vaucher owned by Parmigiani Fleurier/Sandoz, which features Miller’s famous The variable geometry rotor.
Despite the matte nature of the gray cermet top cover, this watch hardly flies under the radar-I mean, this is Richard Mille after all. Since the dial, flange, crown, buttons and strap are all embellished with orange and light blue, splashes of color can be seen.
Brand: Richard Miller
Model: RM 11-05 automatic flyback timing GMT
Reference number: RM 11-05
Diameter: 50 x 42.70mm
Thickness: 16.15 mm
Case material: The front bezel is gray cermet, the strap is carbon TPT, and the back is grade 5 titanium. The grade 5 titanium crown is micro-blasted in Alcryn, with a double-sealed O-ring and a collar.
Dial: Made of sapphire (thickness: 0.40 mm) with anti-glare treatment (2 sides) and protected by 8 silicon stays inserted in the upper and lower flange grooves.
Waterproof depth: 50 meters
Strap: light blue rubber strap, integrated with the shape of the case
Functions: hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph, GMT, big date, month
Diameter: 30.25 x 38.45mm
Power reserve: about 55 hours; timer runs for 45 hours
Winding: automatic with variable geometry rotor
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4Hz)