Richard Mille is known for its ground-breaking, high-performance luxury watches, and its recent offering is no exception. The ACJ Tourbillon Split Seconds Chronograph (RM 50-02 ACJ) is a perfect example of what the watchmaker’s aesthetics are all about. Collaborating with Airbus Corporate Jets, Richard Mille stuns haute horlogerie enthusiasts with a unique timepiece that screams of luxury jet setting, reflective of ACJ’s elegantly clad travel planes.

It is a product created by two of the world’s best; a tastefully manufactured watch that merges aspects of aeronautics and clockwork in one device. Making use of high-tech materials–carbon nanofiber, titanium and aluminium lithium lital, Richard Mille engineers this 21st century watch with a brightly coloured design and a powerful tourbillon. A visual flight, RM 50-02 showcases technical prowess in performing chronograph function while eliminating initial jumps during starts and stops.

The whole machinery is housed in a titanium-aluminium case (TiAl), an alloy that possesses features of both ceramic and metals. It performs with extreme endurance yet is lighter than regular alloys. This is the same material used by ACJ in its jet turbine blades.

RM 50-02 features a second bezel in white ceramic, constructed from aluminium oxide powder injected at 2,000-bar pressure. This increases the material’s rigidity by 20% or more, offering scratch-resistance capabilities, as well as a lovely matte finish.

But what set this watch apart from others is its split seconds mechanism, employing less energy use and reducing friction within the movement. The complication glows with bright colours of yellow, orange, green and red, producing a jovial charm atop the very ambitious complication. And just like a car’s dashboard, the watch comes with an indicator for users to view the setting positions whenever the pusher is winded. At 4 o’clock, one can see the symbols W (Winding), N (Neutral) and H (Hands).

Richard Mille has created the movement separated from the component. This promises longevity and precision, as the time setting can be changed without affecting the complication.

Specifications:

Exclusive movement, RM 50-02

70-hour Power Reserve

3 Hz Frequency

37 jewels

GLUCYDUR balance wheel

Nivarox balance spring

KIF Elastor KE 160 B28 shock protection

Chronifer barrel shaft

Sapphire crystal glass dial

There are only 30 pieces of this limited edition timepiece, sold exclusively at Richard Mille boutiques.

PASCAL GRENACHER

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