Richard Mille. A fine and large titanium skeletonized tonneau-shaped curved wristwatch with sweep centre seconds and date
Richard Mille. A fine and large titanium skeletonized tonneau-shaped curved wristwatch with sweep centre seconds and date

SIGNED RICHARD MILLE, REF. RM005 AE TI, NO. 249, MOVEMENT NO. 1758, CIRCA 2005

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Richard Mille. A fine and large titanium skeletonized tonneau-shaped curved wristwatch with sweep centre seconds and date
Signed Richard Mille, ref. RM005 AE Ti, No. 249, movement no. 1758, circa 2005
Cal. RM 005 titanium lever movement, 32 jewels, Glucydur balance, the skeletonized dial with Arabic numerals, outer five minute divisions with luminous details, sweep centre seconds, eccentric window for date at 7 o'clock, in large tonneau-shaped curved case, the bezel secured by eight titanium screws, the glazed display back secured by four titanium screws, titanium Richard Mille buckle, case, dial and movement signed
39 mm. wide & 45 mm. overall length

Lot Essay

Accompanied by Richard Mille Garantie dated 16 February 2006, instruction manual, original fitted leather-covered tonneau-shaped presentation box and outer packaging.

A veteran in the watch industry, Richard Mille began his career in 1974 as a commercial director for one of the world's largest watch companies where he remained for 20 years. In 2000 he started developing his own timepieces, inspired by the perfection found in the automobile and aviation industries. His line of watches includes a specially developed tourbillon escapement, the innovative technical choices applied to the design of this sophisticated watch required thousands of hours to develop. In August 2001 the first watch, the Tourbillon RM 001, was launched followed by the Tourbillon RM 002 the same year, a further improvement of its predecessor featuring a titanium plate and function indicator. In 2002, Mille introduced the Tourbillon RM 003 with dual-time indicator.

Richard Mille timepieces offer a very different conceptual approach in the luxury watch field. His goal is to be to the watch industry what Ferrari and McLaren are to the automotive field: technologically advanced, innovative and performance oriented.

The materials used for Richard Mille watches are high-tech, including titanium, ceramic (for the cap jewels) and ARCAP (an alloy with superb mechanical properties of endurance and resistance to distortion). The cases are ergonomically curved and feature lateral ribs for extra strength.

The main feature of the present watch is its rotor with variable geometry and unidirectional, anti-clockwise winding direction. This exclusive Richard Mille design allows the rewinding of the mainspring to be adapted most effectively to the user's activity level whether it be sporting or non-sporting environments. By adjusting the setting of the rib's placement, the rotor's inertia is modified to either speed up the winding process in the case of leisurely arm movements, or slow it down when sporting activities are pursued. As a result, this invention allows the movement's winding mechanism to be optimized and personalized to the owner's lifestyle.

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