Coupled with its RM 011 automatic flyback chronograph caliber, Richard Mille presents the latest incarnation of its TPT quartz case dressed in a devilish red. Rather than the white resin as used for the originl Rafa 27-02 (see below), it appears that Mille and team was able to develop and intense red resin as the base material for the case. I am soooo curious to see what this one looks like in person!
Originally developed for the manufacture of racing boat sails, this material finds applications in Formula 1 chassis construction, aeronautics…and now watchmaking, as it has rapidly become the brand’s trademark composite material.
Richard Mille’s NTPT carbon was unveiled two years ago. Several months later, as part of its constant quest for technical and aesthetic solutions, Richard Mille released its first development involving NTPT carbon, which was combined with TPT® quartz exclusively for the brand in partnership with Swiss company North Thin Ply Technology®. It was this combination of materials that gave rise to the RM 27-02 Rafael Nadal.
Wrapped in its striped white casing, this tourbillion caliber demonstrated to the general public the full extent of the properties characterizing this composite material: great resilience to high temperatures, transparency to electromagnetic waves and extreme resistance to impact forces of up to 5,000 G.
The Quartz TPT Case of the Richard Mille RM 27-02 Rafael Nadal
Its creation involves inserting layers of silica no thicker than 45 microns between layers of carbon using an automated application system which modifies the orientation of the fibers between each layer by 45°. After being heated to 120°C in an autoclave similar to those used for aeronautical parts, the material is ready to be worked by ProArt, the Manufacture dedicated to machining Richard Mille cases and components.
Research carried out on red TPT® quartz led to the creation of an intense red resin, whose shine is enhanced by the quartz fibers.
The combination of red TPT® quartz and black NTPT carbon guarantees the uniqueness of every case, as the machining process randomly reveals the pattern formed when these two materials merge.
The new red TPT® quartz and NTPT carbon case ensures that the automatic RMAC1 caliber equipping the famous RM 011 is fully protected.
This grade 5 titanium movement has a power reserve of 55 hours powered by a double barrel system wound by a variable-geometry rotor. Featuring an oversized date at 12 o’clock, a month display at 4 o’clock and a flyback chronograph with a countdown function, this iconic Richard Mille timepiece reveals a fresh new look. The RM 011 TPT® quartz edition will be limited to 50 pieces and only available at the Richard Mille boutiques.
Can’t wait to see this one hands on!