SYNTHESIS OF THE ROUND SHAPE
'In creating the RM 025 diver’s watch, we took control of the round shape. The circle is omnipresent in mechanisms, where everything is in perpetual rotation: gear trains, wheels, pinions, rotors... We enjoyed focusing on this fundamental–the circular shape–to specify the volume of everything and define its encompassing form, thus achieving total synthesis between the whole and its parts.'
Richard Mille imagined this chic model using the beautiful, subdued aesthetic grammar of the circle. The ergonomic elegance of the RM 033 is based on the slim profile of the curved case that espouses the wrist, while the bezel is strictly horizontal, parallel to the skeletonised baseplate. As its movement is just 2.60 mm thick, Richard Mille was able to limit the thickness of the case to 6.30 mm.
RM 033 AUTOMATIC EXTRA FLAT
BASEPLATE AND BRIDGES IN GRADE 5 TITANIUM
The manufacturing of these components in grade 5 titanium with Titalyt® treatment for the baseplate and black PVD coating for the bridges endows the entire ultra-thin assembly with great rigidity and the precise surface flatness essential for perfect functioning of the gear train as well as stability of the movement.
The skeletonised baseplate and bridges were subjected to separate and extensive validation tests to ensure they met rigorous strength requirements.
Movement diameter: 33.00 mm
Thickness: 2.60 mm
Number of jewels: 29
Barrel arbour: AP 20 steel
Balance: Glucydur®, 4 arms, moment of inertia 5.75 mg•cm2, angle of lift 53°
Frequency: 21,600 vph (3 Hz)
Balance spring: Nivaflex®
Shock protection: INCABLOC 908.22.211.100 (transparent)
Escapement wheel jewels: Rubifix (transparent)
Two-position stem: Manual winding, hand setting