Richard Mille's "Tourbillon Aerodyne" Has a Baseplate That Can Withstand Temperatures of 995 °C

The watch costs $820,000 USD.

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Richard Mille has just unveiled a new case design with its RM 21-01 Tourbillon Aerodyne. Influenced by the world of aeronautics, this watch continues the brand’s quest in crafting watches that have incredible wrist presence, are lightweight and utilize some of the most advanced materials and technologies.

The RM 21-01 Tourbillon Aerodyne sees 5N red gold sandwiched in a Carbon TPT exoskeleton using 20 spline screws. This contrasts the vivid, precious metal with a cage-like technical material. The colors continue down to the baseplate where a PVD royal blue honeycomb structure made from HAYNES 214 can be found. This engineered alloy is made from nickel, chromium, aluminum and iron, and can often be found in combustion chambers as it is able to withstand temperatures of 995 °C — this means the baseplate is stiff, has a low thermal expansion, and is resistant to high levels of torque.

Equipped with a tourbillon, the RM 21-01 also sees grade 5 titanium bridges, a power-reserve indicator at 11 o’clock, a torque indicator at the one o’clock position, and the function selector at 4 o’clock. Limited to 50 pieces, the Richard Mille RM 21-01 retails for CHF 750,000 (approximately $820,000 USD).

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