Richard Mille Tourbillon RM 56-02 Sapphire to be officially launched at Watches & Wonders

The RM 56-02 Sapphire Tourbillon, a cutting-edge expression of horological transparency has been created expressly by Richard Mille for the 2014 edition of the Watches & Wonders event in Hong Kong, this Fall.

RM 56-02 Sapphire Tourbillon and its new movement take cues from the mechanical architecture of the RM 27-01 Rafael Nadal and its cable suspended movement. By incorporating this cabled movement design within a world of transparent sapphire, an ultimate expression of weightlessness and transparency is evoked within the world of extreme horology.

In this fashion the baseplate of the RM 56-02, created from grade 5 titanium, is entirely suspended within the sapphire watchcase by specially developed single braided cable of only 0.35mm thickness, woven within a system of 4 pulleys on posts at the movement’s corners and another 6 pulleys placed along the movement’s periphery. The tension of the cable is perfectly controlled by a miniature ratchet at 9 o’clock. This entire cable unit is attached to a separate indicator located below 12 o’clock allowing an easy visual inspection of the cable tension, to ensure that it is always operating within the designated norms.

The RM 56-02 will be released in a limited edition of 10 examples worldwide.

Richard Mille RM 56-02 Sapphire Tourbillon for Watches & Wonders 2014