When veteran watch maker Richard Mille first introduced his RM 056 Sapphire Tourbillon Split Seconds Chronograph to the world three years ago, the design created a paradigm shift within the world of horology. While others have tried before, Mille and his team were the only ones succeed in assembling a timepiece out of pure sapphire, the third hardness mineral known to men.
Following last year’s RM 56-01 Sapphire Tourbillon Watch, Mille will be showcasing his “mastery at the impossible” once again with the RM 56-02 Sapphire Tourbillon Watch. Made specifically for the Watches & Wonders showcase in Hong Kong, the Richard Mille RM 56-02 Sapphire Tourbillon features a similar movement to that on the RM 27-01 Rafael Nadal. However, because sapphire’s hardness, watchmakers had to continuous shape the crystal non-stop for a total of 960 hours just to produce one case. Unlike that on the RM 56-01 with its sapphire baseplate, artisans at Richard Mille actually suspended one within the RM 56-02. Held in mid-air by a network of 10 pulley and a cable no thick than 0.35mm, the grade 5 titanium features all the intricate movement Mille is known for. To complement the watch’s transparency, artisans match it with a translucent strap made from Aerospace Nano by chemical specialist Biwi SA.
Virtually scratch resistant and waterproof up to 30 meters, Richard Mille will produce only 10 examples of the RM 56-02 Sapphire Tourbillon Watch, each with the price tag of $2,020,000 USD.