Richard Mille is known for creating exclusive high-tech F1 inspired luxury-sports watches. The new RM10 Titanium Black Skeleton is a perfect example, as it is a blend of sporty design and haute horology. Inside, the RM10 is equipped with an automatic manufacture movement, produced and assembled at the renowned AP Renaud and Papi factory, in Le Locle.
Parts of the skeleton movement have been treated with PVD for increased visual appeal and for added performance. Outside, the case is coated with a sporty high-tech black Diamond Like Carbon (DLC) coating. This coating not only looks great, it makes scratches virtually non-existent.
The bottom plate, balance cock and bridges are made of hand-ground grade 2 titanium, wet sandblasted and Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) treated for a cool black finish. The use of high grade 2 titanium and PVD coating not only offers a great visual contrast to the movement, it also gives great rigidity, as well as a precise surface flatness which is essential for the perfect functioning of the gear train.
The use of DLC and PVD for the case and movement is a great example of technology being used for both form and function. PVD and DLC adds a very appealing “black” appearance to the watch. And just as importantly, these coatings add to the functionality of the watch. By making the case scratch-resistant and by increasing the rigidity of the movement parts.
The RM005-S Calibre movement runs at 28,800 vph. Case is 48 mm x 39.30 mm x 13.84 mm. The sapphire crystal is 1.20 mm thick and has anti-reflective treatment on both sides. Power reserve is 55 hours. The strap is black rubber. Water-resistance is 100 meters.
The retail price is $73,675.