Richard Mille RM 11-05 automatic flyback timing GMT
Richard Mille fake watches have become a star of contemporary watchmaking with the continuous innovation of their unusual lightweight materials, and their unique style can be immediately recognized. RM 11 is the best-selling product and can be said to be the iconic watch of the brand. It is large and beautiful, and has entered the fifth generation.
The RM 11-05 automatic flyback timing GMT is the latest product to join the RM 11 series. The series was first launched in more than a decade, but it is often refurbished. The RM 11-05 is limited to 140 pieces and uses the same RMAC3 movement as its predecessor. It continues Richard Mille’s material-centric design and gray cermet case.
Richard Mille’s watches are not inferior, and often extravagant. RM 11-05 follows this formula and can be identified immediately. Compared with the previous RM 11 variant, it is a moderate incremental change, so it does not provide substantial novelty. But for fans of the brand and its trademark style, this is largely the appearance of the traditional Richard Mille.
Mixed metals and ceramics
The RM 11-05 case material is novel-surprisingly, the brand seems to have used all possible modern materials-the gray cermet case, which is the first Richard Mille case. Cermet is the shrinkage of ceramic and metal, and is a composite material of ceramic and metal alloy. The resulting material combines the characteristics of the two.
Cermets are more commonly used for bulletproof and aerospace components. Although this material has been used in the watch industry before-such as the Cermet Royal Oak Skeleton and Seiko Marinemaster 1000m Cermet cover-it is still rare.
The cermet used in the watch case is a metal zirconium matrix mixed with ceramic. It turns out that the physical properties of the two materials, heated and pressurized, are different, which is a challenge. Richard Mille (Richard Mille) and the French micro-engineering expert IMI Group have worked together for many years to create a cermet case.
The result is a combination of the characteristics of titanium and ceramics. It is extremely light, with a mass-to-volume ratio of 4.1 g/cm3, and has a Vickers hardness of 2,360. From a hardness point of view, the Vickers hardness of diamonds is 2,400.
The cermet case is brushed and dark gray, but bright orange and light blue are used as the background color throughout the watch, which contrasts sharply with the gray cermet. The result is absolute movement, which attracts your attention, which is very consistent with the style of the brand. Interestingly, the color scheme reminds me of the blue-orange finish of the Ford GT40, which won Le Mans in 1968.
Although the material is new, the shape of the case is a classic wine barrel. This silhouette has become synonymous with Richard Mille. 42.7 mm wide, 50 mm long, and 16.15 mm high, it definitely has a wrist feel.
However, just like the characteristics of Richard Mille’s case design, despite its large size, the watch can still be worn well due to its light weight and obvious curvature commensurate with the wrist. .
The dial also maintains the usual appearance of Richard Mille (Richard Mille). The calendar and timing modules are fully visible, almost at a glance, but the bright colors and bold hands make the display easily recognizable.
RM 11-05 is equipped with RMAC3, which is the main pillar of the brand’s movement products. It is manufactured by Parmigiani’s sister company, Vaucher, and is an automatic movement with a power reserve of 50 hours.
It is worth noting that the movement has a flyback chronograph function, which means that the chronograph can be reset while it is running without having to stop it first. In addition, it has a second time zone display and annual calendar. The movement has a modular structure, which means that the complication modules for the chronograph and calendar are located on top of the automatic movement, which is why most of the mechanical devices are visible under the dial.
The beauty of Richard Mille is very obvious, with a hollow bottom plate and black-coated titanium alloy bridges and the brand’s proprietary “variable geometry” rotor.
Adjustable “wings” can be set in six positions to change the inertia and speed of the rotor to optimize the winding speed of the mainspring relative to the wearer’s activity.
Richard Mille RM 11-05 Automatic Flyback Chronograph GMT
Diameter: 42.70 mm
Thickness: 16.15 mm
Water resistance: 50 m
Functions: hours, minutes, seconds, date, month, GMT and flyback chronograph
Frequency: 28,800 beats per hour (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 50 hours
Strap: Carbon TPT