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The RM 67-02 takes on a new playing field
with Alexander Zverev

Fernando Alonso & Alexis Pinturault

The Watch Quote™ - May 2nd, 2018

Richard Mille RM 67-02 Alexander Zverev

  • An automatic calibre able to handle any situation in top level sport
  • The 7th Richard Mille in-house calibre
  • A featherweight 32 grams with an included ‘comfort’ strap, it is the lightest automatic watch in the Richard Mille collection

Thin, lightweight, coloured, elegant and athletic, the RM 67-02 is the watch for any situation. Breaking with precedent, Richard Mille designed this model so that it can be adapted to various sporting disciplines. This is why several of the brand’s partners have had developed an RM 67-02 in the colours of their respective countries, so as to test the abilities of this automatic calibre in a range of settings beyond the athletics track. With the tennisman, Alexander Zverev, the RM 67-02 will now enter a new battlefield.

With Alexander now ranked no. 3 in the world, testing the resistance of his RM 67-02 in Carbon TPT® and red Quartz TPT® when faced with repeated accelerations, tennis courts around the globe will become natural laboratories.

Richard Mille RM 67-02 Alexis Pinturault

While the RM 67-02 issued to fellow brand partner Alexis Pinturault must withstand the harsh cold of the ski slopes and the shocks received against the gates, a variation designed for five-time World Rally champion, Sébastien Ogier, will join him along the varied stages of the Argentinian Rally. All of these models preserve the mechanical beauty of the CRMA7 calibre, combining the grade 5 titanium of the baseplate and bridges with the white gold and Carbon TPT® of the variable-geometry rotor, as well as the exceptional finishes. Beyond the comfort of the strap and the resistance of the case milled from TPT® composites, these watches boast aesthetically polished renditions of each sports figure’s flag, easily visible across the hand-painted grade 5 titanium dial. For superlative wearing enjoyment of the RM 67-02, Richard Mille has equipped these timepieces with their new ‘comfort’ strap. Entirely seamless, the strap is highly elastic, allowing it to perfectly fit the contours of each wrist, adapting to individual morphology.

Richard Mille RM 67-02 Fernando Alonso

Two unique prototypes of the RM 67-02 are currently touring the Formula 1 circuits. Worn by rookie Charles Leclerc and Fernando Alonso, they both allow the brand to test new technical solutions for its future models.

Richard Mille RM 67-02 Alexander Zverev



Renowned since the brand’s launch for the sur- passing technicity of its watches, Richard Mille is also known for gracing the wrists of great sports champions — Felipe Massa in Formula 1, Rafael Nadal and Alexander Zverev in tennis, Bubba Watson in golf, Alexis Pinturault on the ski slopes.
As early as 2013, the brand seized an opportunity to work with Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake on a tourbillon watch made of a carbon-nanotube composite featuring revolutionary ergonomics in the form of an asymmetrical shape. One leitmotif of Richard Mille since the very beginning has been opening horology to active collaboration with partners at the pinnacle of their respective disciplines, and the brand excels at combining technique with sportiness.



Among the over 70 models in the RM collection to date, there can be found a watch designed for regattas, and others specially produced for rally driver Sébastien Loeb, for instance, or polo player Pablo Mac Donough.
The RM 67-02 Automatic Alexander Zverev is faithful to this philosophy. For his latest addition, Richard Mille wished to update the extra-flat RM 67-01 by adding a sporty quality to its rare elegance. The development engineers were given a single directive to comply with: to create a watch that would guarantee, under all circumstances, the genuine ‘symbiosis’ between the sportsman and his watch which the demands he is subjected to by his sport practice render absolutely crucial. The celebrated formula ‘Less is more,’ appropriated by Mies van der Rohe to describe his ardent Minimalism, applies with perfect accuracy to the RM 67-02: the essential edges out all superfluity.



Case in carbon TPT® and case-band in red quartz TPT®
Quartz TPT® is composed of over 600 layers of parallel filaments obtained from separating silica threads. These layers, no thicker than 45 microns, are saturated in a red resin then inserted between layers using an automatic positioning system that changes the orientation of the fibre between each layer by 45°.

Gear teeth profile
The entire going train of the CRMA7 calibre utilises a special profiling for the teeth of the wheels that produces a 20° pressure angle. This provides an excellent transmission of torque to the balance wheel, thus ensuring superlative chronometric performance.

Calibre CRMA7
The seventh in-house designed Richard Mille calibre is machined in grade 5 titanium. Every aspect of this mechanism was subjected to separate and extensive validation tests to ensure optimal strength.



Dynamic case
These crenetions are characteristic of Richard Mille sports pieces distinguishing them from the lifestyle models while strengthening their structure.

Comfort strap
The brand developed this new elastic strap, known as a ‘comfort’ band, especially for watches worn by the sportsman of the Richard Mille family. It offers an alternative to Velcro® for even more lightness. The reinforced elasticity of this entirely seamless and non-slip strap allows it to perfectly fit the contours of each wrist, adapting to individual morphology, improving comfort even further.

There are hours and there are minutes. Its innovations lie elsewhere, largely in its lightness and resistance, achieved thanks to the significant means deployed in its production. The calibre is protected by a case made of Carbon TPT® and red Quartz TPT® -composite materials exclusive to Richard Mille—which ensures exceptional resistance to shocks despite the slim profile of the crystal/caseband/caseback assembly, a mere 7.80 mm thick.

At the heart of this watch, ready for every possible contingency of high-level tennis practice, beats the brand’s seventh in-house calibre, the CRMA7, with its especially taut, finely honed lines. The filigree rotor, crafted of Carbon TPT® and white gold drives the grade 5 titanium movement. The baseplate and bridges crafted in this material are given a black and grey DLC coating. Following the several hundred hours required to program and calibrate the machines, a minimum of two hours of milling is required to create the extreme skeletonisation of a single baseplate.

The teeth of its gears employ a highly original involute profiling that guarantees optimal transmission of power from the barrel to the variable-inertia balance wheel for the entirety of its 50-hour running time. The lines of the movement are complemented by the dial, which is machined from a sheet of titanium just four tenths of a millimetre thick, then finished with a black DLC coating and painted by hand in colours representing the sportsman’s native country.

The quest for extreme wearer comfort in the RM 67-02 is the driving force behind a new comfort band. No timepiece deserves the name ‘sports watch’ if its strap doesn’t meet the same requirements as its case. Entirely seamless, the non-slip and hyper elastic qualities of the strap allow it to perfectly fit each wrist by adapting to individual morphology. This strap’s unprecedented lightness made it possible to bring the weight of the RM 67-02 down to 32 grams, making it the lightest automatic watch in the Richard Mille collection.


The comfort strap, a real game changer

For Richard Mille, there is more to life than watches. There are also straps — as witness the latest of these, which completes the RM 67-02.

For over a decade, Richard Mille partners have amassed a stunning record of performances while wearing their watches, in no small part because these fit like a second skin. Also, the ergonomics and wearer comfort of watches remain a constant concern of the brand.

Since the brand first launched, sportsman have been at the heart of research and development efforts. The ergonomics of straps, how they are affixed to the case, and the materials used to > make them are all the subject of uncommon scrutiny, ensuring their ability to withstand the most punishing conditions. The first ever ‘bespoke’ watchband was designed for Felipe Massa, who wanted a rubber strap that would maximise air flow. The elegant design of this accessory—made of hypoallergenic material — presents wide louvers that echo and extend the lines of the case without jeopardising its 20-kilo mechanical resistance, and has proved a lasting success. A few years later, Rafa’s RM 027 was to receive a double-closure Velcro® strap. Flexible, comfortable and vibration resistant, its totally reliable closure enabled a customised fit. These qualities were to catch the attention of another Richard Mille partner, Formula 1 driver Romain Grosjean, as freeing him up to wear his watch outside his overalls.

The new comfort strap is Richard Mille’s response to all the high-level sportsman out there who feel they have a right to expect maximum comfort during their exertions. To meet this challenge, the engineers studied one of their key accessories: shoes. Lightness, support and the transmission of sensation — the footwear studies yielded precious information processed by Richard Mille to provide the innovation of this seamless woven bracelet which requires no buckle for closure. A special weave guarantees high elasticity, accommodating a wide range of movements. It also offers optimal breathability, avoiding any risk of slippage on the part of the watch subjected to intense forces. Lastly, it would be hard for a band to be lighter than this buckle-free strap reinforced with titanium
inserts at its joint with the case.

Rubber, polyurethane, Velcro® and more... every material used at Richard Mille is exhaustively scrutinised for its flexibility and reactions to temperature variations. We owe it to each of the champions we work alongside that, regardless of their discipline, we can guarantee the flexibility, comfort and hypoallergenic qualities of their watchbands.

Richard Mille RM 67-02 Automatic Alexander Zverev

Technical data




Calibre CRMA7: Automatic skeletonised winding movement with hours and minutes.

Dimensions: 38.70 x 47.52 x 7.80mm.


Main features

Power reserve: Circa 50 hours (±10%).

Baseplate and bridges in grade 5 titanium
Grade 5 titanium with black DLC treatment confers great rigidity on the baseplate, as well as precise surface flatness, which is essential for the perfect functioning of the gear train. The bridges are also in grade 5 titanium, with a grey DLC treatment. These components are satin-finished, microblasted and bevelled by hand.

The skeletonised baseplate and the bridges have been subjected to separate and extensive validation tests to ensure optimal strength.

Free-sprung balance with variable inertia
This mechanism guarantees greater reliability when subjected to shock, and during movement assembly or disassembly, hence better chronometric results over time. The regulator index is eliminated, and a more accurate and repeatable adjustment is possible, thanks to 4 small adjustable weights located directly on the balance.

Rotor in carbon TPT® and white gold
Relying on a rotor made of Carbon TPT® and white gold, combined with the OneWay® winding system, which has ceramic ball bearings, the barrel can be efficiently wound while maintaining the compact dimensions of an extra-flat, skeletonised movement.

Fast-rotating barrel (5 hours per revolution instead of 7.5 hours)
This type of barrel has the following advantages:
  • The phenomenon of periodic internal mainspring adhesion is significantly diminished, thereby increasing performance;
  • An excellent mainspring delta curve is achieved, with an ideal power reserve/performance and regularity ratio.

Gear teeth profile
The entire going train of the watch, the primary transmitter of power throughout the movement, utilises a special profile for the teeth of the wheels. Developed specifically for the calibre CRMA7, the wheels maintain a 20° pressure angle.

This system equalises any discrepancies that might arise between the centres of each wheel, for instance during thermal changes and normal use, and promotes an excellent transmission of torque to the balance wheel, thus supporting superior chronometric characteristics.

Spline screws in grade 5 titanium for the bridges
This permits better control of the torque applied to the screws during assembly. These screws are unaffected by physical manipulation during assembly or disassembly and age well.


Other features

  • Movement dimensions: 28.40 x 31.25
  • Thickness: 3.60 mm
  • Jewels: 25
  • Balance: CuBe, 4 arms, 4 setting screws
  • Inertia of moment 7.5 mg.cm2, angle of lift 50°
  • Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
  • Balance spring: AK3
  • Shock protection: INCABLOC 908.22.211.100 (transparent)

Case
The front and back bezels of the RM 67-02 are made from Quartz TPT®. This material, which possesses a remarkable damascene surface is composed of layers of parallel filaments obtained from separating silica threads.
Quartz fibres are generally used for very high-performance applications due to their resistance to high temperatures, their strength and their transparency to electromagnetic waves.
Fibres are aligned in layers no thicker than 45 microns and saturated in three new resins developed specially for Richard Mille: green and yellow for the Wayde van Niekerk version and crimson for the Mutaz Essa Barshim version. These layers are then stacked using an automatic positioning system that changes the orientation of the fibre between each layer by 45°. After being heated to 120°C and subjected to a pressure of 6 bars they are machined on a CNC machine at Richard Mille’s manufacturing facilities.

The caseband is machined from Carbon TPT®, a material produced using an identical process to Quartz TPT®, but from carbon threads.

The complete case construction is water-resistant to 30 metres thanks to two Nitril O-rings, and is assembled with 12 spline screws in grade 5 titanium and 316L stainless steel washers.

Spline screws in grade 5 titanium for the case
This permits better control of the torque applied to the screws during assembly. These screws are therefore unaffected by physical manipulation during assembly or disassembly and age well.

Upper flange
In carbon; index points filled with approved luminous material.

Dial
In grade 5 titanium, DLC treated and hand painted.
Thickness: 0.40mm

Crystal
Bezel side: in sapphire (1,800 Vickers) with anti-glare treatment (2 sides).
Thickness: 1.00 mm
Case back: in sapphire with anti-glare treatment (2 sides)
Thickness: at the centre 1.00 mm and outer edges 1.75 mm


Finishing

Movement
  • Microblasted anglage
  • Microblasted milled section
  • Microblasted sinks
  • Grey and black electroplasma treatment for the baseplate and the bridges

Steel parts
  • Satin-finished surfaces
  • Anglage hand polished
  • Hand-polished sinks
  • Burnished sections

Profile-turning
  • Lapped and polished ends
  • Burnished pivots
  • Post faces polished

Wheels
  • Concave chamfering with a diamond tool
  • Diamond-polished angles
  • Circular-finished faces
  • Rhodium plating (before cutting the teeth)

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