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2011 Top Ten Watches in the World Preview - Richard Mille Featured

The new luxury sport watch is equipped with an innovative tourbillon
by 06 December 2010

Richard Mille combines fine watchmaking and an elegant silhouette with the launch of its rectangular manual-wind, ultra-thin watch. Function, comfort, style - Richard Mille's new RM 017 Extra Flat has them all.

Just 8.7mm thick, the new Richard Mille tourbillon movement has a base plate which is made of Grand 2 titanium and black PVD coating. This not only makes it durable, but also provides a perfectly flat surface for the precise function of the gear train. The tourbillon cage's ceramic endstone is also long-wearing. The barrel pawl with progressive recoil guarantees zero risk of knocking the escapement. And when the crown is pulled out, a select mode like a car's gear is displayed at the 4 o'clock position: "W" for winding, "N" for neutral and "Hands" for hand setting. Talk about being user-friendly!

Developed together with the tourbillon, the case is a state-of-the-art piece which takes 202 separate machine operations to make. The design of its bezel, case middle and back are in line with the rigours of the modern movement. No less attention has been paid to the hand-finishings of the watch. Sleek, durable and perfect for extreme conditions, the RM 017 will be available in white gold, rose gold and platinum.

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