Richard Mille - The 2021 New York Watch Auction New York Saturday, December 11, 2021 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Richard Mille
    Year: 2012
    Reference No: RM022 AM CA
    Movement No: No. 082
    Case No: No. 04/05
    Model Name: Tourbillon “Aerodyne” Dual Time Zone
    Material: Composite nanofiber carbon, orthorhombic honeycombed titanium aluminide
    Calibre: Manual, cal. RM022, 28 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Rubber Richard Mille strap
    Clasp/Buckle: Titanium Richard Mille double deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, strap, and buckle signed.
    Accessories: Accompanied by a Richard Mille Certificate of Authenticity, and presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Richard Mille announced his first watch, the RM001 Tourbillon, in 2000 and has ever since remained true to three key concepts, which helped redefine modern horology: the best technical innovations, the best artistry and architecture, combined with the best traditional watchmaking craftsmanship. Mille sought to create wristwatches that were 21st century masterpieces, employing cutting edge materials and techniques, but remaining steeped in traditional Swiss watchmaking. Two industries influencing his designs were motorsports and the aerospace industry.

    The RM022 manually-wound dual time tourbillon is a feat of engineering and technology with a case created from carbon nanotubes injected in to a black polymer. The result is an extremely durable material and 200 times stronger than steel, while at the same time being very light. This material allows the case to better absorb impacts, and demonstrated Mille’s commitment to innovative techniques in horology. The case of this limited edition model measures 50mm x 40mm x 16.15mm - slightly larger and with more presence than the standard RM022 model.

    The dial is futuristic as well made from a new alloy, orthorhombic titanium alluminides, which has been formed into a honeycomb structure. The material was tested by NASA for use on supersonic aircraft wings due to it resistance to high temperatures and torsion. Prominently displayed between the 3 and 4 o’clock hour markers, the function of the crown is changed through a coaxial button, similar to a gearbox, where the crown can be set to H (Hands) to adjust the time, N (Neutral) normal or unengaged, and W (Winding) for winding. The torque indicator runs between 0 and 65 with a red indicator, a reading below 53dNmm indicates the mainspring is too slack and over 65dNmm indicating excessive tension on the mainspring.

    Produced in only five examples, Richard Mille’s RM022 is a sleek aerodynamic timepiece that showcases the brand’s drive to create 21st century wristwatches with a contemporary aesthetic, made from some of the most futuristic materials available. The present lot is in like-new condition, and may have only been worn on one or two occasions.

  • Artist Biography

    Richard Mille

    Swiss • 1999

    Established in 1999, Richard Mille's ultra-modern timepieces combine cutting-edge materials from high performance worlds such as Formula 1 racecars with high-end traditional watchmaking. The brand's revolutionary designs, technical breakthroughs and exceptional hand-finishing excite even the most discriminating collectors, and have positioned Richard Mille alongside the top makers of the modern luxury watch world.

    Innovative watches, such as the RM 027 Tourbillon, which was the world’s lightest mechanical watch when introduced in 2011, have helped the brand invert the concept of the luxury watch. Key models include the RM 009 Tourbillon cased in Aluminum Silicon Carbide (AlSiC), the RM 027-02 Tourbillon made for tennis star Rafael Nadal with a case made from quartz and carbon fiber and the RM 008 split seconds chronograph.

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Ref. RM022 AM CA
A very rare and highly attractive limited edition skeletonized carbon dual time tourbillon wristwatch with torque, power reserve and function indicators, with Certificate of Authenticity, and presentation box

40mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement, strap, and buckle signed.

$250,000 - 500,000 

Sold for $1,179,500

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The 2021 New York Watch Auction

New York Auction 11 - 12 December 2021