Tourbillon Split Seconds Competition Chronograph RM 056 Felipe Massa Saphire

Richard Mille 2012

Richard Mille: Tourbillon Chronograph Rm 056 Felipe Massa Saphir/2012

The RM 056 movement reproduces all the characteristics of the RMCC1 caliber, a manual winding tourbillon movement with hours, minutes, chronograph split seconds, power reserve, torque and function indicators.

A unique evolution of this tourbillon split seconds Chrono Competition RM 056 Felipe Massa is that its entire case -front bezel, caseband and back bezel- is cut and milled from solid blocks of sapphire, a feat of engineering and a strong visual statement. This is the first time that such a complex case design has been realized in this material. Sapphire is known as a particularly scratch-resistant material and one of the hardest materials on Earth, with a Mohs rating of 9.0. The cutting tools must be specially designed and tipped with diamond.