Richard Mille Automatic RM 030 with Declutchable Rotor
Next week RM will present its new Richard Mille RM 030 automatic watch with declutchable rotor.
Designed to slow-down the process of wearing out of the self-winding mechanism, the declutchable rotor is what it is: a rotor that declutches automatically from the winding barrel as soon as the estimated power reserve reaches the 50-hour mark.
When the amount of stored energy drops below forty hours, the rotor re-engages the winding barrel and again starts to pump it up with power.
An owner will always be able to see whether the watch is winding or not thanks to a special “on/off” indicator positioned at 12 o’clock.
A power reserve indicator at 9 o’clock makes living with the system even more comfortable.
All these features come courtesy of Richard Mille’s new Caliber RMAR1 automatic movement.
Featuring a double-barrel design, the movement is heavily skeletonized, like almost all recent engines from the Swiss watchmaking brand.
The tonneau-shaped movement is secured inside a large case of the same shape.
Being 50 mm in height and 42.7 mm in width, the watch is also 13.95 mm thick, which makes it live to its name: “tonneau” term is often referred to the huge oak barrels used in winemaking.
As it is common for Richard Mille watches, the RM 030 offers a dial, which is busy with details and is not particularly legible.
Of course, you can always tell current time, but the “interface” looks messy and not particularly user-friendly.
Well, it is still a nice watch if you are looking for a timepiece that everybody would notice.
Photos: Richard Mille
Richard Mille RM 030 Automatic Declutchable Rotor watch specification
Movement: Automatic, caliber RMAR1, double-barrel, 40 jewels, 28,800 vph, skeletonized, declutchable winding rotor, 30.25 mm in length, 28.45 mm in width, 5.59 mm in height, Swiss Made
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, power reserve indicator, winding indicator
Power reserve: 50 hours
Case material: Rose gold, White gold, or Titanium (pictured)
Bezel material: Rose gold, White gold, or Titanium
Case shape: Tonneau
Bezel shape: Tonneau
Case size: 50.00 mm x 42.70 mm
Lug width: N/A
Case height: 13.95 mm
Dial: Grey, skeletonized
Hands: Steel, open-worked
Water resistance: 50 meters
Strap: Black rubber
Case back: Sapphire
Tags: 30 m, 50 mm, Automatic, date, declutchable rotor, power reserve, Richard Mille, RM 030, RMAR1, rose gold, SIHH 2011, skeletonized, Titanium, white gold