Richard Mille RM 50-03 – F1 technology meets watchmaking

We all know fake Richard Mille is a great watch maker – the unique case shape is probably one of the most recognizable in the entire watch industry.

When we talk about collectible and rare watches at The Collectors Circle, we definitely have to talk about Richard Mille’s RM 50-03 McLaren F1, as the luxury brand brings the perfection of watchmaking to life with this masterpiece.

Technological innovation and the constant quest for perfection and progress are the common denominators that connect McLaren and Richard Mille, which is why the two companies have teamed up to create the lightest mechanical chronograph ever built.

Created in collaboration with Formula 1 designers and engineers, the Richard Mille movement is a technological masterpiece with extraordinary mechanical power. The movement weighs only 7 grams and combines a tourbillon with a split-seconds chronograph. Including the wristband, the entire watch weighs less than 40 grams – no kidding! This is all thanks to F1 technology and the use of materials such as grade 5 titanium, carbon TPT and Graph TPT. With the infusion of these materials, Richard Mille entered a new level in watchmaking and was a pioneer in the use of raw materials other than gold, steel or platinum.

For example, Graph TPT is 6 times lighter than steel but 200 times more durable.

With RM 50-30, the brand elevates timekeeping to the highest technical art form. Well done Richard Miller! Collectors Circle expresses its gratitude for being a pioneer in the watch industry.

Hands On: Richard Mille RM50-03 McLaren F1

As the name suggests, this is a fairly complicated watch and it won’t be quick to explain.

What’s the deal with McLaren? What about F1? What does a second chronograph mean? What about the tourbillon?

We’ll take a quick look at the brand, then dive into the 50-03 to see what it’s like to wear a 38-gram watch (yes, you read that right: not pounds, not ounces, grams! Includes strap, lessons).

It’s easy to spot Richard Mille timepieces, and the tonneau case has always been a favorite of the brand and an exotic material. The first model was launched in 2001.

The brand’s goal is clear: to bring aero and F1 car performance in a watch. So, we understand why Mr. Miller decided to work with McLaren and the automotive world.

The first feeling of wearing it is “wow”.

The tonneau case gives a sturdy and heavy look, and we expected it to be heavy and annoying on the wrist. This watch is just the opposite: in addition to being incredibly comfortable, it’s like not wearing it at all.

You will be amazed when you wear such a lightweight Richard Mille for the first time.

Collectors around the world are debating the “weight factor”. Some people like to wear a fake watches for sale on their wrist and will be annoyed by such a light watch.

The first element that grabs our attention is the orange strap. It might seem trivial to start with the details of the strap, but we are ItalianWatchSpotter.

Not only the color, but also the ultra-light nylon without the buckle. Yes, the strap is elastic and doesn’t need to be opened, you just stretch it a bit and let it slide from your hand to your wrist.

There you have it, you’re wearing the world’s lightest split chronograph.

Now let’s move to the case

This material can only be innovative, Graph TPT®, an evolution of the classic Carbon TPT® infused with graphene. This nanomaterial has amazing properties: 6 times lighter than steel, but 200 times harder. The housing is made from 30 micron (0.03 mm) sheets that are glued and crossed together, then cut to final shape.

It measures 44.50mm x 49.65mm and measures 16.10mm thick. 1.5cm certainly doesn’t make this watch slim, but it’s not annoying.

The side pushrods are hollow, reminiscent of McLaren’s air intake design and aerodynamics.

The RM50-03 features a hand-wound tourbillon split-seconds chronograph with hour and 30-minute recorders, as well as power reserve, torque and function indicators.

This is a world record movement: weighing only 7 grams, it can handle up to 5000 grams.

Skeleton watches have always been attractive, but legibility isn’t always easy and quick. The red tones of the hour and minute hands are easy to distinguish. The minute hand of the chronograph is thinner and the hands are yellow and red.

At the 12 o’clock position, we can see two indicators, which may look the same at first glance. These functions are all related to movement operation: power reserve and torque indicator. On the left we find a small coloured arch from 70 to 10 showing how much power is left, while on the right we have the torque indicator showing the tension of the spring in the barrel. This is Richard Mille’s remarkable complication since its first release in 2001: the RM001.

For us, the best are details that are imperceptible to the untrained eye. They are our mission.
A function indicator might be of little use, but it comes in handy in such a complicated watch.

It’s easy to explain: there are three letters, WNH. A small arrow shows one of them, telling us where the crown is.

“W” for winding, “N” for neutral (when wearing the watch), and “H” for hand setting.

After the details, our favorite is the possibility of customizing the watch, and Richard Mille has us (partially) satisfied. The 50-03 was born with the red crown and details, but this is only a prototype. To connect more with McLaren, the final version is orange.

The only remaining customization is the strap, which is available in nylon (black or orange) or rubber (black only).

Richard Mille RM 35-03 Automatic Rafael Nadal

Richard Mille today launched the RM 35-03 self-winding Rafael Nadal watch, which is the fourth watch in the RM 035 series designed specifically for this famous Spanish tennis player.

Even if Rafa is used to wearing the RM 027 series tourbillon watch (such as RM 27-04) on the tennis court, the RM 035 series of timepieces are technically condensed.

In fact, the new model introduces a patented innovation, which is the result of our three-year development, namely the butterfly rotor that we will explain later in the article.

The new RM 35-03 self-winding Rafael Nadal measures 43.15 mm x 49.95 mm and has a thickness of 13.15 mm. There are two styles: white quartz TPT and carbon fiber TPT strap with carbon fiber TPT or blue quartz TPT strap with white quartz TPT .

Carbon fiber TPT and quartz TPT are composed of multiple layers of parallel filaments, which are obtained by separating carbon fibers or silica threads. Their surfaces show always different stripes, making the appearance of each model truly unique.

Although the RM 35-02 model already has a variable geometry rotor-the iconic component of the Richard Mille automatic movement-the new butterfly rotor of the RM 35-03 allows the wearer to directly interact with the geometry of the rotor. The winding speed is controlled at the lifestyle and activity level, which is equally interesting and practical for complications.

The butterfly-shaped oscillating weight of the skeletonized self-winding RMAL2 movement consists of two grade 5 titanium and metal counterweights. In the initial position, the counterweight causes a radial displacement of the center of gravity, which generates the necessary torque to wind the barrel.

By applying a simple pressure on the button at 7 o’clock, the gear train dedicated to the rotor unfolds the two counterweights to 180°. Then the center of gravity returns to the center to balance the rotor, stop the winding process, and over-wind the chain during sports activities.

By applying pressure to the pusher again, the rotor will work and wind the movement. replica Richard Mille RM 35-03

Beating at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations (4 Hz) per hour, the free-spring balance wheel with variable inertia ensures greater reliability in the event of shocks and during assembly and disassembly of the movement, thereby providing more change over time Good timing result. Due to the 4 small adjustable weights directly on the balance, no regulator indicator is required, allowing more accurate and repeatable adjustments.

The dual barrel system guarantees a 55-hour power reserve, helping to maintain torque stability for a longer period of time. This is achieved by distributing stored energy to the two barrels, equalizing torque, and reducing friction on bearings and pivots, thereby improving long-term performance.

The button at 2 o’clock allows you to select the winding (W), neutral (N) and time setting (H) functions with one touch. The hand at 2 o’clock shows the selected function. The crown is made of grade 5 titanium and carbon TPT with a rubber O-ring seal. fashion watches

Urwerk UR-105 CT Streamliner

Urwerk UR-105 CT Streamliner is Martin Frei and Felix Baumgartner’s way of celebrating the 20th anniversary of their carefully nurtured brand. So if the watch reminds you of some other Urwerks from the past two decades, then you are right.

We started with UR-103.01, which is a super stylish watch with slender vertical lines on the shield. This is also the first watch made in the iconic shape that we now associate with Urwerk without hesitation.

The thing is-and this is why so many modern watches have transparent backs-when people are attracted by what Martin and Felix do for the first time, they want to see the magic of this mechanism and make Urwerk The taste of roaming time becomes possible. The concept of satellite time turning on the carousel.

But, of course, in UR-103.01, its beautifully made shield hides its mechanical devices. Therefore, in late 2005, Martin and Felix continued to create UR-103.03, in which they pulled back the well-known-and literally-shroud, revealing the hidden hour satellites and the four-claw carousel that fixed them. .

It was not until later in 2006 that Urwerk tried to launch a completely open top watch: UR-201. There is no shroud here, only a transparent sapphire crystal glass, most of the mechanical devices of the watch are exposed, which is amazing. For UR-103, we did not receive the same treatment until UR-103T was released in 2008.

To commemorate their 20th anniversary, creating a watch that can trace its must-go journey—from the UR-103.01 in 2003 to the increasingly bold watchmaking industry today—sounds like a daunting task. But you better believe that this is exactly what UR-105 CT Streamliner can do.

First, in its static state, it is very reminiscent of UR-103.01-although it is a more aggressive version with the same vertical lines on the front, they are deeper and wider.

Then you will notice this grooved part of the shield, almost like what you see on the battery box buckle on an electronic device. That is why, you will have to touch it. Press this switch lightly, and the hood will pop out like the hood of a car, exposing the engine inside.

The engine on the UR-105 CT Streamliner-the movement-is usually based on the typical Urwerk caliber, but has some major new features. You can now see the power reserve indicator and running seconds next to the minute track. However, if you are worried that the wandering satellite will cover the power reserve indicator and the number of running seconds as it passes by, don’t worry-the satellite has been skeletonized to solve this problem. When these technical solutions finally increase the overall beauty of the watch, you will love it.

If you ask Martin and Felix about the UR-105 CT Streamliner, they will say that they have put a lot of the city where copy Urwerk was born in their watch: New York City.

In early 1997, Martin had just graduated from the Lucerne School of Art and Design and moved to the Big Apple. When Felix was still in Geneva, these two friends created Urwerk and launched their first watches, UR-101 and UR-102.

As popular as these watches, Urwerk’s early days were also difficult. With doubts and concerns about the brand’s future, Felix decided to join Martin in New York, hoping to get close to each other and find new vitality and inspiration for their next watch. This fake watch is under a lot of pressure, because in any case, it will determine their fate.

Look, about five years later, New York finally became their biggest source of inspiration, which gave birth to UR-103.01. The rest is history-although only 20 years of value, there will be more in the future.

Technical specifications: URWERK UR-105 CT Streamliner
Automatic winding UR 5.03, the system is controlled by twin turbines; walking hours with minutes, digital seconds and power reserve indicator; 48 hours power reserve

UR-105 CT titanium and mirror polished steel or black titanium and PVD ​​coated steel; width 39.5mm; length: 53mm; thickness: 17.3mm; waterproof depth up to 30m

Astronomical clarity platinum

Astronomia is the epitome of ultra-high-end watchmaking in the 21st century, and is also a globally recognized symbol of Jacob & Co’s watchmaking expertise. With its unprecedented bold concept and full mechanical structure, Astronomia is the world’s first, surpassing the impressive horological achievements, and is regarded as an outstanding interdisciplinary engineering achievement.

Astronomia Clarity highlights the essence of Astronomia in the purest way: it presents this unparalleled cinematic sculpture through the unrestricted use of sapphire crystal (including the entire case back), while retaining the original Astronomia iconic 18K gold case frame. Its four-arm movement rotates and floats in this sapphire-bound space, finished and meticulously crafted, which can be appreciated from all angles. Astronomia Clarity is full of unique watchmaking solutions and adopts the best fine processing technology of high-end watches, which has won its reputation as a unique symbol in the field of high-end watches.

Exclusive astronomical movement
The four arms of Astronomia Clarity have a three-axis tourbillon chronograph organ with a watch, a hand-painted blue magnesium globe to present a spectacular view of the earth, and a unique Jacob-Cut® 1 carat diamond with 288 facets and different levels The hollow time display. This four-arm assembly can complete the rotation around the center of the watch in 10 minutes, surrounded by an anti-reflective sapphire crystal window. Another amazing feature of Astronomia Clarity is how each pair of opposed arms perfectly calculates each other’s counterweight-a testament to the unparalleled material engineering and watch movement design. By having the same weight on these opposing arms, its shaft can reduce strain and increased tension because the movement takes up different directions in space.

Three-axis tourbillon
The tourbillon was originally invented as a single-axis rotating frame, used to carry the adjustment mechanism of a mechanical pocket watch to improve timing performance, and Astronomia Clarity brought this 224-year-old invention to an amazing level of modern sophistication and complexity.

The three-axis tourbillon of Astronomia Clarity is at the forefront of modern watchmaking. The beautifully decorated frame of the three-axis tourbillon encapsulates the balance wheel, hairspring, escape wheel and many other vital components. This excellent tourbillon features its hollow frame, which rotates on three axes at the same time. It is a set of meticulously crafted components that have been skillfully assembled and fine-tuned to enable JCAM24 to maintain accurate time in its 60-hour power reserve. Jacob & Co. cheap watches

It takes 60 seconds for the first axis to fully rotate, which is a tribute to the traditional single-axis tourbillon. The second axis of rotation takes 2.5 minutes to complete, and the third axis of rotation is achieved by the 10-minute four-arm rotation of the entire movement assembly of Astronomia Clarity. When designing with cutting-edge ultra-modern technology and timeless horological traditions, this gives people a bold new view of how the tourbillon works.

288 Faceted Jacobian Cut Diamonds
The Jacob-Cut diamond was originally a larger rough diamond. First of all, you must find a rough diamond that is large enough. The purity, clarity and color must be the highest quality inside and outside, without any inclusions. If they start cutting the diamond and find inclusions, the entire diamond will be destroyed.

Next, the diamond is cut by a machine into a round shape close to the final diamond in size.

Then, the gem cutter shapes the gems by hand, cutting each individual facet (288). This must be done slowly and carefully, because the stone must be perfectly round and symmetrical. The danger is that the stone will become rectangular instead of round. To be used in the Astronomia series, the Jacob cut diamond must be completely round and weigh exactly the same as the other three satellites (time display, three-axis tourbillon, and magnesium globe).

During this process, if the gem cutter applies a little too much pressure when adding facets, too many diamonds will be cut, and the ball will eventually be smaller than the required diameter. The cutting process requires at least two weeks of concentration and hard work.

To make the final 1-carat Jacobs cut diamond, with 288 facets, more than half of the initial rough diamond will be cut.

The complexity of hand-cutting 288 facets and ensuring that everything is symmetrical and that the diamond is absolutely round is what makes the Jacob & Co. diamonds used in the Astronomy series so special.

Magnesium Earth

The globe is made of blue lacquered magnesium alloy with rose gold continents to ensure weight consistency, as all four satellites must have exactly the same weight. The earth rotates in 30 seconds and revolves around the dial in 10 minutes.

Case and crystal
Astronomia Clarity’s case has a diameter of 50 mm and a thickness of 25.45 mm, between the highest point of its particularly curved front sapphire crystal and the lowest point of the case. The Clarity case is made of 18K white gold and sapphire crystal, and the top and case back add to the viewing experience-you can enjoy the spectacular movement inside without hindrance. replica watches review

Dial and hands
Astronomia Clarity’s time display sub-dial is driven by a very small differential system. When it rotates with the four-arm platform of the movement across the front of Astronomia, it always remains level and clear. The Roman numerals on the hollow dial are hand-engraved and filled with black lacquer, while the hand-finished hands are presented in gun-blue metal.

At first glance:
Iconic gravity three-axis tourbillon

50 mm 18K white gold and sapphire crystal Clarity case, sapphire crystal case back

All four satellites keep turning their dials for 10 minutes

Turn 288 Jacob cut diamonds in 30 seconds

Magnesium ball rotates in 30 seconds

The unique differential always keeps the time displayed in the correct 12/6 direction, no matter where it rotates

Arched and curved anti-reflective sapphire crystal

Unique crownless design; wrap and set a pull-out bow on the back of the watch



Movement: Manufacture Jacob&Co. Manual Winding JCAM12; Diameter: 40mm; Height: 17.15mm; Material: Titanium; Sapphire Barrel Bridge; Components: 365; Power Reserve: 60-Hours; Frequency: 21’600 vib/h (3 Hz); Jewels: 42; System: Gravitational Triple Axis Tourbillon; Finishing: Plate and Bridges: Hand Angled and Polished, Flank Draw, Circular Graining, Polished Sink, One Sapphire Bridge; Polished Screws; Barrel: Circular Graining; Pinions: Conical Pinions; 4 Mechanical Ball Bearing Devices; Flat Balance Spring.

Functions: Hours, Minutes Dial Rotating in 10 minutes on the Central Axis, Patented Differential Gears System; Spherical 288 Facets Jacob-Cut White Diamond, Weight: 1 carat; rotating in 30 seconds on 2 axes; Magnesium Lacquered Globe Rotating in 30 seconds on 2 axes; Gravitational Tourbillon Cage Rotating on 3 axes: 1st Axis: in 60 seconds, 2nd Axis: in 2.5 minutes, 3rd Axis: Central Axe in 10 minutes

Case: 50mm; Thickness: 25.45mm; Material: 18K White Gold; Sapphire with Double Anti-reflective Treatment; Case Back: Sapphire with Double Anti-reflective Treatment Gold Metallisation; Bows: Winding and Time-Setting via 18K White Gold; Lugs: 80 Baguette White Diamonds Invisibly Set (≈ 6.10 ct.); Crystal: Unique Domed Sapphire with Anti-reflective Treatment; Water resistance: 30m.

Dial & Hands: Dial: Titanium Dial, Polished and Angled, Lacquered Indexes; Hands: Hand Finished Blue.

Strap & Clasp: Alligator; Clasp: 18K White Gold Folding Buckle.Total Carat Weight: 80 Baguette White Diamonds (≈ 6.10 ct.).