Richard Mille has released three new versions of its RM 022 Aerodyne Dual Time Zone timepiece in red, white, and blue that will be limited to just 10 pieces each and only be available in the Americas. When the RM 022 was first released in 2010, it was a true feat of innovation. The watch introduced radical new materials in watchmaking such as orthorhombic titanium aluminide alloy . . . got that?
It’s a material typically reserved for the aerospace industry and was developed by NASA to be used on the wings of supersonic aircraft. Richard Mille incorporated the honeycomb-patterned material into its RM 022 to add strength and torsional resistance to the tourbillon. The baseplate of the timepiece, shaped like an airplane’s aerodynamic V-shaped wing, also takes its cues from aviation.
The new RM 022 incorporates Quartz TPT, which creates flexibility in design through a special layering process of quartz fibres, into its front and back bezels. The case band is machined from Carbon TPT, which uses the same layering process as the quartz version but instead uses carbon fibres for ultimate durability. The white version of the RM 022 has front and back bezels that incorporate carbon fibres interspersed with quartz fibres to create a black-and-white-striped effect.