Richard Mille RM 35-03 Rafael Nadal and the new butterfly effect rotor

Inspired by the RM 027 tourbillon watch worn by Rafa Nadal on the tennis court, the new Richard Mille RM 035 “Baby Nadal” series is designed to provide technical enrichment for anyone who pursues performance. The new RM 35-03 self-winding Rafael Nadal watch is the fourth timepiece in the series. It occupies a place in this noble product series. It brings a patented innovation, the butterfly rotor.

After three full years of research and development, Richard Mille launched this new movement winding system in RM 35-03, which spreads its wings like a butterfly. Although the Calibre RMAL1 of RM 35-02 already has a variable geometry rotor-the iconic part of the Richard Mille automatic movement-the new butterfly rotor of RM 35-03 allows the wearer to directly interact with the geometry of the rotor and control The winding speed of the movement based on lifestyle and activity level achieves interesting and practical complications in the same way.

The butterfly rotor is composed of two 5-level titanium alloy arms. Heavy metal counterweight sections are installed on the arms, which are activated by a separate gear train via a dedicated button. In their initial position, the counterweights will produce an outward radial displacement of the center of gravity, transforming every movement of the wearer into the torque required to rewind the barrel.

When switching between modes-from the normal mode of winding the barrel spring to the “sports mode” of suspending rotor activity-the pressure on the button prompts the function to provide tactile feedback, allowing the wearer to really feel the bounce of the weight segment on them Separate the wrists. The winding indicator at 6 o’clock on the dial shows whether the pendulum is active-on or off. The rounded movement command is a function selector. Rafa Nadal replica watch

Press the button at 2 o’clock, and the user can switch between winding “W”, neutral “N” and time setting “H” activities. However, by pressing the button at the 7 o’clock position, the gear of the rotor disperses the two counterweights at a 180° angle. The center of gravity is aligned, the oscillating weight returns to the equilibrium position, and the winding process is suspended, thereby preventing the movement from overwinding.

“Previously, any modification to the rotor geometry needed to be done by one of our licensed watchmakers. We want to perfect the system so that the wearer can directly affect the winding speed of the watch. It’s like the driver can activate The sport mode is used to adjust the transmission method from urban use to the track,” explained Salvador Arbona, Sports Technology Director.

The RM 35-03 series is elegant and ergonomic. There are two versions-blue quartz TPT with white quartz TPT case, white quartz TPT and carbon fiber TPT with carbon fiber TPT case.

The movement is completely hollow, and the front and back are inlaid with sapphire crystals. The movement can be admired from both sides. The bottom plate and plywood are made of grade 5 titanium and are treated with gray plasma and PVD ​​to further highlight the eye-catching visual effect of this watch.

“In our respective fields, we all strive for excellence. We speak the same language, Richard and I. We are all passionate about our work. Keeping this flame of passion for what we do every day comes to me It’s very important to say. Although I didn’t wear the RM 035 model in the competition, it was heartwarming to feel the confidence he and the team showed in allowing me to participate in this bizarre adventure.”-Rafa· Nadal.

The science behind the world’s lightest graphene watch

The new report details the collaboration between Richard Mille, McLaren and the National Graphene Institute

In January 2017, the world’s lightest mechanical chronograph was unveiled in Geneva, Switzerland, demonstrating the development of innovative composite materials using graphene.

The research behind the project has now been published. This unique precision design watch is the result of a collaboration between Manchester University, Richard Mille Watches and McLaren Applied.

The RM 50-03 watch is made of a unique graphene composite material. The strong and lightweight new case houses the watch device, and the total weight including the strap is only 40 grams.

This cooperation is an excellent project to explore the correct arrangement of graphene in composite materials to make full use of the highest performance of the mechanical stiffness and strength of the two-dimensional material without adding other heavier materials.

Now, the research behind this unique fake watch has been published in the “Composite Materials Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing” magazine. This work was mainly carried out by a team of researchers from the National Graphene Institute at the University of Manchester.

Professor Robert Young, who led the research, said: “In this work, the mechanical properties of unidirectional reinforced carbon fiber composites have been significantly enhanced by adding only a small amount of graphene to the matrix.

“This may have a future impact on the precision engineering industry, where strength, rigidity and product weight are key issues such as aerospace and automotive.”

Adding a small amount of graphene to the carbon fiber composite material aims to improve stiffness and reduce weight by reducing the overall material usage. Because graphene has high stiffness and strength, its use as a reinforcing material for polymer composites shows great potential for further improving the mechanical properties of composite materials.

The end result is that only 2% by weight of graphene is added to the epoxy resin. The graphene and carbon fiber composite materials obtained are then analyzed through tensile testing, and the mechanism is mainly revealed by using Raman spectroscopy and X-ray CT scanning.

The benefits of this research demonstrate a simple method that can be incorporated into existing industrial processes, enabling the engineering industry to benefit from the mechanical properties of graphene, such as the manufacture of airplane wings or the body of high-performance cars. Richard Mille cheap

The research team found that the addition of graphene significantly improved tensile stiffness and strength compared with carbon fiber equivalent samples. This happens when graphene is dispersed in the material and aligned along the fiber direction.

Dr. Zheling Li, a researcher at the University of Manchester, said: “This study proposes a method to improve the axial stiffness and strength of composite materials through simple conventional processing methods, and clarifies the mechanism that leads to this enhancement.”

Richard Mille’s Aurèle Vuilleumier R&D Manager said: “This project is a perfect example of technology transfer from university to product. The collaboration with McLaren Applied allows graphene-reinforced composites to spread widely in the industry. As a tangible result, for our The customer provided a world record light and robust watch: RM 50-03.”

Dr. Broderick Coburn, senior mechanical design engineer at McLaren Applied, said: “The potential of graphene to enhance the structural properties of composites has been known and has been proven on a laboratory scale for some time. Although this application is niche, it is a A good example. These structural advantages make it a prepreg and then into the actual product.”

The University of Manchester will soon celebrate the opening of its second world-class graphene facility, the Graphene Engineering Innovation Center (GEIC), which will open later this year. GEIC will allow the industry to work with academic expertise, transform research into prototypes and trial production, and accelerate the commercialization of graphene.

Patek Philippe-Ref. 6002R-001 Sky Moon Tourbillon Haut Artisanat

After we launched the Reference 5374G three-question perpetual calendar yesterday, today we focus on introducing another timepiece in the “rare handicrafts” series launched by Patek Philippe this week, the Haut Artisanat Ref. 6002R-001.

Ref. was launched in 2001. The 5002 Sky Moon Tourbillon remains Patek Philippe’s second-complex watch and one of the most respected large-scale complications by collectors.

From 2013 to 2016, two more versions were created: a white gold case with blue enamel dial (6002G-001) and a white gold case with black enamel (6002G-010).

In the latest version of this double-sided watch, the warm tones of rose gold complement the brown Grand Feu enamel.

The periphery of the dial, the moon phase window and the moon on the rotating disc are all made of hollow enamel. Through this technique, the gold dial is hollowed out by hand according to the selected contour, and then the groove is filled with enamel compound by hand. Between each coating, the dial is fired at an extremely high temperature of 850°C.

The center of the dial is decorated with grand flame cloisonné enamel, made of thin flat gold thread.

The 44 mm x 17.35 mm case, crown, chime rail and folding clasp are all hand-engraved with volutes and arabesque patterns. It takes more than 100 hours of working time to complete this process.

The Sky Moon Tourbillon combines 12 complications, including a tourbillon and a minute repeater that strikes the cathedral gong. On the front dial, we found a perpetual calendar with retrograde date, moon phase display and leap year cycle.

On the other hand, we have an amazing picture of the celestial body: three overlapping discs move on different, accurately calculated trajectories to reproduce the apparent motion of the moon and stars as seen from the northern hemisphere.

The manual winding Calibre R TO 27 QR SID LUCL composed of 705 parts beats at a frequency of 3 Hz (21,600 vibrations per hour) and has a power reserve of 38 to 48 hours. The watch is moisture-proof and dust-proof, but not waterproof.

Replace reference. The new Patek Philippe Ref. 6002G-010 in white gold, with a black Grand Feu enamel dial. 6002R-001 Sky Moon Tourbillon Haut Artisanat comes with a pair of hand-carved rose gold cufflinks.

Ice, ice baby: look at Jacob’s most dazzling timepiece

Jacob & Co‘s eponymous brand is creating a clear path to the legitimacy of watches.

I have been racking my brains, trying to express Jacob & Co.’s influence on the world of haute horology. Because there is really no one in this industry like Jacob Arable. Arabo came to New York from Russia at the age of 14. He started as an apprentice as a jeweler when he was 16 to help support his family. While making jewelry for other brands, he sold his work as a side business, and then hung up his shingles 1986 York in New York.

His design quickly attracted the attention of singer Faith Evans, who turned her husband’s notorious B.I.G. to the work of Arabo. Soon, he became the immortal “Jeweler Jacob” in hip-hop lyrics. But it’s not just celebrities who are attracted to Jacob & Co.-collectors have also noticed his luxurious timepieces, because Arabo focuses on highly complex timepieces whose designs are made of precious materials such as rare gems.

As a self-made man, Arabo treats the fashion watch industry like he chooses the best gems: with superb technique and a certain attitude towards decadence. Some people may say that it is too much, but at the same time, Jacob’s works also have some dazzling places. The following five timepieces perfectly embody this unconventional manufacturing process.

Jacob & Co 3-D Astronomical Minute Repeater
It is indeed an extraordinary watch. 3-D Astronomia was first introduced at Baselworld in 2014, and it gets more exciting and complicated every year. This year, Jacob & Co. launched the Minute Repeater version, just to increase the value of this ultra-rare watch.

Jacob & Co. Astronomia Solar Zodiac
Jacob’s Astronomical Gambler
Jacob & Co 3-D Astronomical Minute Repeater

It has Carillon repeaters with three gongs and hammers (instead of the usual two). The gongs are stacked vertically so that you can better see their operation through the side of the sapphire case. The chimes sounded in the familiar Doh Re Mi tones to mark the hours, minutes, and 15-minute intervals. Innovative safety features prevent the wearer from winding when the watch sounds, thereby protecting the mechanism. The four arms radiating from the central cradle support a three-axis tourbillon.

On the icy side, the 3-D Astronomia is inlaid with 15.44 carats of two blue sapphires, with baguette diamonds inlaid on the bottom plate and case. The display also features a 1-carat spherical diamond and a rotating globe with a lacquered dial. The coolest part? A flying astronaut rotating around the 3D earth on its axis!

On the icy side, the 3-D Astronomia is inlaid with 15.44 carats of two blue sapphires, with baguette diamonds inlaid on the bottom plate and case. The display also features a 1-carat spherical diamond and a rotating globe with a lacquered dial. The coolest part? A flying astronaut rotating around the 3D earth on its axis! Jacob & Co. Twin Turbo Furious: Twin Turbo Furious Bugatti Edition

The same destructive commercial move as Jacob & Co.’s luxury watches is that the manufacturer announced in March that it had established a long-term partnership with the automaker Bugatti on a series of exclusive co-branded products. According to the press release, the partnership hopes to push “the limits of mechanically possible.”

This news marked the end of Bugatti’s long-term partnership with Parmigiani Fleurier, who also produced some excellent timepieces. But with Twin Turbo Furious: Twin Turbo Furious Bugatti Edition, Jacob & Co. once again seeks to raise the stakes technically. This watch is driven by two three-axis tourbillons (to ensure precise timing). Other additional features under the hood include a column wheel chronograph and a decimal repeater that sounds at 10 minute intervals.

The appearance is also slightly higher. Its turquoise blue outer ring is a tribute to Bugatti’s 110th anniversary blue Chiron. It also has a Bugatti logo in the center of the dial between the time counters. The power reserve indicator at 6 o’clock is called the “fuel” indicator.

There will be 18 pieces made of carbon fiber, 18 pieces made of rose gold, and three pieces will have diamonds. Each of the 39 pieces will be individually numbered. In order to make it more elusive, you can only buy this watch if you own Bugatti.

Jacob & Co. Bugatti Chrono Limited Edition 100 Years
The second work of Jacob & Co./Bugatti collaboration is Chrono Edition Limitée 100 Years, but it is not so unique. To pay tribute to the 100th anniversary of Ettore Bugatti in 1909, only 110 pieces will be produced.

This watch is also inspired by Jacob & Co.’s original Epic X Chrono column wheel movement. This version is made of forged carbon, with a black matte dial, the colors of the French flag are arranged vertically between the subdials. It is equipped with a rubber strap, also paying tribute to Chiron. Because it is not inlaid with diamonds, its price (for the brand) is 36,000 Swiss francs, which can even be regarded as an entry-level Jacob & Co.