In addition to the functions of the Flyback chronograph, annual calendar with oversize date, 60 minute countdown timer and 24 hour totalizer, the RM 11-02 adds a UTC feature for the indication of a second time zone with a Super-Luminova filled hand. The PVD treated titanium movement is fitted with two winding barrels and an automatic winding rotor with variable geometry supplying circa 50 hours of power reserve.
The new timepiece is easily recognizable by the additional pusher at 9 o’clock, used for setting the second time zone. This specially shaped and engraved pusher, as well as those placed at 2 and 5 o’clock for the chronograph start/stop and reset functions, is fully in line with the highly recognizable design cues of the RM 011 collection with etched lines inspired by the pedal surfaces of racing cars.
For the creation of the distinctive Richard Mille tonneau formed case, many hours of preparation are required even before the actual milling procedures can begin. The tripartite case entails some 86 preliminary stamping and striking operations to ready the case parts for cutting and milling. The actual machining process is preceded by some 50 hours of machine setup and programming before all systems are go for the more than 300 separate operations that need to be executed.
State of the art, CNC 5-axis machines working with an accuracy of a few microns are a necessity for the creation of the multiple curves and arcs established in Richard Mille’s case design aesthetic. The movement at the heart of the RM 11-02 is attached to the case with 4 silicon braces providing additional shock resistance and sealed with 20 spline screws and nitrite seals to ensure the water resistance of the RM 11-02 to 50 meters.