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By Chris | April 1 2014
Richard Mille has released two new timepieces: the RM 11-02 Dual Time Zone and RM 38-01 G-Sensor Bubba Watson.
The new release RM 11-02 Automatic Flyback Chronograph Dual Time Zone represents a subtle development of this ever-popular Richard Mille model that has been a favorite since its inception more than seven years ago.
This automatic caliber of the RM 11-02 is a technical evolution of the RM 011, with the original caliber RMAC1 superseded by the caliber RMAC2 with added features.
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. For those familiar with the original RM 011 case, this 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.
Matching these thematic cues, Richard Mille has also designed a very precisely machined crown in grade 5 titanium evoking a clutch mechanism, surrounded with an Alcryn collar for excellent tactile contact.
RM 38-01 G-Sensor Tourbillon Bubba Watson
American golfer Bubba Watson, partner for Richard Mille since 2010, stands out from the crowd with his unique physique, personality and self-taught skills in golf. He epitomizes the high performance and precision of human ability as an instrument for sports.
Only 32 years old, he is already leaving his mark as one of the best players of his generation with one of the most powerful drives, establishing him consistently as the longest hitter on the PGA tour since 2006, followed by his first 1st US PGA Tour event in 2010.
After the success of the limited RM 038 Golfer’s Tourbillon released in 2010, Richard Mille has undertaken the development yet another specific tourbillon watch for Bubba Watson with added functionality to complement his powerful drives on the course.
The result is the RM 38-01 Bubba Watson, a timepiece that combines a patented G-sensor with a tourbillon mechanism, thus providing new insights for golfers during their game.
The mechanical G-sensor, a Richard Mille world first containing more than 50 moving parts within a mere 17mm, allows the user to see the accumulated motion of their swing in G’s.
The sensor, placed under 12 o’clock, is able to record the force generated by a golfer’s swing, specifically during the last segment. In reality this means that the RM 38-01 can record up to 20-G’s of acceleration, a very important insight for golfers such as Bubba Watson, renowned for his ability to hit a ball at more than 310 kilometers per hour. Resetting the sensor back to zero for the following swing is done by simply pressing the aerodynamically formed pusher at 9:00 once.