Richard Mille previews SIHH G-force Tourbillon

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Richard Mille has released a preview of its SIHH launches, with the reveal of its new Tourbillon G-Sensor RM 036 Jean Totd limited edition timepiece – a watch that measures the influence of G-force on the wearer.

The brand said it continues to be influenced by the world of automobiles, with this new launch designed with a focus on road safety, something the brand says it has not yet explored. It has now turned its attention to another charitable cause, after las month announcing that it will help Bubba Watson raise $1 million.

It said: “[Richard Mille] therefore decided to offer his support to a long-time friend, Jean Todt, and to the global organisation FIA Action for Road Safety by developing a watch capable of offering a tangible solution to road safety problems”.

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Richard Mille’s and Jean Todt’s teams have worked together to develop a mechanism capable of interpreting the physical constraints felt by the body during rapid decelerations to make drivers aware of the dangers linked to the road.

The watch has the brand’s tonneau-shaped case and a tourbillion movement made entirely from grade-5 aluminium and ARCAP, with a carbon-nanofiber baseplate.

The manually wound mechanical calibre features hours, minutes and seconds combined with the new brand-new G-sensor complication, a system developed and patented by Renaud Papi exclusively for Richard Mille, which translates the movement of a small internal mechanism to an indicator, thereby enabling the wearer to visualise force through an indicator on the dial, which shows whether the deceleration is safe (green) or critical (red).

The G-sencsor is composed of more than 50 parts and can withstand decelerations of several tens of G-force.

The RM 036 was officially presented on December 7 at the FIA awards ceremony in Istanbul. Jean Todt is set to donate the profits from the sale of the watch to two key initiatives: the global campaign for road safety as well as the ICM Brain and Spine Institute, which he co-founded.
 

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