Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ) and Richard Mille have launched a new travel-watch, inspired by and adapted to, exclusive journeys on an Airbus corporate jet.
Called the RM 62-01 Tourbillon Vibrating Alarm ACJ, the new watch’s innovative features include a discreet alarm that alerts the wearer through vibrations that only they can feel.
The watch is a true creation of the best of both ACJ and Richard Mille. It encapsulates the pioneering, proven and industry-leading expertise from two companies, known for delivering the highest standards and most exclusive customer experiences in their industries. An evolution of an earlier watch, it continues a partnership begun in 2016.
The announcement was made alongside a 1/20th scale model of the ACJ320neo featuring a Melody cabin in unique Richard Mille livery, highlighting the link between the companies.
“Our partnership is built on a shared passion for new technology and innovation that pushes the boundaries. We always aim to offer unique experiences to our clients, which are sometimes the same,” says ACJ President Benoit Defforge.
“Airbus corporate jets are instruments of beauty, precision and utility, just like our watches, and we both strive to create products that go beyond delivering practicality to provide elegance, exclusivity and eternal value,“ adds Richard Mille Founder and CEO Richard Mille.
As with the previous watch collaboration, sketches of the new design were initially created by ACJ Head of Creative Design, Sylvain Mariat, with the watch being turned into reality by a team at Richard Mille, including Salvador Arbona, Technical Director for Movements.
The face of the new watch comprises titanium/Carbon TPT® that has been machined to represent the shape of an aircraft window, revealing different layers that echo the grain of the exotic wood typically found in corporate jet cabins. The crown-winder features engine fan-blades, while the sides of the watch are reminiscent of intricate, sculpted, metal aircraft-structure, as are miniature torque-set screws.
Skeletonisation – a hallmark of Richard Mille watches – reveals the sophistication of the movement inside – visible through the transparent front and back.
In bringing together the worlds of aviation and horology, the watch embodies the superlative engineering and shared values of both, and is available through Richard Mille in a limited edition of just 30 pieces.