One of the new Richard Mille’s timepiece to be debuted in advance of SIHH 2012 in January, is this RM 037 Automatic Watch, with a new in-house Calibre, the CRMA1. This automatic winding caliber created from skeletonized grade 5 titanium sports an oversize date at 12 o’clock and a function window at 4 o’ clock. Two subtly shaped pushers are located at 4 and 10 o’clock. The pusher at 4 o’clock allows one to select the winding (W), neutral (N) and hand setting (H) functions with a simple push. The second pusher, at 10 o’clock, controls date changes.
Like most Richard Mille watches this one will come in titanium, red gold, or white gold. Richard Mille likes to mostly show their watches in industrial looking titanium to present themselves in the most functional light possible. What is interesting however is that even on the titanium model, the crown and function selector pusher are in 18k red gold.
While Richard Mille has presented watches in the past with function selectors, this might be the first one which is part of an automatic movement. Powered by the new in-house CRMA1 movement the RM037 features a number of novel features. The crown has been separated from the watch case, which means no winding stem. The watch is wound via the pusher at 4:00pm. The same pusher is also used to set the hand positions.
The convex case measures 52.2mm x 34.4mm and has, as always, been constructed using cutting edge techniques and more than a few trick manufacturing methods which ensure durability. The tripartite case is water resistant to 50 meters, ensured by two Nitril O-ring seals. The automatic rotor once again has Richard Mille’s variable geometry system and the movement has a power reserve of 50 hours.