Richard Mille is transforming fountain pen into a pure product of watchmaking by virtue of a mechanical movement as complex as any RM calibre. Swiss brand has introduced new fountain pen RMS05 at SIHH 2016 as well as a few new watches. Based upon the same technology and attention to mechanical details as Richard Milles’ timepieces, RMS05 uses self-winding pen calibre to extend the pen’s 18K white gold nib with the push of a button.
The pen’s body is made of a dark gray NTPT carbon, which is a laminate of thousands of parallel layers measuring less than 30 microns thick. The layers are built up out of resin-impregnated carbon fibers that are woven on a special machine that modifies the direction of the weft between layers by 45°, then heated to 120° C (248° F) at a pressure of 6 bars to create a distinct pattern before moving on to a CNC machine for forming. Inside the sapphire container at the top is the movement for controlling the nib.
It’s made mostly of titanium and has 12 jewels to keep the rhodium-plated gears moving smoothly. It also comes with microblasted and satin-brushed surfaces, handpolished angles, locking sections, and sinks.
The RMS05 mechanical fountain pen costs $105,000 and is available exclusively at Richard Mille boutiques. It’s not a limited edition, but it will be produced in small numbers because of technical constraints.