ACJ teams with Richard Mille for watch design


Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ) has teamed with Richard Mille to launch a new watch, the RM 62-01 Tourbillon Vibrating Alarm ACJ. Airbus corporate jets inspired the design, and the companies say the watch is adapted to suit journeys made on these aircraft. Features include a vibrating alarm that only the wearer is aware of.

An evolution of an earlier watch (the RM 50-02 Tourbillon split seconds chronograph ACJ), the new design continues the companies’ partnership, which began in 2016. The announcement was made alongside a 1/20th-scale model of the ACJ320neo featuring a Melody cabin in Richard Mille livery.

“Our partnership is built on a shared passion for new technology and innovation that pushes the boundaries,” said Benoit Defforge, president at ACJ. “We always aim to offer unique experiences to our clients, which are sometimes the same.”

“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,” said Richard Mille, founder and CEO at Richard Mille.

As with the previous watch collaboration, sketches of the new design were initially created by Sylvain Mariat, head of creative design at ACJ, and the watch was brought to 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 structures, as are miniature torque-set screws. A hallmark of Richard Mille watches, the transparent front and back reveal the movement inside.

The watch is available through Richard Mille in a limited edition of 30 pieces.

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