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July 26, 2012updated Feb 07, 2013

Two New Richard Mille Editions Find Beauty in Darkness

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Beverly Hills, California – As reported by Coleman Bentley for Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine

With their new Black Out and Black Rose—limited editions born from the RM 030 Automatic with declutchable rotor—watchmaker Richard Mille has brought darkness to life with a blend of edgy design and modern technology.

The RM 030 Black Out leads the way, standing as the darkest watch Richard Mille has ever made. A black DLC titanium case houses a black inner bezel, a black crown protector and black numerals, all of which latch to the wrist via a black rubber strap and deployant buckle. Understated but menacing red accents, such as the date aperture, seconds hand, winding indicator and power reserve help to push the boundaries of timepiece aesthetics further than anything else on the market.

Darkness cannot exist without light, however, and the RM 030 Black Rose abides, offering the glimmer of its rose gold case, red crown protector, and white numerals to customers seeking respite from the Black Out’s monochromatic presence.

The beauty of the Black Out and Black Rose limited editions, however, is more than just case-deep. Inside each watch beats Richard Mille’s novel caliber RMAR1, an automatic-wound heart over four years in the making. Where most automatically wound timepieces avoid over-winding via the use of a sliding flange that causes the movement to slip, Richard Mille has developed a power-reserve connected winding rotor that detaches automatically when the watch reaches its optimal winding point. This all but eliminates the harmful debris the sliding flange leaves in the winding barrel after repeated releases, elevating the Black Out and Black Rose timepieces to the peak of both form and function.

The French watchmaker will release 30 pieces of both the RM030 Black Out and the RM030 Black Rose, available in Richard Mille-authorized North and South American boutiques only.

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