The RM 21-02 Tourbillon Aerodyne is a limited-edition, 50-piece watch featuring a white Quartz TPT®, Carbon TPT®, and titanium construction. This model is an updated version of the manual-winding tourbillon Calibre RM21-02, known for its combination of precision, lightness, and durability. Richard Mille has a history of incorporating engineering materials from various industries, particularly aeronautics, into their watch designs. Carbon TPT®️, a key material in this watch, is commonly used in both the aeronautics and automotive industries, including in aircraft fuselages and Formula 1 cars. This material forms the baseplate of the RM 21-02 Tourbillon Aerodyne, along with a honeycomb structure made of black-PVD treated HAYNES®️ 214®️, a material used in gas turbine parts and researched by NASA for supersonic aircraft wings.
The design of the RM 21-02 Tourbillon Aerodyne includes a central winding barrel and tourbillon balanced on lightweight titanium bridges. It features torque and power-reserve indicators, along with a function selector, providing insights into the energy stored. The case of the RM 21-02 is a complex construction blending Quartz TPT®, Carbon TPT®, and titanium, resulting in a visually striking and robust design capable of withstanding regular use. This construction is one of the most sophisticated ever produced by Richard Mille. The brand’s commitment to innovation and the use of advanced materials is evident in the RM 21-02 Tourbillon Aerodyne, showcasing a unique aesthetic and technical prowess.