People of today couldn’t imagine a world without the 24 time zones to which we are used to. However, there have been many methods if time zone division used throughout history and up to the 20th century. Because of the development of the telegraph and railroad systems, time zones have disappeared to such level that something had to be done. In 1884, the International Meridian Conference established the 24 hour division and Greenwich as the prime meridian were internationally accepted. Thus, a useful and easy method of keeping track of time zone travel became necessary. Richard Mille developed such product, the Richard Mille RM58-01 Tourbillon World Timer inspired by Jean Todt, President of the FIA.Richard Mille RM58-01 Tourbillon World Timer Jean Todt Pictures
The Richard Mille RM58-01 Tourbillon World Timer Jean Todt is intended to be a limited 35 timepieces edition with a universal 24 hour time display. The watch features a hand-wound tourbillon movement and a rotatable unidirectional bezel connected to it, so the user can simply rotate the bezel until their current timezone is listed at 12 o’clock. The tourbillon is positioned at 9 o’clock and it oscillates at 3Hz. The satin-brushed rotating bezel has the name of 24 world cities used as symbols for the international time zones. Travelers just have to position the name of the city where they have arrived. The black and white disc can automatically differentiate day and night, so the user doesn’t confuses them. Although the mechanism seems simple, it is immensely complicated.
In addition to this, the Richard Mille RM58-01 Tourbillon World Timer has hours, minutes, although it doesn’t have seconds, and a power reserve indicator. The RM58-01 caliber includes bridge construction, a titanium base plate, 26 jewels and dual barrels that allow a massive ten day power reserve, unusual for this type of device. The tourbillion is housed in a four-part 50 mm by 15.35 mm case made from red gold and titanium. The case back and fixed bezel are made from polished and satin-brushed red gold, the rotating bezel from polished titanium and the middle case from satin-brushed titanium. It offer a 50 meters water resistance (100.00ft).
Although the case dimensions are considerable, the design is a beautifully finished mix of gold tones and brown coloring that suggest a greater purpose for the warm titanium of the bezel and the construction of the movement. Because of the anti-reflective sapphire crystals front and back, users will get a clear view of the motion of the tourbillon, remaining power reserve and movement. The Richard Mille RM58-01 Tourbillon World Timer isn’t just about practically and accessibility, it is about innovation, technology and design, perfectly balanced into one timepiece.
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