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Not seen before - the start of the Richard Mille movement....

November 22 2006 at 6:24 AM

Andrew H  (Login 219)
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At this level of magnification, it looks like an engine block for a race car....



And then, in context, the micro engineering involved in machining new base plates for RM005 or RM010 movements:



Before finishing, PVD coating, and then having the movement built upon it, the titanium plates are cut from the plain metal disks.

More to come soon...

Andrew H

 
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James
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wow, I love the way its cut from a single plate like that.nt

November 22 2006, 9:40 AM 

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Allen
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Very cool! I always wanted some of those for Christmas ornaments.

November 22 2006, 6:30 PM 

Do you have some pics of the carbon fiber main plates? I remember seeing some at R&P but I can seem to find any pictures.
Thanks Andrew and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

 
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SteveH
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I have this one, Allen...

November 22 2006, 6:42 PM 

i saved it from somewhere a while ago...


 
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Andrew H
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Very cool - thanks Steve. I am guessing, but it looks as if the

November 22 2006, 7:09 PM 

carbon-fibre is compressed into the form. It would be interesting to find out more about this. But then, it is probably a closely guarded secret at R&P.

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Allen
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The folks at R&P said that they actually CNC machine the CF.

November 22 2006, 8:50 PM 

I was holding the base plate of the AP MC12 while I asked them the question regarding the machining.

 
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Andrew H
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Interesting - at some point though, there must be compression on the

November 22 2006, 9:05 PM 

carbon fibre to the point where the material 'acts' like a non-fibrous material that can be machined. If memory serves, a great deal of the technology was taken from brake-pad manufacture for F1 cars.

Thanks Allen

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Andrew H
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Also from the piece that started it all: the baseplates for the RM006:

November 22 2006, 9:03 PM 






Note how much more complex the machining has become on the carbon fibre. The RM006 baseplates are flat by comparison and the movement was literally 'built-up' from the baseplate. Very cool watch if you ever get the chance to see one.

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Wootichai
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Yes, the RM006 was the pioneering model for CF base plates...

November 23 2006, 3:52 AM 

We hope other pioneering models (usually with limited production, like the RM012) will later spawn regular production models or have its new technology incorporated into current models.

Thanks for the pics, everyone. Lovely!

Cheers,
Wootichai

 
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