What sets the RM 50-04 Tourbillon Split-Seconds Chronograph Kimi Raikkonen apart from the competition?
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MOVEMENT: Seven grams. That’s less than the weight of two sheets of A4 paper. It’s also the weight of the split-seconds chronograph tourbillon movement that powers the RM 50-04. This is made possible through the use of ultra-light materials, including titanium and Carbon TPT, as well as skeletonisation that removes every bit of excess material.
DIAL: Paying tribute to the Alfa Romeo C38 car, the watch features several accents in racing red. The colour adds oomph to the Carbon TPT flange, the chronograph counters, the power-reserve, torque and function indicators.
RESISTANCE: The construction of this watch gives it a stunning impact resistance of 5,000 g, more than sufficient to stand up to the g-forces that F1 drivers experience (up to 6 g while cornering). We asked Raikkonen if he wears the watch while driving. His answer: “Sometimes, but not always.” Fair enough.
CASE: Alfa Romeo’s C38 race car inspired the RM 50-04’s colours. The bezel and caseback are made of white Quartz TPT, which has a layered appearance because it comprises 600 layers of ultra-fine silicon fibres – we’re talking 45 microns, or the thickness of a strand of hair – that is saturated in a white resin and then heated. The result is light, tough and resistant to UV light and high temperatures. The case middle is made of Carbon TPT, made of carbon fibres that go through a similar process.
NUMBERS: A number “7”, referencing Raikkonen’s competition number, further cements this watch as a tribute to the renowned racer. This special edition is limited to just 30 pieces, and was first revealed to the world here in Singapore on September 18.