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Richard Mille RM88 Smiley

Richard Mille RM88 Smiley

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The Richard Mille Smiley reference RM 88 uses Franklin Loufrani's 50 year old Smiley design to embody positivity, joy and sharing - a symbol that has played a major role at the heart of pop culture across several creative generations. Around the yellow gold Smiley’s radiant face, an array of miniature sculptures takes possession of the RM 88 Automatic Tourbillon Smiley’s movement, forming and reforming a surreal scene, brimming with fun and enthusiasm and demonstrating true mastery of the infinitely small. Light as it may seem, the creation of this ballet was a technical challenge of the highest order. Attention to detail and perfection taken to the utmost, breathing life into a veritable smile mechanism. Skeletonised automatic winding tourbillon movement with hours, minutes and function indicator. Microblasted grade 5 titanium with PVD treatment lends great rigidity to the baseplate and the bridges, as well as the precise surface flatness, essential for perfect functioning of the gear train. Grade 5 titanium is a biocompatible, highly corrosion-resistant and remarkably rigid alloy, which enables the gear train to function effortlessly.The alloy is 90% grade 5 titanium, 6% aluminium and 4% vanadium. This combination further increases the material’s mechanical properties, which explains its frequent use in the aerospace, aeronautics and automotive industries. The skeletonised baseplate and bridges were subjected to intensive and complete validation tests to optimise their resistance capacities. The cocktail glass is an assembly of four parts, all in gold. The umbrella, the olive (1.7 mm in height), the 0.4 mm-diameter grooved straw – all polished – and the glass itself, its base micro-blasted to convey its chill, weigh a total of just 0.4 g. The gold flower above it is mirror-polished, its petals brushed and rhodium-plated. The pink flamingo, 0.2 g of red gold, also undergoes multiple processes: its wings are polished and their feathers traced with the tip of a Dégussit grinding stone; its eye is made using the smallest beading tool in existence; its pedestal is micro-blasted and the part that depicts the grass and water is polished. The component is given a metallic pink PVD coating before the beak is painted black using a brush. The caseband is made of 18K 5N red gold.

Size: 48mm.

Dial: Grade 5 Titanium.

Case Material: ATZ White Ceramic & Gold.

Limited edition of 50 pieces.

Year: 2022.

Full Set, Box & Papers.

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