New for 2013: Richard Mille RM 036 Tourbillon G-Sensor Jean Todt
Written by Mark Bernardo,
The G-sensor system, built and patented by Renaud et Papi exclusively for Richard Mille, is composed of more than 50 parts and measures only 17 mm. The company says it can withstand decelerations of several tens of G’s. While the wearer is driving, he can read the scale, located at 12 o’clock, which has a needle indicating whether he is decelerating at a safe (green zone) or unsafe (red zone) speed. To reset the scale to zero, you simply press the push-piece at 9 o’clock. Although Richard Mille has not provided a detailed explanation of how the sensor operates, it appears that as G-force increases, a weight slides along two parallel rods. The weight’s movement is then transferred to the scale’s hand, moving it from green to red, provided the watch is properly oriented to the direction of travel.
The RM 036 was officially presented on December 7th at the FIA awards ceremony in Istanbul. Only 15 pieces of the RM 036 will be made, with some profits from their sale to be donated to the FIA Action for Road Safety, a global organization devoted to road safety, and to the ICM Brain and Spine Institute, an initiative co-founded by the watch’s namesake, Todt.