The technical innovations of the RM 52-05 tourbillon calibre are mind-bendingly innovative. Equivalent to a space shuttle, the baseplate that carries the movement is machined of grade 5 titanium through which it is possible to glimpse the grade 5 titanium bridges, skeletonised to evoke rocket launch platforms. It features large inserts in dazzling blue aventurine glass that evoke outer space and the
confines of the universe with all its stars.
The astronaut’s helmet is sculpted in grade 5 titanium, hand painted using indestructible paint to
hint at all-pervading timelessness. As for the Red Planet itself, only red gold could bring to life its
unmistakable hues. We are drawn into the dramatic Valles Marineris, named for the Mariner 9 Probe,
humanity’s first envoy to our distant neighbour. The engraving captures the overpowering rock face,
rising a daunting 7 kilometres above the russet sandscapes below. For this it was necessary to achieve
multiple colour changes in the enamel. Unlike traditional grand feu enamels, obtained by adding
different pigments, the orange to red and blue to black gradients were made by superimposing layers
and increasing the number of firings at 850 °C.