Richard Mille could have very well released the Limited Edition RM 032 Dark Diver Automatic
Chronograph at the bottom of the sea. Well, maybe not the bottom of the sea, but certainly deeper than most other chronograph diving watches are capable. To be more precise, Richard Mille boasts water-resistance to depths of up to 300 meters. This easily exceeds the depth requirements for a diving watch (as outlined by the International Organization for Standardization in ISO 6425). Achieving a water-resistance rating at this level of depth is an impressive feat for a chronograph watch since enough water pressure on the crown and pushers could accidentally activate the chronograph. So how did Richard Mille create a chronograph watch that has a water-resistance of up to 300 meters?
The solution Richard Mille used was to create a locking crown that prevents any effects from external pressure or any accidental manipulations by securing the pushers. This is also attains a greater water-resistance capability in the timepiece and is easily activated by turning the ring on the crown. This seems like a fairly simple design implement and will undoubtedly help more chronographs achieve depths reserved for other types of watches. An appealing feature, and the design of the watch should be just as appealing to divers and non-divers alike.
The Limited Edition RM 032 Dark Diver Automatic Chronograph features the characteristic curve, that is in all Richard Mille models, in the design of the 50mm tripartite titanium case. The distinctive dark coloring of the design, undoubtedly from which the Dark Diver name is derived, is achieved in part by the DLC (Diamond-Like-Carbon) coating on the case and buckle. This coating also helps prevent scuffs and scratches so the watch is sure to maintain its structural and visual integrity for the duration of its lifespan (assuming a modicum of care is taken, of course). The black rubber strap, bezel indicators and pushers finish the distinctive black look of the watch. Actually, aside from some minor red accents, this watch is completely black and its appearance seems like it would more fittingly belong on Darth Vader’s wrist than a diver’s. But regardless of whose wrist it is on, it is still a visually stunning piece.
The Dark Diver has Superluminova elements in the hands, running indicator disk and hour markers ensure optimal visibility regardless of the light available, an ideal feature for use in the depths of the sea. The Dark Diver features a Sapphire crystal dial and case back to help protect the Caliber RMAC2 automatic winding movement. It also has a power reserve of about 50 hours or 45 hours, if the chronograph is running. It has functions for hours, minutes, date, month, a flyback chronograph with minutes and seconds counter, an hour counter, a running indicator and an adjustable rotor geometry.
The Richard Mille RM 032 Dark Diver Automatic Chronograph is a stellar timepiece and would make anyone, fortunate enough to get their hands on one, very pleased by its functionality and unique design. Unfortunately Richard Mille has only produced 30 of these units and they are only being offered through the Richard Mille Boutique Beverly Hills, California; so these pieces will be hard to come by.