Richard Mille is one of those brands where it is all too easy to be simply enamored of the incredible visuals and lifestyle hype. However, although most people don’t really realize it, Richard Mille is one of the most technical of watch brands. Case in point is the RM 36-01 Competition G-Sensor. This is a watch that flies a little under the radar because it has a round case rather than the signature tonneau shape that has helped build the stellar career of this young brand.
The rotating bezel of the RM 36-01 is crafted in ultra-modern TZP-Z brown ceramic and it actually provides the key to understanding the technology embedded within the innovative tourbillon movement. Under the button in center of sapphire crystal is a g-force sensor that can be manually rotated via the bezel to align it to the required direction.
The “g” in g-force of course refers to “gravitation.” G-force is a measurement of acceleration equivalent of the gravity we feel on earth: one “g” equals 9.80665 meters per second squared, which is equivalent to 9.80665 newtons of force per kilogram of mass.
Why would this very mathematic sounding element be important to the sporty brand ambassador for whom it is named? Sébastien Loeb is one of the world’s best rally drivers.