After five years of research, Richard Mille has unveiled the RM 65-01 Automatic Split Seconds Chronograph. Developed in partnership with Vaucher Manufacture Fleurier, the model’s integrated movement the first automatic caliber in the Richard Mille oeuvre to feature a split-seconds hand boasts a 6-column wheel architecture and vertical coupling, not to mention a high-frequency balance with variable inertia that will keep the watch accurate to 1/10th of a second.
Made with high-class material like Grade-5 titanium and Carbon TPT, the watch has gone through shock, drop, decade-aging simulation, waterproof, and even magnetic tests. The RM 65-01 is also the first watch to come with a ‘rapid-winding mechanism’ which is controlled via the pusher at the 8 o’clock position. When pushed 125 times it will quickly charge the watch’s barrel, providing a 60-hour power reserve. The crown, on the other hand, is equipped with a new gearbox, which incorporates a function selector that allows the wearer to switch between traditional winding (W), semi-instantaneous date adjustment (D) or setting the time (H).
To ensure the complicated dial remains legible, the RM 65-01 uses colour-coding to match functions along with its corresponding pushers. Yellow is for time: hours, minutes, small seconds at 6 o’clock, whereas green refers to the date display. Orange identifies the chronograph’s sweep seconds hand as well as the 30-minute and 12-hour totalisers. Red is linked to the winding mechanism, and the split-seconds hand is blue.
The timepiece is made with over 600 parts and is priced at CHF 270,000 (approximately $305,000). Discover Opulent Club onApple News.