Richard Mille’s New RM 65-01 Automatic Split Seconds Chronograph is its most complex timepiece ever

Richard Mille has made its name in the world of Haute Horlogerie by creating highly-technical timepieces that are crafted out of cutting-edge materials. Every Richard Mille watch ever created is a true horological masterpiece. However, when the Swiss brand calls its latest creation the most complex timepiece ever, we know that we are up for something properly special. Meet the Richard Mille RM 65-01 Automatic Split Seconds Chronograph – the watchmaker’s first automatic rattrapante chronograph that takes the brand’s instantly recognizable design to a whole new level. According to Richard Mille, the latest timepiece to join its line-up took 5 years in development and “embodies the brand’s technical approach thanks to the combination of several additional functions, a particular architecture and an extremely high-end aesthetic.”

The signature tonneau case of the watch measures 44mm by 49.9mm and is available in both Richard Mille’s proprietary layered Carbon TPT material and a mix of red gold and Carbon TPT. The layered Carbon TPT’s unique texture is contrasted with a mix of bold, sporty colors, which immediately attract attention. However, Richard Mille says the colors serve a particular purpose. All the watch’s functions are denoted by a specific color, which helps to identify which pusher activates a specific function of the watch. The color orange denotes the chronograph complication, while blue is tied to the split-seconds function, and yellow indicates the time. Similarly, green refers to the date-display and red to the winding mechanism. The same color coding is continued on the watch’s skeletonized dial, which is just as complex as the watch. However, the color-coding instantly makes it easy to recognize all the functions with ease.

Housed inside the case is the most innovative Richard Mille movement developed in partnership with movement experts Vaucher Manufacture Fleurier. The all-new RMAC4 automatic split-seconds chronograph movement features a long list of highly-innovative technical achievements. Running at 36,000 VpH/5Hz, the watch can measure elapsed time with a precision of 1/10th of a second. It offers a power reserve of 60 hours, and it can be quickly charged by pressing the pusher at 8 o’clock. The watch comes paired with a sporty black rubber strap. The Richard Mille RM 65-01 Automatic Split Seconds Chronograph is available now exclusively through Richard Mille boutiques with a sticker price of $310,000.

[Via: A Blog To Watch]

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