After five years of development, Richard Mille has finally unveiled the RM 65-01 Automatic Split Seconds Chronograph. Said to be the most complex timepiece to ever leave the Richard Mille workshop, the team set out in making a technical watch that encompasses all the avant-garde specifics that the house is known for, but for everyday wear — a masterpiece you can enjoy each day.
The high-frequency balance allows for superior timekeeping with stopwatch calculations to 1/10th of a second. It also has a split-second hand for intermediate times. 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. One of the new exciting features of this watch is RM’s first in-house rapid-winding mechanism. This is a pusher that can be found at the 8 o’clock position where when pushed 125 times, the barrel is fully found with a 60-hour power reserve.
For a supremely legible dial, the RM 65-01 uses color-coding to match functions that correspond with the 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 totalizers. Red is linked to the winding mechanism, and the split-seconds hand is blue.
The RM 65-01 is made with over 600 parts and will cost you CHF 270,000 (approximately $305,000 USD).