Watch & Jewellery
LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE: Richard Mille's RM 72-01 Lifestyle In-House Chronograph
Text by Kee | Photos courtesy of Richard Mille
15.10.2020
The RM 72-01 Lifestyle In-House Chronograph is Richard Mille's first intended unisex wristwatch
The RM 72-01 Lifestyle In-House Chronograph is Richard Mille's first intended unisex wristwatch
The RM 72-01 Lifestyle In-House Chronograph is Richard Mille's first intended unisex wristwatch
The RM 72-01 Lifestyle In-House Chronograph is Richard Mille's first intended unisex wristwatch
The RM 72-01 Lifestyle In-House Chronograph is Richard Mille's first intended unisex wristwatch
The RM 72-01 Lifestyle In-House Chronograph is Richard Mille's first intended unisex wristwatch
The RM 72-01 Lifestyle In-House Chronograph is Richard Mille's first intended unisex wristwatch
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Owning a Richard Mille wristwatch is as good of an indicator as any that you’ve made it – and we mean really made it. That’s because the list price of a Richard Mille is at least more than the average person’s annual salary and then some. But aside from astronomical figures that could also have more digits than your bank pin, it’s fair to say that the brand has carved out a sweet spot in horology that very few are able to compete with. Richard Mille has created a cult of die-hards that live and breathe the aspirational lifestyle and forge their own rules. The wristwatches are a testament to that ideal too, never falling victim to trends and creating its own timeline of releasing something new when it feels ready. The same goes for its stock: never too little and never too many. On the cusp of its 20th anniversary since presenting its first-ever wristwatch, Richard Mille has launched its first in-house chronograph movement housed in the RM 72-01. While we are not sure how this titbit of information affects any owner who is already willing to part top dollar for a Richard Mille wristwatch within the last two decades, this is certainly news for the majority of the watch community who have mostly spent time feeling the heartburn of the price tag to consider its technical fortitude. For the uninitiated, Richard Mille has never desired producing everything in-house anyway but has spent considerable resources these last few years in creating special in its manufacture based in Les Breuleux, Switzerland. Why? Because it can. The RM 72-01 has been bestowed with the honour of hosting this new self-winding CRMC1 movement, which took 30 months to design and develop. It features a patent-pending double-clutch system with oscillating pinions. With the knowledge that any activation of the flyback chronograph function depletes the energy of the power reserve and affects the rate of stability of the wristwatch (no matter how minute of a difference this is), Richard Mille has devised a way in which any tinkering you do with measuring time bears no exertion on the main energy supply. This means the time ticks regularly with zero chill towards your activities in compressing the pushers. Again, the smallest differences here to pore over but it’s a new reworking of an internal engine that geeks will be salivating over. Visual-wise, Richard Mille delivers where it always does. Its striking screw-heavy tonneau-shaped case has become one of the enduring symbols for the uber-rich for a couple of decades now and is unlikely to change anytime soon. The beauty here is in the mapping of the dial in which the sub-dials and its coloured linings have been laid out like an overview of a mazy Formula 1 track. (Remember that Richard Mille considers Formula 1 racing as a perpetual creative resource for his wristwatches.) Three versions of case materials are available for this tripartite case: red gold, titanium and black or white ceramic. And just for calculation’s sake, this one will set you back at least US$188,000.

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