Boundless – and RM 72-01 Self-winding Lifestyle Flyback Chronograph
In the Pirates of the Caribbean, at the end of The Curse of the Black Pearl, there is a scene where Captain Jack Sparrow stands on the bridge of the Black Pearl after escaping the execution. Putting a hand on the steering wheel of the ship, watching the intersection of the sky and the sea, he whispered these words, "Now, bring me the horizon."
As the camera slowly panned to a wide-angle lens, Captain Jack murmured, "Yo-yo, yo-yo! The life of a pirate is for me," at that moment, suddenly, he appeared-boundless.
Of course, the Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise or the pirate genre has little to do with Richard Mille. However, the word infinity may be the ultimate compendium that defines the ideals of Richard Mille's work. He seems to have boundless perception, boundless artistic conception, and boundless execution power. This is not to say that he has no reality, on the contrary, Miller may know the present better than any other watchmaker alive today.
In 1999, when Richard Mille set out to build his first watch, in the freedom of his own brand, he asserted that many watchmakers of our time were simply creating timepieces that paid tribute to the masters of the past. In his mind, no one makes a watch that embodies vision. Therefore, what he wants to do is to create a timepiece that can withstand the harsh tests of the 21st century and become a treasure of ancient times. In response to such a self-distribution challenge, Miller formulated the watches he had to make precision instruments. In order to make his timepieces, he will never compromise, just as he hopes that watch wearers will not make any compromises to their lives when wearing his works.
When Richard Mille finally locked in the details of his first product, you can imagine that his time-to-market strategy would cause any other company to experience multiple brain hemorrhages. However, he fully understands that when creating a precision machine that is different from any other product on the market, he must ignore time to ensure that the quality of the product he launches is beyond doubt. In fact, the timepiece he came up with didn't take much time, because there were no ready-made parts for the things he came up with. Everything, from hairsprings and screws, must be customized.
He just refused to take shortcuts and left room for technical failure. So, what is the result of all this uncompromising? Well, when RM 001 was finally delivered to the store designated to sell it, the watch lasted a total of 30 minutes on their shelves.
From the very beginning, every timepiece he designed for his own brand was based on the mission of zero compromise and the pursuit of perfection. Whether it is in the field of finishing, materials, ultra-light, or the simple mentality that a watch should have. But not only watchmaking, this mantra seems to apply to everything the Richard Mille brand pursues. Allow us to highlight such a non-watch example: Richard Mille cufflinks. What is the difference between cufflinks? Functionally, they only need to fix the French cuffs together. As we all know, jewelers will make exquisite handmade cuffs with precious metals, and sometimes use gems to show their personality. Conceptually, what else can anyone bring?
You might as well make them with grade 5 titanium and design a safety mechanism that contains no less than 38 components to ensure the safety of cufflinks no matter how long or how wild your day is. These are basically T-shaped cufflinks with a push tab on the top that opens the two claws at the bottom of the T-shaped to secure your cuffs. To loosen the prongs, you can install two pushers on the ends of the top of the cufflinks, and press to retract the prongs. For anyone who appreciates the magic of technology, the patented security mechanism is already impressive. But other than that, the brand finishes and decorates these products in the same way as one of the watches or movements; in fact, they use the same spline screws, and suddenly we have a better idea of how Richard Mille does not compromise. Understanding.
Richard Mille cufflinks, there are two varieties here, both are grade 5 titanium alloys, the left side is fully paved with diamonds, and the right side is lined with rectangular cut diamonds.
Wei Koh, the founder of The Rake & Revolution, may have said it best. The spirit of Richard Mille has generated much transformative power in the watchmaking industry in the past two decades. Wei wrote: "But more importantly, in today's world, Richard Mille watches have surpassed the status of timepieces and played different roles. His watches have risen to become a symbol of more things: unlimited life, unstoppable His dreams, passion, resilience, performance under any conditions, individualism and fearlessness. The reason why his watch has become the subject of countless songs is because owning a Richard Mille watch has become something that most people cannot achieve but everyone dreams of Symbol of success. In other words, it has become the structure of optimism itself."
In this matter, it is commendable that Richard Mille, through his watchmaking industry, has transformed into an influence beyond the past watch industry. Richard Mille has developed into a way of life. This further opened the brand to explore the desires beyond watchmaking, such as the aforementioned Richard Mille cufflinks, and even the RM S05 mechanical fountain pen. The question we want to raise on this note is, can we use this influence to have a deeper and more humane dialogue? In answering our own question, believe it or not, Richard Mille has done it.
RM 72-01 Self-winding Lifestyle Flyback Chronograph RM 72-01 was launched at the end of 2020 and looks like a typical ultra-dynamic Richard Mille watch, radiating futuristic machine technology from 100 meters
The two biggest topics in the watch industry these days are sustainable luxury goods first, and gender issues second. A mechanical watch is already a very efficient and ethical item, because it only consumes the energy it provides when you wear it and wind it on the chain. Yes, the watchmaking industry is solving more problems through responsible sourcing of materials and brands announcing longer warranty periods to encourage buyers to keep their watches in service and function for several life cycles. But how should any watchmaker contribute to the gender conversation? Not to mention extreme brands like Richard Mile. To this end, we need to talk about the recently launched RM 72-01 self-winding lifestyle flyback chronograph. So first of all, about the .
In September 2020, Richard Mille retired the highly sought-after RM 11-03 and announced that the RM 72-01 self-winding lifestyle flyback chronograph became the brand's next major event. The size of this watch is 38.4 x 47.34 mm. It uses grade 5 titanium and an alternative full 5N red gold version. The outline of the case is similar to Mille's early barrel-shaped case.
The watch dial uses a completely non-traditional subdial layout for continuous seconds and 60-minute and 24-hour counters, all of which are color-coded and labeled to visually separate the time indication from the chronograph. For the movement, Richard Mille spared no effort to create the brand's first fully internal movement, and took this opportunity to solve the typical problems that often plague chronographs built with traditional mechanisms (especially horizontally coupled chronographs).
Salvador Arbona, the technical director of Richard Mille's movement technology, previously shared with Revolution, he explained: "Well, the chronograph is an extremely parasitic device. It consumes a lot of power, and it will increase as the power reserve begins to decrease. The variable torque in the mainspring. Therefore, if you turn on the chronograph indefinitely, the amplitude of the balance wheel and the basic timing functions of the watch will be affected. Solutions such as the vertical clutch have been implemented, but this is for more Large-scale, more industrial applications."
He went on to add: “Therefore, we decided to use another solution called the swing pinion, which has three main advantages. The first is that it is a more direct and simple system; the energy goes from the gear directly from the second wheel. Transported to the chronograph wheel. Secondly, because it is simpler and takes up less space, you can do smaller movements. Thirdly, it does not affect the chronograph function. However, what I want to say is a warning because of our movement It’s the world’s first chronograph specifically equipped with two swing pinions for this purpose."
The basic timing mechanism functions of the CRMC1 movement developed for RM 72-01 are as follows. The second wheel drives a oscillating pinion that tilts slightly when stationary. When the chronograph starts, it moves to engage the central chronograph wheel. In order to further solve the problem that the chronograph loses power in the system that drives the minute counter through the second wheel, the brand created a reduction gear that works directly with the barrel to drive a small gear that powers the chrono minute counter, bypassing the The gear train related to the remaining time.