Following last year’s introduction of the RM 039 Tourbillon Aviation E6-B, Richard Mille has released its new watch, an ultra-complex tourbillon flyback caliber that contains no fewer than 1,000 components. The RM39-01 is a modern interpretation of the E6B slide rule, invented in the 1930s in the United States by Lieutenant Philip Dalton.
Each experienced pilot will be delighted with this watch and its indications including fuel consumption, flight times, ground speed, altitude, and wind influence across a series of units of measure. Obviously, this highly complex watch and bezel required a lot of research (and skill) to create in addition to incorporating the usual time-keeping functions, including a date function chronograph, and alarms.
The RMAC2 automatic caliber which beats at the heart of the RM 39-01, features UTC and countdown functions, a flyback chronograph, an oversized date at 12 o’clock, a month display and a variable geometry rotor. It has almost 620 components and 62 jewels, with a power reserve of 50 hours. This caliber also comes with a special function-locking mechanism. In order to prevent any accidental in-flight activation of the chronograph, Richard Mille has incorporated a locking crown which, by turning the ring, fixes the pushers and crown in place. The green and red markers indicate whether this is deactivated or running.
The RM 39-01 Automatic Aviation E6-B will debut at this year’s BASELWORLD, and expect to go on sale in the coming months.