Behold the first flyback chrono entirely developed and designed in the brand’s facilities in Les Breuleux.
As always with any new Richard Mille watch, we’ve got several statements and wow-factors to deal with. First of all, there’s the name. What does the ‘lifestyle chronograph’ thing actually mean? Well, likely nothing… and everything at the same time. Again, the world ‘lifestyle’ can’t be more at home than with the ultra-expensive watch brand such as this. Next goes the double oscillating pinion technology developed and patented by Richard Mille, just as the ‘in-house’ part of the name suggests. Simply put, in terms of energy transfer, the chronograph mechanics act as not an optional add-on to the main gear train, but as a true equal. And it’s even thinner than your traditional vertical clutch! Exciting as it is, in time it can even become a breakthrough for the industry. At least we’d definitely keep an eye on such promising technology.
Visually, the RM 72-01 Lifestyle In-House Chronograph more or less follows the winning Richard Mille’s formula. Available in red gold or titanium, as well as in black or white ceramic it comes in a trademark curved case measuring 47x38 mm. The skeletonized dial unveils all the hi-tech business going inside from the front, just like the transparent window from the back. Modern minimalistic finishings are slightly brightened by some colorful accents atop the chrono hands, nicely contrasting with the central red gold hours and minutes.
The three-eye layout is tricky but very convincing with a 24-hour counter at 5, 60-minute counter at 2, and small seconds at 9. Sitting right next to them are three huge numeral 3, 8, and 11. And don’t forget the double date window, but set vertically instead of usual horizontal way. Nothing here takes the beaten path, and for Richard Mille lovers that’s undoubtedly good news. More traditionally-minded collectors wouldn’t care anyway.
Along with the exotic gear-train energy transmission, the new in-house automatic movement build from the ground-up in Les Breuleux manufacture provides 50 hours of power reserve, regardless of chronograph usage. The inception was equally artistic in spirit and included a full-blown little ballet by choreographer Benjamin Millepied, composer Thomas Roussel, as well as some fifty musicians of the London Symphony Orchestra. The price is also very Richard Mille starting a little south of $200,000 and going up depending on preferred version.
Sep. 17, 2020