Sophisticated haute horlogerie brand Jeanrichard Terrascope 39mm has built its reputation upon the use of exotic materials, complex structure, and incredibly intricate sporty layout. These layouts are now icons of their own in the ultra-premium sports watch area, helping to drive a brand new generation of hypercomplex sports chronograph designs. When Richard Mille itself announces that its latest release is its most complex timepiece in history, then, this statement carries over a good quantity of weight. The Richard Mille RM 65-01 Automatic Split Seconds Chronograph provides on that promise, creating the brand’s first automated rattrapante chronograph layout in a technically innovative, exquisitely intricate package.
Offered in both Richard Mille’s proprietary layered Carbon TPT material and in a mix of red gold and Carbon TPT, the signature tonneau case of the RM 65-01 Automatic Split Seconds Chronograph steps in at a large 44mm by 49.9mm. The curving shape, sandwich structure, and identifying bezel screws should feel familiar to fans of the brand, but this new case sets itself apart with its tactical use of colour and a few genuinely unorthodox capabilities. The pushers at 2 o’clock, 4 o’clock, and 10 o’clock are all relatively comfortable, although left in a sculptural mix of Grade 5 titanium and Carbon TPT. These pushers handle the chronograph functions, together with the 2 o’clock and 4 o’clock pushers performing the traditional stop/start and reset functions respectively, while the 10 o’clock pusher interrupts the engagement of their split seconds function. All three of these pushers feature a dab of bright orange, while the rest of the pusher at 8 o’clock is rendered almost entirely in vibrant red. The titanium crown at 3 o’clock brings in further punches of color in intricate groups of rubberized green and red. But what do these colors mean? According to Richard Mille RM 031 replica, each of those colors denotes a unique function. Orange elements, as an example, are connected with the chronograph complication. Blue components relate to the rest seconds function, green is used for elements related to the date window, and crimson elements are tied to winding. While this red is self explanatory around the crown, its use to the 8 o’clock pusher hints at one of those RM 65-01’s advanced bash pieces. This pusher is a patented quick winding mechanism, able to fully wind the mainspring from vacant in 125 presses. The crown also hides a couple of unique tricks. Rather than the standard method of pulling out the crown to correct various configurations, a pusher in the middle of the crown instantaneously switches the function involving conventional hand twisting, date alteration, and time modification. Water resistance stands at 50 meters.