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The RM 65-01 speeds ahead as Richard Mille’s most complicated yet

In the world of horology, ‘keep it simple, silly’ is not an axiom to live by.

The complex engineering taken to master a perfect calibre movement — of which the end-product, framed against a clear sapphire-crystal caseback — offers winding bridges and mechanised paths made to be gawked at. Richard Mille‘s newest RM 65-01 and its whopping 600-plus components sit amongst a rota of illustrious masterpieces; even still, it stands out as the most complex ever to leave a Richard Mille studio.

Ready, set, race

An affinity for auto-racing is made clear throughout Richard Mille’s history; in fact, the brand describes its sports timepieces as ‘racing machines for the wrist.’ It’s a passion not only in name, however. The execution of the RM 65-01 was inspired by the holistic approach taken when designing Formula One race cars; the timepiece’s movement, case and dial (while rigorously tested with standards to match each individual component) are synthesised from the very first ideation — no different to the made-to-measure harmony of the chassis and engine in a winning Grand Prix machine.


The RM 65-01’s colour-coded construction champion bright, primary shades — an aesthetic choice that harks to the instant recognisability of auto-racing colours, but also provides a legend to underline each watch function.

The colour-coded components of an RM 65-01.

Need the time? Seek out yellow, enamelled atop the numbered hour-markers, the hours and minutes hands and the small seconds sub-dial at six o’clock. A quick date reminder? Green is your colour; carving out a vertical date aperture at the top-left corner. Red frames the chronograph’s winding mechanism; orange, the sweep-seconds hand and the 30-minute and 12-hour totalisers. Last but certainly not least, the single light-blue unit highlights the first split-seconds hand to appear on any Richard Mille automatic calibre.

Carbon TPT: A case study

Every surface of the RM 65-01 — from the bezel and caseband to the caseback — is crafted in water-resistant, tripartite Carbon TPT, with the crown, chronograph buttons and engraved plate meticulously micro-blasted, polished and satin-finished in grade-five titanium. The resulting textured appearance comes to life in a pattern akin to wood-grain; one that also conjures up images of tire skid marks on a Formula One circuit.

The RM 65-01 is mounted on a Carbon TPT case.

The aeronautical-inspired material construction of this timepiece enables a masterpiece that can withstand everyday wear; a lightweight, elements-resistant, ‘almost indestructible‘ luxury that can be enjoyed beyond to-be-seen occasions.

Rolled out in red

Small but mighty, the red pusher button — remember, the RM 65-01’s winding mechanism is colour-coded in red — at eight o’clock serves as tangible evidence of a Richard Mille milestone: The first in-house, patented rapid-winding mechanism, which sits alongside the typical automatic-winding and manual crown-winding mechanisms. 125 presses will achieve a full barrel reset, a function described as ‘very playful’ by RM engineers.

125 presses on the red Quartz TPT pusher enables a full barrel reset.

Superior precision

A feat described with ‘unfailing consistency,’ the RM 65-01’s mechanical brain is developed in partnership with Vaucher Manufacture Fleurier. An integrated movement with a high-frequency balance, six-column wheel architecture and vertical coupling orchestrate timekeeping accuracies that can only be deemed as superior; a staunch precision that extends to stopwatch calculations that anchor at 1/10th of a second.

Whether your heart is set on the Carbon TPT or the Red Gold and Carbon TPT model, an expectation for top-of-the-line technicity is — as usual with any Richard Mille masterpiece — irrefutable.

For pricing and availability, contact your local Richard Mille boutique: Various locations including Pacific Place, Shop 328, 3/F, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong, +852 2918 9696.

Joey Wong
Constantly in pursuit of a multi-hyphenated career, Joey has written her way through fashion trends, youth culture and luxury retail in New York and Hong Kong. Beyond internet adventures tracking down the perfect vintage find, you can probably catch her sipping on her third oat milk latte of the day in the city’s newest café. She’s currently mourning the loss of TikTok in Hong Kong.