Richard Mille’s newest timepiece delves into the heart of creativity


  • Life Inspired
  • Thursday, 17 Sep 2020

The RM 72-01 Lifestyle In-House Chronograph from Richard Mille is performance-driven and elegant.

Performance-driven, innovative and timeless, the RM 72-01 Lifestyle In-House Chronograph is poised at the intersection between Haute Horlogerie, dance and music.

The watch, featuring the first flyback chronograph entirely developed and designed by the brand, is an achievement which involved no less than 30 months of full-time work on the part of a dedicated team.

The new RM 72-01 keeps time, three beats to a measure, a rhythm emphasising three numbers: three, eight and eleven.

The RM 72-01 Lifestyle In-House Chronograph in titanium.The RM 72-01 Lifestyle In-House Chronograph in titanium.

Its hands dance in stylised harmony within their three respective timescales (blue for seconds, orange for minutes, green for hours), orchestrated by a six-column wheel.

The transfers from minutes to hours have been isolated from the seconds wheel in this flyback chronograph which incorporates a double oscillating pinion mechanism developed and patented by Richard Mille.

The brand has submitted a patent application for its double-clutch chronograph.

“This pinion, which can enmesh or withdraw from the gear teeth, has been twinned. There’s now one for the minutes and another for seconds. This system is thinner than a vertical clutch, which would be hard to fit into the heart of the movement, ” explains Salvador Arbona, technical director for Movements.

As a result, the chronograph function has little impact on the power reserve.

The Calibre CRMC1 thus remains quite slim, at just 6.05mm thick, despite comprising 425 different components, and equipped with 24-hour and 60-minute counters positioned at 5 o’clock and 2 o’clock respectively.

It proves that a chronograph need not be limited to timing only short periods.

This mechanism was entirely conceptualised, manufactured and assembled in Les Breuleux, at the brand’s facilities.

A mechanism of the utmost precision is visible via the see-through back, a hallmark of the brand, and where every component is interlinked and plays its part, choreographed to the micrometre.

Available in four different combinations: 5N red gold, titanium and black or white ceramic, it features an automatic winding movement, with a 50-hour power reserve irrespective of how much the chronograph is activated.

Unveiled in a new campaign film, Within, a collaboration with choreographer Benjamin Millepied and composer Thomas Roussel, the project took shape in at the Joshua Tree National Park, a vast protected area in southern California.

Millepied directed the project, set in the heart of sand and stone, a stark mineral environment which exalts the nobility and beauty of the materials Richard Mille employs for its watches.

“To render something that was more vibrant, more real, more sincere, I deliberately gave the two dancers great freedom, perceptible in the animalistic energy that emanates from them, ” said Millepied.

“I work, at all times and piece after piece, to perfect the art of choreography. It is this relationship to precision that unites us with the art of haute horlogerie, ” he added.

Amidst this sublime decor, dancers unfurled a choreography of cyclical parallels that sifts and winnows the seconds, clothing time and space with intense vitality and energy.

This desert setting proved the perfect source of inspiration for Roussel, who built a tempo around the watch’s functions.

A musical rhythm anchored in the raw energy and abandon of the dancers, the music he weaved is redolent of origins, repetitive and mysterious.

“Watches, immutable as objects and through their precision, are also creations that convey emotions, ” said Roussel.

“I started composing from Benjamin's shots to find the right rhythm and tempo for the choreography. I wanted to give him the widest possible field of expression. It's the role of a composer for film to enhance and serve the film.”

The composition was recorded by the 50 musicians of the prestigious London Symphony Orchestra in the studio at St. Luke’s church in London.

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