Richard Mille RM 60-01 Automatic Flyback Chronograph Regatta “Les Voiles De St. Barth” 2015 Limited Edition Watch Hands-On


For 2015, round the Caribbean Island of St. Barthélemy, the colorful blue and orange outlined on white-colored strap Richard Mille RM 60-01 Automatic Flyback Chronograph Regatta “Les Voiles p St. Barth” exclusive edition watch becomes the newest equatorial treat from Switzerland’s finest-finish modern sport watch. I go to the exclusive island getaway using what can also be still referred to as “West Indies” to determine the “Ces Voiles p St. Barth” regatta race, now within the sixth year, with title sponsor Richard Mille. It proves an excellent chance to check out their new rather than very-listed (for your brand) happy-styled yachting watch.


It’s a warm, tropical mid-day in mid April as our chartered plane helps to make the rapid descent for the small airport terminal terminal on St. Barths, situated inside the Island’s “major” capital of scotland- Gustavia. Formerly pointed out, I will tell the sailing watercraft competing rapidly the coast throughout the thing that was the second day’s the sixth annual Ces Voiles p St. Barth – a greater-finish boat racing event inspired by France’s Ces Voiles p Saint-Tropez. St. Barths is technically part of France, as well as the French-speaking Island’s small streets and charming coffee houses, book stores easily help help remind you of sights inside the south of France, simply with an even more “islandy” vibe well-suitable for somewhere sunny and warm getaway. Among Richard Mille’s handful of Caribbean retailers can be found round the island.
The cargo capacity in the plane we travelled in on through the 15 minute flight within the neighboring island of St. Maarten am small that my luggage turned up round the next flight without while up to a courtesy notice within the airline travel. Assured by one of the lighthearted staff inside the baggage claim area that my luggage would definitely seriously the next flight, I’d no choice but to wind down in mid-air-conditioned waiting room that was fortunately a maximum of 30 minutes. Throughout this time around around, I’d lots of time to inspect the less-then-remarkably informative watch advertising, including one for Richard Mille pitching the carefully made sport watches as “top end machines for that wrist.” Roughly just a little choice of slopes past the airport terminal terminal to the ocean, the regatta ongoing arrived as ocean adventurers from around the world fought against from the wind as well as the waves.
Like numerous tropical escapes inside the Caribbean and across the world, luxury brands like Richard Mille have found a unique atmosphere where the world’s elite wealth happens vacation – and looking out to appear. Richard Mille, especially, has exercised well throughout the final a long time having its $100,000 to $1,000,000 (well as over) watches which stress technical brilliance and bold designs total else. It isn’t a conservative brand, which is fanatics be aware of organization for prices around their products. Nevertheless, as Richard Mille goes much much deeper and far much deeper straight into ultra luxury watch territory, their following seems to develop. Each year, no less than a few new Richard Mille watches include prices of $500,000 to around $1,000,000, as well as the brand is growing. Can it be all hype, or will be the our planet’s most fortunate watch customers not only getting their money’s worth however a brandname that really talks on their behalf?
Inside a recent article, I talked about the worth proposition of the Richard Mille watch in additional depth, here, when talking concerning the Richard Mille RM 025 Tourbillon Chronograph Diver. The RM 025 which Richard Mille RM 60-01 Automatic Flyback Chronograph Regatta come with an very similar situation, despite the fact that the cost is extremely different. Actually, just over $150,000, this special edition Richard Mille RM60-10 Automatic Chronograph Regatta for Le Voiles p St. Barth generally is 100s of 1000’s of dollars under the greater pricey tourbillon-based watch above. Anyhow, I suggest the above mentioned article to think about a few of the more intricate particulars in Richard Mille watches and just how, in most cases, it requires a large premium to cover this degree of refinement and manufacturing precision. While Richard Mille may represent a pleasing not every enthusiasts love, they’re towards the top of their game if this involves creating bold, modern sport watches.

I might never be a Richard Mille customer, given their retail prices, but I am a fan. I will also say that in most instances, Richard Mille watches are much better looking in person than in pictures. An excellent example is this Richard Mille RM 60-01 Automatic Flyback Chronograph Regatta Les Voiles de St. Barth watch which doesn’t look especially handsome in marketing images with its white strap and blue and orange accents. On the wrist, however, in this stunning tropical vacation island setting, the colors and design work together fluidly for a timepiece presentation that feels extremely appropriate for the surroundings. It’s just not something that translates well in doctored marketing photographs or computer graphics. The same is true with many of Richard Mille’s other more colorful timepiece offerings. In addition to the limited edition Les Voiles de St. Barth watch there is another version of the RM 60-01 here with green and red accents on a yellow strap so that you can compare how it looks to the newest limited edition model.
While the colors of the Richard Mille RM 60-01 Automatic Flyback Chronograph Regatta Les Voiles de St. Barth limited edition are playful and almost toy-like in their appearance, a simple glance at the watch is enough to allow you to appreciate that this is a serious wrist machine. The Richard Mille RM60-01 case is quite massive, measuring 50mm wide, with a steep thickness to match. With that said, the finely machined titanium case is impossibly comfortably on the wrist. I find that this is true of many Richard Mille timepieces – ergonomics are part of the value proposition, and you’ll never wear a watch so large that you’ll forget is there.

Richard Mille himself takes a more lackadaisical approach to discussing his watches and the regatta here in St. Barths, even though at heart, he is seriously emotionally invested in his products. The always relaxed racing enthusiast admits he is personally more interested in motorsports than boat racing, but the participation with Les Voiles de St. Barth has been a great success to him – especially because the Americas have proved one of Richard Mille’s most important markets, being run out of Los Angeles by John Simonian, who is Mille’s longtime friend and trusted distributor.

The Richard Mille RM 60-01 Automatic Flyback Chronograph Regatta L’ensemble des Voiles p St. Barth Special Edition watch are only available available within the Americas, including The United States, South Usa, and also the Caribbean. Unlike a few of the more niche-appeal regatta watches available the Richard Mille RM 60-01 Automatic Flyback Chronograph Regatta is really a relatively straight-forward watch with versatile use. As opposed to a devoted countdown timer style chronograph well-liked by some regatta watches, the Richard Mille RM 60-01 Automatic Flyback Chronograph Regatta includes a traditional chronograph, only one that unexpectedly happens to measure to 24 hrs. Really, that’s not entirely correct, because as the chronograph is working, there’s a method to utilize it like a countdown timer too. This really is using a clever style of the best subdial which works in the chronograph minutes tracker. As opposed to a hands it utilizes a disc. Browse the outdoors from the chrono minutes subdial and also you read minutes counting up to 60. Browse the inside disc and you will browse the minutes counting lower.

Other features in the automatic movement are GMT hand (with a dedicated pusher on the case to adjust the second time zone), a big date indicator, and a month indicator (it is an annual calendar). The case has a bi-directional rotating bezel used for navigation purposes, given the various compass and other markings on it, and the case also has a special crown locking ring rather than a screw-down ring.
Speaking of the rotating bezel – operating the bezel on the Richard Mille RM 60-01 Automatic Flyback Chronograph Regatta is a pleasure, as it turns and clicks with wonderful tactile feedback and sound. A close look at the bezel as well as other parts of the case and dial reveals how nicely printed the markers are in their bright colors.

Through the rear of the Richard Mille RM 60-01 Automatic Flyback Chronograph Regatta case is a view of the modern-looking automatic mechanical movement with its black-colored plates and distinct “spline screws” that Richard Mille is known for. Over the sapphire crystal window is a Les Voiles de St. Barth logo referring to the limited edition timepiece’s connection to the event.


Back to the dial, you, of course, have a skeletonized view of the movement, but legibility is assured thanks to proper texturing and application of crisp detailing (as well as, in this case, bright colors). This isn’t the first Richard Mille watch with colors to taunt away toddlers playing with Fisher Price toys, but in my opinion, the “extreme” color palette only adds to the niche appeal of limited edition models such as this.
You can’t blame the Richard Mille RM 60-01 Automatic Flyback Chronograph Regatta Les Voiles de St. Barth for not matching a suit. To sport this mega sports watch correctly, you’ll need to be perfectly comfortable in shorts. Attached to the case is a white high-quality rubber strap with titanium buckle. If this element proves too “bright” for daily wear, Richard Mille often sells alternative straps in a range of colors to fit the RM 60-01 case style.

While I have plenty of expenses that are of paramount importance before saving up for a Richard Mille, I am never shy to admit I am keen on the brand. It isn’t that I want to rock a Richard Mille to inform people I can afford one – not at all. It is rather than I really appreciate the approach Richard Mille takes to producing modern, mechanical sport watches, and they appeal to the watch lover in me. Unfortunately, it turns out that I have expensive tastes.
Your competition and celebration round the 2015 L’ensemble des Voiles p St. Barth are most likely enough to inspire a couple of dozen watch enthusiasts to look for the initial look and fun benefit of the Richard Mille RM 60-01 Automatic Flyback Chronograph Regatta designed for the wedding that’ll be created like a special edition of 100 pieces. It becomes an ultimate lifestyle watch, since it is the kind of luxury product which is not about gold or diamonds, however the mere celebration of the time, a location, a glance, as well as an activity for individuals individuals who can see it. Cost for that Richard Mille RM 60-01 Automatic Flyback Chronograph Regatta L’ensemble des Voiles p St. Barth Special Edition watch is $160,000.