More often than not when I look at a Richard Mille creation for the first time I have the sensation of being completely overwhelmed. Visually…emotionally…mentally? It almost feels like my brain simply cannot keep up with the processing of all the new stimuli it is receiving. Such was my experience, not entirely unexpected admittedly, with the new RM 039 Aviator E6-B Tourbillon Flyback watch, a timepiece I can only describe as, well; challenging.
It’s Complicated – Literally
The name in and of itself should be a dead giveaway that this is not your run-of-the-mill, everyday watch, not by a long shot. Unless of course you’re a pilot with exceptional eyesight, a genius IQ and very, very deep pockets in which case congratulations, you have found what you’ve been looking for!
According to the brand the RM 039 AVIATION E6-B (even in its abbreviated form it’s still a mouthful!) displays much of the same information provided by the famous E6-B flight computer, which was invented in the United States by Naval Lieutenant Philip Dalton during the 1930s. Light-hearted criticisms aside that is actually pretty impressive although by no means revolutionary.
Using the round slide rule incorporated into the bidirectional rotating bezel, savvy pilots can read off (I use the term ‘read’ loosely here) and calculate fuel burn, flight times, ground speed, density altitude or wind correction, as well as the fast conversion of units of measurement (Naut/KM/Gallons/Liters/Feet/KG/LBS).
But that’s not all; the tourbillon caliber is also equipped with a UTC hand, a countdown mode, an oversize date at 12 o’clock, a function selector and of course a fly-back chronograph.
All of this works together to make one very complicated looking timepiece, which I, without wishing to be disrespectful, would suggest requires a separate University degree just to learn how to read. About the only thing you can decipher from a quick glance at the dial is the time (i.e. hour and minutes indication) however that’s assuming that your brain is able to overcome the high risk of sensory overload inherent in every furtive look.
Of course the flip side of that is that there are an incredible amount of interesting functions to play with on this timepiece. I promise you that you will never get bored of looking at the dial and who knows, you may even begin to enjoy it after a while, especially when you baffle your friends with your incredible deciphering abilities!
The RM 039 Aviation E6-B Watch is a limited edition of just 30 pieces and is presented in a titanium case.
The Final Word
One of the things I really admire about Richard Mille is that they are always true to the brand’s DNA. They make technically advanced timepieces that really push the boundaries of innovation and creativity. Whilst I couldn’t see myself wearing many of their creations I can still appreciate the level of ingenuity that goes into conceiving each one and the RM 039 Aviation E6-B is no exception. Make no mistake, legibility aside this is a top quality timepiece, melding cutting-edge technology with distinctive style and I think that’s kind of cool.
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