Baselworld 2012: Behold the Richard Mille RM039 Aviation E6-B Watch — one of three new models unveiled today by ultra-exclusive watchmaker Richard Mille. The man has not only been busy but extraordinarily creative as of late — this RM039 Aviation watch is actually a tourbillon flyback movement coupled with a slide-rule calculator! What?!?! Oh yea, that’s right — here’s the deal:
The RM 039 AVIATION E6-B 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. This round slide rule, incorporated into the bidirectional rotating bezel, can be used to read off 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). The RM 039 tourbillon caliber is also equipped with a UTC hand, a countdown mode, an oversize date at 12 o’clock and a function selector. The tourbillon movement drives a flyback chronograph featuring an exclusive design.
Now while I’ve always found Mille’s exposed dials to be challenging to read, this watch really takes the cake — man is there a lot to sort through (visually) on this watch! I give credit to Mille for placing an essential Pilot’s tool (the E6B slide calculator) alongside a tourbillon and flyback chrono, but let’s be honest — this is not your average every day pilot’s watch.
Richard Mille RM039 Aviation E6-B Watch
limited edition 30 pieces
titanium case and lugs, visual madness all around