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Caribbean yacht teams were off to the races last week, when Les Voiles de Saint Barth—Saint Barth’s annual sailing race—kicked off its sixth edition. The principal partner since its inception, Richard Mille, celebrated with something useful and new. With over 1,000 yachtsmen and women in attendance, including some of the biggest names in sailing (Loïc Peyron, Terry Hutchinson), the waters were a raceway for one of the most prestigious yacht battles, but on land, there was much a different island vibe.
Richard Mille unveiled a very unique series of timepieces, the RM 60-01 Regatta Flyback Chronographs, in both of the competition colors for this year’s race. Inspired by extreme performance, avant-garde technology, artistic vision, and the tradition of watchmaking, this grade 5 titanium flyback caliber is automatically driven by the RM 60-01. Designed for competitive sailing, it is truly a beautiful watch, equipped with some brilliant design and materials.
But it truly only operates as intended on two vital pieces of data: the local time and the sun’s current position. By pointing your watch-adorned wrist toward the sun, and setting your local time on the bezel, the RM 60-01’s latter will register your longitude and latitude compass points in both the northern and southern hemispheres. Extra features, such as the countdown timer, and a handy patented locking crown, boost this sailing watch to the next knot, and prove it is not just a timepiece for skippers.
This limited edition of only 100 pieces, is available only to North and South America.