Flash News: Richard Mille RM 011 Flyback Chronograph Black Phantom

By Thierry Ané on September 3, 2014

Some of you may remember the colourful RM 011 White Demon that Richard Mille introduced in January at the SIHH. This 30-piece limited edition played on the “white watches” trend but with the usual material twist the brand is so renowned for. Indeed, the red gold of the caseband may be a conventional material for luxury timepieces but the use of NTPT carbon to set the red gold chronograph pushers is surely less common. The most innovative element, though, both technically and aesthetically, is the presence of a white ATZ sand-blasted ceramic for the front (bezel) and back of this tripartite case. Paired with a white rubber strap and a skeletonized dial with red gold hands and contrasting red markings, the watch surely made a statement.

With the RM 011 Black Phantom unveiled this month, Richard Mille takes this flyback chronograph to an entirely different direction and proves it can be as beautiful when it is a bit conspicuous as when it plays the stealthy card. The new watch limited to 50 pieces for the North and South American markets belongs to another popular watch category at the antipodes of the RM 011 White Demon model: the all-black watches. This newfound discretion does not mean, however, that the watch has lost its technical edge: Richard Mille oblige, the watch also combines two new high-tech materials but this time in the deepest shades of black.

The centre caseband of the RM 011 Black Phantom is no longer made of glittering gold but rather crafted from NTPT carbon just like the crown and chronograph pushers. This incredibly strong and light material composed of multiple layers of parallel filaments obtained by dividing carbon fibres has been a clear favourite of the brand since its introduction in the RM 011 Flyback Chronograph NTPT Carbon last year that I have presented hereWatches: Richard Mille RM 011 Flyback Chronograph NTPT Carbon. For the front and back of the modular 50.00 x 40.00 x 16.15 mm tonneau-shaped case, Richard Mille opted for a black TZP ceramic with a matte finish for its resistance to scratches and corrosion.

With a black flange and black chronograph counters, the openwork dial is as gloomy as the rest of the watch. All the indications are white for optimal legibility and the skeleton hands also feature white luminescent material. The watch is mounted on black rubber secured by a black DLC titanium buckle. In terms of look, it may seem less avant-garde than the RM 011 White Demon but I suppose that many watch aficionados would find it easier to wear in all situations.

From a horological viewpoint, the watch houses the same outstanding movement as its predecessors. This self-winding skeletonized calibre with 55 hours of power reserve is equipped with the brand’s innovative adjustable rotor geometry system and features a chronograph with a flyback function. The watch also offers a very useful annual calendar with a large date and month indications by windows.

This limited edition will of course be available in all Richard Mille boutiques in North and South America but also at selected authorized retailers.

For more information please visit the Richard Mille web site.

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