When you start looking at what you can do with the various scales printed on the two bezels, the genius of the Richard Mille RM039 Aviation E6-B Flyback Chronograph Replica Watch  becomes apparent. This is the instrument panel in a modern aircraft, sitting on your wrist. If you thought you’d seen Richard Mille push the limits of what a luxe sports watch can do already, the Richard Mille RM039 will make you realise that until now, he’d only been warming up.

Some might say they’re machines that don’t know when to hold back: wild watches, which purely embody the spirit of invention. And never has the inspired madness of his brand been more evident than in the Richard Mille RM039 Chronograph Replica Watch.

Richard Mille RM039 Aviation E6-B Flyback Chronograph

Combining mechanical function with graphical measurements, this luxury watch enables the wearer to calculate altitude, flight speed in relation to air temperature and altitude, and aeronautical measurements including kilometres, litres, nautical and statute miles, US gallons, imperial gallons, metres, feet, kilograms, and pounds. Like I said: it’s a cockpit on your wrist. The irony is that a professional pilot has a much less confusing array of instruments (fixed in the cockpit), which are able to perform those calculations, probably more accurately, on his or her behalf. And then there’s the fact that some of the readings the RM039 is able to give will only make sense if the watch is strapped to the nose cone of the plane—air temperature, for example, or density and altitude.

On the rotating bezel (there are two bezels on this luxury watch, one fixed and one moving), you’ll find the legend ‘FLIGHT INSTRUMENT’ printed in bright yellow. And it is this legend that really explains everything the Richard Mille RM039 Replica Watch is about. Don’t think of it as a timepiece. Don’t even think of it as a machine with a single purpose.

According to the specs on the Richard Mille website, the RM039 manually-wound calibre is a tourbillon movement with flyback chrono, central hours and minutes, seconds subdial at 6 o’clock, UTC (GMT) function, oversize date, function selector, and power reserve indicator. And that’s just the mechanics of the thing.

Of course, only a professional pilot is capable of deciphering all the calculations the Richard Mille RM039 Aviation is able to make. In a pressurised cabin, the readings won’t make sense, and can’t be used to calculate anything meaningful. Of course, only a professional pilot is capable of deciphering all the calculations the Richard Mille Replica Watch is able to make. The irony is that a professional pilot has a much less confusing array of instruments (fixed in the cockpit), which are able to perform those calculations, probably more accurately, on his or her behalf. And then there’s the fact that some of the readings the RM039 is able to give will only make sense if the watch is strapped to the nose cone of the plane—air temperature, for example, or density and altitude. In a pressurised cabin, the readings won’t make sense, and can’t be used to calculate anything meaningful.