The Richard Mille RM 63-01 features a novel complication that is designed to suspend time, so to speak. The “Dizzy Hands” function, which Richard Mille refers to as a “horological art complication,” allows the wearer, at the press of a button on the crown, to cause the sapphire hour disc to begin a counterclockwise rotation – at the same time, the hour hand continues in a clockwise direction, but at a different speed. The result, is a temporary suspension of time — and a break from reality. Press the crown pusher again, and the sapphire hour ring and hand return to their normal position.

A column-wheel (typically used to actuate a chronograph) positioned a 1 o’clock, and visible through the dial, actuates the rotation of the sapphire hour disc and hour hand. The hammer, visible at 3 o’clock, triggers the reset of the hour disc and hand, to the normal timekeeping mode.

The 5N gold case measures 42.70 mm x 11.70 mm. Inside, is caliber CRMA3, a self-winding movement with 35 jewels, a 4Hz frequency and a 50-hour power reserve. The main plate and bridges are made of grade 5 titanium with an electroplasma treatment that gives rigidity to the parts. The movement also features micro blasted anglage, milled section and sinks.

There is not much utility in a complication that temporarily scrambles your watch’s timekeeping abilities. It is counterintuitive to what you would typically expect from a watch complication, then again, that is the point.
Ref. RM 63-01

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Jason Pitsch is the Founder of Professional Watches. He specializes in reporting on the watch industry and is interested in continually learning about all aspects of watchmaking craftsmanship, history, and design.