There are flight watches. And then there are Aviation Watches. Richard Mille‘s RM 39-01 is the Aviator’s Watch. With aviation and aeronautics as inspiration for its design, Richard Mille used no fewer than 1,000 components to demonstrate that mechanical power can in fact be as beautiful as it is functional, essentially creating a highly technical watch that is a modern interpretation of the E6B slide rule. The E6B slide rule is a device all too familiar to any experienced pilot, which can be used to help with several complex indications, such as fuel consumption, flight times, ground speed, altitude, and wind influence across a series of units of measure. Obviously, this highly complex watch and bezel required a lot of research (and skill) to create in addition to incorporating the usual time-keeping functions, including a date function chronograph, and alarms. All told, the Richard Mille RM 39-01 Automatic Aviation watch is the perfect and beautiful blend of aeronautics with the art of watch making. Making its debut at this year’s BASELWORLD, expect the RM 39-01 to go on sale in the coming months.