This year’s edition of Le Mans Classic is set to take place from 9th to 11th July. Swiss watch brand Richard Mille will be on hand for the fifth time, not only as primary sponsor but as the official time keeper of the event, which has become one of the most spectacular displays of collectible automobiles in the world. The brand will launch at this event the RM 010 Le Mans Classic limited edition.
RM 010 Le Mans Classic
For the Fifth Edition of Le Mans Classic, Richard Mille unveils a new limited edition model, the RM 010 Le Mans Classic. This watch flaunts a ground-breaking feature of 24-hour format time displayed at the two o’clock mark. Such technical refinement pays fitting homage to Le Mans Classic and to the four hundred automobiles and drivers and who will relay during the 24 hours of the event. The RM 010 wears the colours of the historic race, sporting a green upper flange and a white minutes flange, in carbon fibre.
The RM 010 Le Mans Classic boasts automatic winding skeleton movement with an integrated variable-geometry rotor, an exclusive Richard Mille concept which allows the automatic winding to adapt to the wearer’s activity. Each watch is assembled and finished entirely by hand: the barrel-shaped casing alone requires 202 distinct factory operations. The watch’s design and construction are the result of an overall approach encompassing movement, casing and face. It is an approach comparable to the creation of a racing car, whereby chassis, motor and body are conceived in total cohesion, the sole objective being optimal efficiency.
Mechanical self-winding movement
Dimensions: 48.00 mm x 39.70 mm x 12.60 mm
Functions: hours, minutes, seconds, date. 24-hour display at 2 o’clock
Rotor with variable geometry
Power reserve: 55 hours
Water resistant to 50 metres
Limited-edition of 150 pieces, available in titanium, white gold, red gold
Richard Mille is the Le Mans Classic main sponsor since the first edition, in 2002. This international event revives over eighty years of motor sport history on the 13 kilometre long Le Mans circuit and welcomes the cars and drivers who wrote the legend of the most famous race in the world. The race becomes the gathering for automobile lovers everywhere, in 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008. Editions of the event just roll on each one breaking attendance records.
Richard Mille is present at all of them and his team proudly waving his colours. Since that first edition, Richard Mille’s involvement in the Le Mans Classic is equal to the passion he holds for automobile racing. From Formula 1, where research in the pursuit of the ultimate performance is the primary source of inspiration for the creation of his watches, to the historical competition cars whose engineering and craftsmanship he greatly admires. His watches are the perfect combination of extreme technical prowess, for which the search for revolutionary materials is vital to increasing the rigidity while reducing the weight of the watch, with an assembly and finishing process done completely by hand; the quintessence of fine Swiss watch making.