For the 8th edition of Only Watch, to be held on the 9th November in Geneva, Richard Mille is offering a prototype of the RM 11-03 McLaren, an automatic flyback chronograph watch created in close collaboration with the car manufacturer’s engineers.
The design director at McLaren, Rob Melville, and Richard Mille engineers combined their know-how to meet a technical challenge: integrating in this McLaren watch the curves both aesthetic and functional, specific to the manufacturer, along with their stylistic codes.
The case of the RM 11-03 McLaren is made of Carbon TPT® interlaced with Orange Quartz TPT®, resulting in an extremely resistant and light-weight housing that also pays tribute to the brand’s history in a colour that is synonymous with McLaren. The Carbon TPT® enhances the mechanical performance of the RM 11-03 and provides resistance in harsh environments.
The titanium pushers fitted to the Carbon TPT® case echo the distinctive headlamp design of the McLaren 720S. Titanium inserts, recalling the iconic McLaren F1’s air-intake snorkel and bearing the McLaren logo, adorn the bezel. The complex grade 5 titanium crown is shaped like a McLaren lightweight wheel. Meanwhile, the McLaren Speedmark logo is incorporated into the rubber strap specifically developed for this edition.
Under the bonnet of the RM 11-03 beats the automatic RMAC3 calibre, first launched in 2016, with a flyback chronograph that is ready to literally race on the track. The instant return of the counter to zero makes it possible to quickly restart the stopwatch function. Powered by two barrels mounted in parallel and a balance wheel with variable inertia, the movement has a 55-hour power reserve. Barrel winding is ensured by a variable-geometry rotor that enables personalised winding adjusted to the wearer’s activity level, further evidence of Richard Mille’s characteristic attentiveness.
The fact that a race car’s chassis must always exhibit tremendous torque resistance while remaining light in weight inspired the brand, which adopted these requirements as its own in producing the baseplate and bridges for this calibre, crafted of PVD-treated grade 5 titanium to ensure the requisite stiffness and perfect functioning of the going train. The satin-finish grade 5 titanium upper bridge further accentuates the depth of the calibre, creating a visual trajectory around the annual calendar and oversized date as well as the 12-hour chronograph and countdown counters.
In addition to the RM 11-03 McLaren prototype, the buyer will receive from McLaren a tailor-made official driver’s racing overall, a ‘Pure McLaren Experience’ driving day with test pilot Bruno Senna, as well as a private tour of the McLaren Technology Centre, their famous headquarters and production site in Woking, England.