At the 88th Geneva Motor Show, which will be unveiled on March 7, 2018, Richard Mille, CEO of RICHARD MILLE, and Mike Flewitt, CEO of McLaren Automotive Hosted a reception and released the first limited timepiece designed and built together-RM 11-03 McLaren Automatic Flyback Chronograph. The watch is limited to 500 pieces worldwide, priced at 180,000 Swiss francs (tax included), and is given priority to customers of the McLaren Ultimate series.
Since the two parties established a partnership last year, the RM 11-03 McLaren Automatic Flyback Chronograph has been under development. RICHARD MILLE engineer Fabrice Namura worked closely with McLaren design director Rob Melville to work together to apply innovative materials and modern craftsmanship to inject unique designs into the collaborative watch. ‘This idea means accepting a real technical challenge and conceiving a new idea that is different from the decorative inscription on the dial.’ I find the McLaren 720S supercar designed by Rob Melville attractive and charming. We want to give RM 11-03 McLaren Aaron’s automatic flyback chronograph has similar curves that balance aesthetics and functionality, ‘said Fabrice Namura. These influences, as well as design elements borrowed from McLaren’s luxury sports and supercars, are reflected in special collaboration watches.
The case of the RM 11-03 McLaren Automatic Flyback Chronograph is made of TPT® carbon fiber and orange TPT® quartz fiber. It is lightweight and extremely durable, while paying tribute to the McLaren logo color scheme. TPT® carbon fiber reinforces the mechanical properties of the RM 11-03 McLaren Automatic Flyback Chronograph, making it resistant to harsh environments.
The titanium button on the TPT® carbon fiber case echoes the unique headlight design of the McLaren 720S supercar. Titanium inlay with decorative bezel, with McLaren logo, similar in shape to the intake pipe of a classic McLaren F1 car. Intricate Tier 5 titanium crown, like McLaren’s lightweight wheels. The McLaren Speedmark logo is integrated into a rubber strap specially developed for the timepiece.
Under the hood of the RM 11-03 McLaren automatic flyback chronograph, it is equipped with the RMAC3 automatic movement, which was first introduced in 2016. This movement is equipped with a flyback timing function to prepare for galloping the race track. Quickly restart the time with the flyback function to zero instantly. The movement is driven by side-by-side dual springs and a variable inertia balance, with a power reserve of up to 55 hours. The winding of the mainspring is ensured by a variable geometry automatic disc. Its characteristics are that it can be effectively adjusted according to the movement of the wearer, which further proves the ingenuity of RICHARD MILLE. In fact, the racing chassis must always be able to transmit huge torques while maintaining a lightweight texture. This inspired the brand to comply with the same standards when manufacturing PVD-coated Grade 5 titanium alloy base plates and bridge plates to ensure the necessary strength and perfect performance of the running gear train. The satin-finished grade 5 titanium alloy upper bridge plate further highlights the depth of the movement, surrounding the annual calendar, oversized calendar, 12-hour cumulative chronograph and countdown display, creating a clear visual trajectory.
With such excellent technical performance, the new RM 11-03 McLaren Automatic Flyback Chronograph will be glorified at the McLaren booth at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. The new watches will be exclusively available at RICHARD MILLE stores, with priority to customers of the McLaren Ultimate series. McLaren customers will also have the opportunity to purchase the RM 11-03 McLaren Automatic Flyback Chronograph according to the Ultimate model number (1-500).