McLaren Automotive and Richard Mille have revealed their first jointly commissioned timepiece. The RM 11-03 McLaren Automatic Flyback Chronograph was unveiled at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show, during a reception hosted by McLaren Automotive CEO Mike Flewitt and Richard Mille CEO Richard Mille.
Limited to just 500 pieces globally and priced at 180,000CHF (S$250,740) plus tax, the watch will be made available mainly to McLaren Ultimate Series clients.
The RM 11-03 McLaren, created in close collaboration between McLaren Design Director Rob Melville and Richard Mille Engineer Fabrice Namura, has been in development since McLaren Automotive and Richard Mille partnered last year, uniting a mutual interest in unique design, the use of new materials and modern craftsmanship. These influences, as well as design cues taken from McLaren’s range of luxury sports cars and super cars, are reflected in this special timepiece.
The case of the RM 11-03 McLaren is made of Carbon TPT interlaced with Orange Quartz TPT, resulting in an extremely resistant and lightweight case while paying tribute to a colour that is synonymous with McLaren. The Carbon TPT enhances the mechanical performance of the RM 11-03 and offers resistance to harsh environments.
The titanium pushers fitted to the Carbon TPT case echo the design of the distinctive headlights of the McLaren 720S. Titanium inserts, similar in shape to 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 and the McLaren Speedmark logo is incorporated into the rubber strap specifically developed for this watch.
The RM 11-03 McLaren features Richard Mille’s automatic RMAC3 calibre mechanism, with a flyback chronograph and 55-hour power reserve. The instant return of the counter to zero makes it possible to quickly restart the stopwatch function.
Richard Mille created a baseplate and bridges for the RM 11-03 McLaren made from PVD-treated grade 5 titanium, enabling the geartrain to function effortlessly. The dial features an annual calendar and oversized date, as well as a 12-hour chronograph and countdown counters.