Richard Mille and McLaren Automotive have revealed their first jointly-commissioned watch.
The RM 11-03 McLaren Automatic Flyback Chronograph, is limited to just 500 pieces globally and priced at 180,000CHF plus tax (AED698,947) and will be mainly be made available (at least initially) to McLaren Ultimate Series clients.
It was created in collaboration between the McLaren design director Rob Melville and Richard Mille engineer Fabrice Namura, and in the result of a partnership between the brands uniting a mutual interest in unique design that use of new materials and modern craftsmanship.
“The idea was to take on a real technical challenge, and come up with something other than a mere dial with an inscription, for example. I find the 720S designed by
Rob Melville mesmerizing and beautiful, and we wanted to give the RM 11-03 McLaren curves that were similarly both aesthetic and functional,” says Namura. These influences, as well as design cues borrowed from McLaren’s range of luxury sports and super cars, are reflected in this special timepiece.
The case of the RM 11-03 McLaren is made of carbon interlaced with orange quartz, resulting in an extremely resistant and lightweight case while paying tribute to a color that is synonymous with McLaren.
The carbon enhances the mechanical performance of the RM 11-03 and offers resistance to harsh environments, while the titanium pushers fitted to the 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. While the McLaren speedmark logo is incorporated on the rubber strap specially developed for this edition.