What it is
With this being the fifth year of the partnership between Richard Mille and British performance carmaker McLaren, it’s no surprise that a special collaborative timepiece was recently unveiled. Inspired by McLaren’s fastest car to date, the RM 40-01 Automatic Tourbillon McLaren Speedtail is the third watch to be born of this union, following two prior collaborative pieces – the RM 50-03 Tourbillon Split Seconds Chronograph and the RM 11-03 Automatic Chronograph.
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How it looks
Taking its cues from the McLaren Speedtail, the case features a curved structure that is broader at 12 o’clock than 6 o’clock and has a further tapering between the bezel and caseback. The front and back bezels are titanium and the case band is crafted from lightweight Carbon TPT. This unique form echoes the dynamic, teardrop- inspired shape of the car that also inspired case details such as bezel indentations resembling bonnet openings. This shape also required the development of a new movement that perfectly fits the case and a specially shaped sapphire glass. Featuring the extensive use of grade 5 titanium, the new CRMT4 automatic-tourbillon movement is elaborately finished.
How it wears
Measuring 48.25 by 41.8 by 14.15mm, the watch has slightly smaller dimensions compared to the RM 11-03. Fans know what to expect from its timepieces. They are not meant to be hidden under a dress shirt and despite their substantial wrist presence, they wear comfortably because of their light weight and ergonomic curves. To match the production run of the McLaren Speedtail, only 106 pieces will be made.
MOVEMENT: Automatic tourbillon Calibre CRMT4 with 50 hours of power reserve
CASE: 48.25 x 41.8 x 14.15mm in titanium and Carbon TPT
PRICE: 900,000 Swiss francs (S$1.3 million) before taxes