The Richard Mille RM 011-03 McLaren timepiece was released in 2018, marking the first collaboration between Richard Mille and McLaren, and many collaborations are expected. The two organizations formally cooperated in 2017, representing huge wealth and are leading brands in their respective fields. It is natural for the best of the best partners to collaborate to create something truly unique.
The birth of Richard Mille RM 011-03 is the shared vision of McLaren design director Rob Melville and Richard Mille engineer Fabrice Namura. The watch itself represents a style and innovation, and is synonymous with McLaren and Richard Mille. It is refreshing to see the obvious influence of McLaren in RM 011-03. Initially it will be offered to customers of McLaren Ultimate Series. Essentially, if you buy a car, you will get the first right of purchase on the watch with the same number. As expected, due to the limited number of cars and watches, availability is severely insufficient.
RM 011-03 not only represents a special partnership (formally signed until 2027), but also represents the pinnacle of two innovation and performance-driven companies. The “engine” of the watch uses the extraordinary RMAC3 movement officially released in 2016. As far as sports movements are concerned, this is the best choice you can do, with a flyback chronograph and an amazing 55-hour power reserve.
The interior and exterior of McLaren cars clearly reflect the aesthetic style of the watch. Although Richard Mille combines carbon technology, it uses technology and lightweight materials. In this case, carbon TPT is intertwined with orange quartz TPT, reflecting the materials McLaren uses to make high-performance cars.
The impact of McLaren on RM 011-03 is also a revelation worth seeing. The headlights of the iconic McLaren 720S use titanium buttons, and the titanium inserts are inspired by the intake air pipes of the McLaren F1. Richard Mille’s innovative grade 5 titanium crown draws inspiration from McLaren wheels, which is undoubtedly a very nice touch.