These highly sophisticated calibres, which are always record-breaking marvels of technical prowess and expressions of modernity in their lines, are constantly redefining tomorrow’s horology.
Bruce McLaren first discovered the exhilarating sensation of driving as a child in New Zealand, taking a soapbox of his own design for runs down the verdant hills around Auckland. Today, nearly 50 years after his death, the name of this mechanic’s son remains forever associated with one of the greatest teams in Formula 1, and with a line of exclusive prestige sports cars.
Barely out of his teens, Bruce had a fairly clear idea of what he wanted to do in life: to drive racing cars as fast as possible, certainly, but above all, to have these be of his own design. Starting at the age of 14, he began entering hillclimbing events.
Then, with the blessing and support of his parents, who could relate to his passion, he enrolled in an event for young drivers, where he prevailed, winning a scholarship to go test his talent against the stiff competition in England.
Bruce began his first trials in single-seaters, systematically taking it upon himself to adapt the cars to his needs with a sure sense of mechanics.
Precocious both as a driver and an engineer, Bruce McLaren became, at 22, the youngest driver ever to win a Formula 1 Grand Prix, in 1959.
His record was toppled only 44 years later, by Fernando Alonso—today a driver at none other than McLaren.
In the early sixties, Jack Brabham, who had left Cooper to establish his own team, enabled Bruce to become lead driver for the British team, but McLaren remained fixated on the idea of driving his own cars.
McLaren’s Can-Am cars proved unbeatable, and attracted a substantial clientele that ensured the revenues needed for his Formula 1 project.
However, the New Zealand-born constructor’s career apotheosis was to come at the 1968 Belgian Grand Prix, where Bruce McLaren took first place in a car bearing his name.
From that day forward, connoisseurs were convinced by the cars in their livery of ‘papaya’ orange —a colour Bruce selected to make them more identifiable on the track.
Their reputation was in no small part due to the character of their constructor. After this first McLaren Formula 1 victory, Bruce set his sights on the world title, but his thoughts were mostly of a sports car that could compete with the reigning monarchs of the road from Ferrari, Aston Martin and Jaguar.
Sadly, he did not have time to bring this dream to fruition. In the spring of 1970, Bruce McLaren was the victim of a fatal crash on the Goodwood Circuit during trials of one of his prototypes.
Despite this tragedy, the team that bears his name survived. Not only that, but the South African engineer Gordon Murray, would, with the help of thirty or so technicians, finally realise the ambition of the brand’s creator in 1993, designing the first ever McLaren road car, produced in an edition of just over a hundred cars.
This was the car that ushered in a dynasty of prestigious Supercars of which the 720S is the latest scion.
— Bruce McLaren
— Bruce McLaren
Formula 1 M2B
In spring of 1966, Bruce McLaren achieved one of his dreams, lining up for the Monaco Grand Prix at the wheel of the first single-seater ever to bear his name.
The McLaren M2B, an aluminium-alloy monohull with a mid-engine design, was imagined by Englishman Robin Herd. Unfortunately, McLaren was obliged to retire the M2B despite its promising performance, due to an oil leak.
Formula 1 M7A
It was in this now-legendary single-seater, the M7A,
that Bruce McLaren claimed his first and only Grand Prix victory driving a car bearing his name.
The company’s signi cant efforts in aerodynamics and cooling bore fruit on the high-speed track at Spa-Francorchamps.
Designed for North America’s Can-Am championship, which had its heyday during the 1970s, the McLaren M8F, boasting a V8 engine that could churn out up to 750 hp, would prove durably unbeatable among its kind, amassing over 50 victories.
As a constructor, McLaren could hardly ignore the legendary Indianapolis 500.
As early as 1974, the M16C, powered by an Offenhauser engine, prevailed in the 800-kilometre sprint with Johnny Rutherford at the wheel of a vehicle sporting his famous ‘papaya’ orange livery.
Formula 1 M23
The M23 was the first single-seater designed by Gordon Coppuck, making its Formula 1 debut in 1973. Many were the clients who ocked to buy this model, but it was the world championship titles earned by Emerson Fittipaldi in 1974 and James Hunt in 1976 that brought lasting fame to the M23 and its highly recognizable nose.
Formula 1 MP4/1
The revolution begins! This was the first McLaren designed by the brilliant John Barnard, in 1981, with a body entirely made of carbon fibre composite, a material simultaneously light, rigid and tough.
The MP4/1 series also launched a period of triumph for the British Formula 1 team, with Ron Dennis at the helm.
In both cases, almost all development is conducted in-house, from engineering through laboratory testing, from initial sketch through assembly -the two partners are well matched indeed.
Skeletonised automatic winding movement with adjustable rotor geometry offering hours, minutes, seconds, flyback chronograph, 60-minute countdown timer at 9 o’clock, 12-hour totalizer, oversize date, month indicator and rotor with variable geometry.
30.25 x 28.45 mm
Thickness: 9.00 mm
Fitted to the Carbon TPT® caseband, echo the design of the headlights on the 720S.
Carbon TPT® and orange Quartz TPT® are exclusive material with a unique appearance. Their remarkable surface displays extremely regular undulations, as they are composed of multiple layers of parallel laments obtained by dividing carbon ber or silica threads.
These layers, with a maximum thickness of 45 microns, are impregnated with resin then woven on a special machine that modifies the direction of the weft by 45° between layers (Quartz TPT® layers are saturated in a orange resin developed specially for Richard Mille).
Similar in shape to the iconic McLaren F1’s air vents and bearing the Richard Mille logo adorn the bezel.
Brilliantly summarizes this styling process, reproducing true to life the wheel trim of the new McLaren.
While the chronograph function is activated, the hours and minutes show up the elapsed time thanks to the counter at 6 and 9 o’clock, the seconds are indicated by the central hands.
Function: The user can start or stop the chronograph function via the pusher located between 1 and 2 o’clock.
The flyback function can be continuously reset by depressing the pusher located between 4 and 5 o’clock.
This exclusive Richard Mille design allows the rewinding of the mainspring to be adapted most effectively to the user’s activity level whether it be sporting or nonsporting environments.
By adjusting the setting of the rib’s placement, the rotor’s inertia is modified to either speed up the winding process in the case of leisurely arm movements, or slow it down when sporting activities are pursued.
As a result, this invention allows the movement’s winding mechanism to be optimised and personalised to the owner’s lifestyle.
— Richard Mille
— Richard Mille
Semi-instantaneous, placed in a red outlined horizontal aperture under 12 o’clock with automatic adjustment for months of 30 or 31 days.
Semi-instantaneous indicate with Arabic numerals, placed between 4 and 5 o’clock.
Circa 50 hours (+/- 10%). Actual power reserve results will depend on the period of time the chronograph is utilised.
in grade 5 titanium for the bridges and case.
This permits better control of the torque applied to the screws during assembly.
These screws are therefore unaffected by physical manipulation during assembly or disassembly and age well.
The baseplate and the bridges are crafted of grade 5 titanium, a biocompatible, highly corrosion-resistant and remarkably rigid alloy, which enables the gear train to function effortlessly.
The alloy is 90% grade 5 titanium, 6% aluminium and 4% vanadium.
This combination further increases the material’s mechanical properties, which explains its frequent use in the aerospace, aeronautical and automobile industries.
The baseplate of the RMAC3 calibre has been optimised to achieve an extremely low weight/resistance ratio.
The skeletonised baseplate and the bridges have been subjected to intensive and complete validation tests to optimise their resistance capacities.
Free sprung balance with variable inertia
This type of balance wheel represents the ultimate in innovation. It guarantees greater reliability when subjected to shocks and also during movement assembly and disassembly, hence better chronometric results over time.
The regulator index is eliminated and a more accurate and repeatable calibration is possible thanks to 4 small adjustable weights located directly on the balance.
Double barrel system
The double barrel system contributes to the torque stability over a longer period. This is achieved by using more rotations of the barrel, there by reducing pressure and wear on the teeth, bearings and pivots, hence an improved long-term performance.