UNREMITTING R&D EFFORTS
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.
However, the New Zealand-born constructor’s career apotheosis was to come at the 1968 Belgian Grand Prix, where he took first place in a car bearing his name.
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. 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.
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.
Under the bonnet of the RM 11-03 beats a flyback chronograph ready to literally race on the track. The instant return of the counter to zero makes it possible to quickly restart the stopwatch function.
OVERSIZE DATE DISPLAY
Semi-instantaneous, placed in a red horizontal aperture below 12 o’clock with automatic adjustment for months of 30 or 31 days.
Semi-instantaneous indicator with Arabic numerals placed between 4 and 5 o’clock.
Movement dimensions: 30.25 x 28.45 mm
Thickness: 9.00 mm
Number of jewels: 68
Barrel arbor: AP 20 steel
Balance: Glucydur®, 4 arms, moment of inertia 4.8 mg•cm2, angle of lift 53º
Frequency: 28’800 vph (4 Hz)
Balance spring: AK3
Shock protection: INCABLOC 908.22.211.100 (transparent)
Escapement wheel jewels: Rubifix (transparent)
Stem with three positions: manual winding, date, hand setting
CASE IN CARBON TPT® AND ORANGE QUARTZ TPT®
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 600 layers of parallel filaments obtained by dividing carbon fibre or silica threads. These layers, with a maximum thickness of 45 microns, are impregnated with matrix then woven on a special machine that modifies the direction of the weft by 45° between layers (Quartz TPT® layers are saturated in an orange matrix developed especially for Richard Mille).
The tripartite case of the RM 11-03 is water resistant to 50 metres, ensured by two Nitrile O-ring seals. The case is assembled using 20 spline screws in grade 5 titanium and abrasion resistant washers made of 316L stainless steel.