Tourbillon watches are for Richard Mille what Formula 1 vehicles are for McLaren, a technical crucible from which to extract innovation.
After the announcement of the partnership with McLaren Racing, Richard Mille has been building up the collaboration with the McLaren Group, more specifically working with McLaren Automotive since 2017.
The partnership has grown over time and felt natural, simply because both share the same goal —the pursuit of perfection achieved through attention to technical detail. Richard Mille and McLaren maintain a joined-up approach towards the constant quest for perfection that includes unswerving attention to detail and the use of exotic materials when required.
‘These objects are something you choose because of the excitement, it transcends logic.’
Mike Flewitt, CEO of McLaren Automotive.
Launched in 2010, the company is now a major part of the McLaren Group. Creator of luxury, high-performance sportscars and supercars. McLaren Automotive creations aim to incorporate a maximum number of Formula 1 technologies and developments into their racing and ‘touring’ cars.
2017 saw the company launch further models including the second-generation Super Series, the 570S Spider and the McLaren Senna. In 2018, it launched the 600LT and the incredible McLaren Speedtail, their first ever Hyper-GT, the most aerodynamically efficient car ever and the fastest McLaren to date.
The first watch made with McLaren F1 attracted headlines worldwide as the world’s lightest chronograph ever. Only 75 were produced. The second timepiece made with McLaren Automotive, the RM 11-03, was issued in a wider, but still very limited edition of 500.
‘There are so many similarities in the way we approach a problem, such as saving weight, reducing vibrational impact and resistance. Richard Mille really sets out to take performance to extremes, as do we.’
Rob Melville, McLaren Automotive’s Head Designer
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