Mclaren Honda, in collaboration with timepiece partner Richard Mille, have created a one-off Graphene inspired livery to celebrate the launch of the special edition Mclaren RM 50-03.
The RM 50-03 Tourbillon Splits Seconds Chronograph Ultralight McLaren F1 weighs less than 40 grams, making it the lightest mechanical chronograph ever made. It’s a landmark that’s been achieved through the use of cutting-edge technical materials – titanium, carbon-fibre, and the introduction of an entirely new material into the world of watchmaking: Graph TPT, composed of Carbon TPT and a newly discovered material called graphene.
Speaking at the launch, held at the SIHH event in Geneva, Richard Mille, CEO of Richard Mille Watches, said:
“We couldn’t have dreamt of a more fitting partner in terms of image than McLaren. It’s an organisation that strives to achieve perfection – whether it be in research and development, aesthetics or execution, right down to the smallest detail. With our 10-year partnership, we’re really only at the beginning of exploiting the opportunities and know-how that exists between both our companies.”
Zak Brown, Executive Director of McLaren, added:
“We’re absolutely delighted to be able to celebrate the collaboration between McLaren and Richard Mille with such a stunning and cutting-edge piece of watchmaking. The RM 50-03 really is a world-first: the lightest mechanical chronograph ever made, and the first watch in the world to incorporate graphene. Like McLaren, the Richard Mille brand is all about seizing every opportunity to challenge our prevailing notions about technology: in such a short period of time, Richard and his team have created a unique niche for themselves in the horological world, and this new watch pushes them even further ahead of their contemporaries.”
The RM 50-03 McLaren F1 will be produced in a numbered limited edition of 75 pieces and will be available only at Richard Mille boutiques. Each watch will be accompanied by a 1:5 scale model of the 2017 McLaren-Honda car driven by double-world champion Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne.
Further information on the Mclaren Richard Mille partnership and details on the RM 50-30 can be found here.
Fans will be hopeful that with a refreshed management structure, Mclaren will take inspiration from this one off livery when signing off plans for the 2017 vision for the racing livery.