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Formula One: Mclaren launch RM 50-03

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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.

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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.

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Formula One: Richard Mille joins Mclaren

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McLaren-Honda is delighted to announce a new 10 year  partnership with luxury watchmaking brand Richard Mille.

It is a perfectly balanced partnership: both brands share a passion for modern technology, cutting-edge design and precision engineering.

The Swiss brand, a relative newcomer to the watchmaking world, started making watches in 2001 but quickly established itself as one of the pre-eminent players within the industry, developing a unique, immediately recognisable architectural aesthetic. Founder and CEO Richard Mille continues obsessively to push the limits of haute horlogerie, his engineers creating increasingly intricate, innovative and elaborate designs.

In comparison, McLaren has established itself as one of grand prix racing’s most successful and enduring names, having won 20 world championships and 182 grands prix. This year, the team will celebrate its 50th anniversary on the Formula 1 grid (founder Bruce McLaren first raced a car bearing his own name in a grand prix at Monaco in 1966), while pushing hard to return to the front with works engine partner Honda.

The partnership will see Richard Mille timepieces grace the wrists of the team’s world champion drivers Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button, distinctive branding appear on the new MP4-31 car, and a commitment to develop a unique and exclusive series of exceptional calibres inspired by the tremendous heritage of the McLaren brand.

Richard Mille, Chairman and CEO, Richard Mille Horometrie SA, said:

“As both a passionate aficionado and long-time advocate of international motorsport, I’m incredibly pleased and proud to be able to announce our new partnership with McLaren-Honda.

“The McLaren brand has existed at the very pinnacle of Formula 1 racing for 50 years, and its reputation for continual technical innovation, painstaking attention to detail and race-winning success perfectly matches the philosophy of the Richard Mille brand.

“The chance to partner with McLaren is particularly timely: we’ve been evaluating Formula 1 on a restricted basis for several years, but this opportunity has enabled us to engage in a deeper, more meaningful way, with proper focus and effort directed on a major team.

“For me, the association with McLaren is so striking, because I still vividly remember, back in 1981, when McLaren was the first constructor to introduce an all-carbonfibre monocoque to Formula 1. It was a technology that would revolutionise the sport – and still does to this day. Years later, I was able to adopt the same technical solution – a carbonfibre structure – for the baseplates of our watch movements and cases.

“I feel strongly that the Maison Richard Mille embodies the very essence of motorsport: we’re dedicated to the ultimate mechanical challenge, and we’re inspired by the concepts and materials used in Formula 1. For everyone at Richard Mille, this will be a thrilling partnership.”

Ron Dennis, Chairman and CEO, McLaren Technology Group, added:

“I’ve watched with quiet admiration as Richard and his team have built up the Richard Mille brand over the past 15 years. To have established himself at the vanguard of the watchmaking world in such a short space of time is an incredible achievement, and a testament to his vision and determination.

“For him to commit Richard Mille to a 10-year partnership with McLaren underlines our shared belief in the value of long-term agreements, and the benefits that can be derived from growing and developing together.

“The two brands share a distinct common DNA: a passion for design, technology and aesthetics, and I’m excited about the great work we can achieve together over the next 10 years.”

 

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