Infinite horological creativity and avant-garde design have once again demonstrated the unique charm of Richard Mille, a Swiss high-end independent watchmaking brand. 2017 is a landmark year for the brand. Richard Mille and McLaren-Honda have used the superb watchmaking craftsmanship to create the McLAREN F1 ultralight two-second chase tourbillon chronograph. With a weight of 40 grams, it is the most timepiece manufactured, continuing the legend of brand watchmaking. This watch combines titanium alloy with carbon fiber and introduces another new material, GRAPH TPT ™ ®, into the creation of the case, which makes the case extremely light. In addition, this watch not only retains ergonomics and a unique stunning appearance, but also adds ultra-high shock resistance and ultra-lightweight characteristics, which can be regarded as a monumental contribution in the history of the watch. (Watch model: RM 50-03 McLaren F1)
Exceed the limits and create historical glory
Graphene, as a new type of nano material, is 6 times lighter than steel, but 200 times stronger than steel, greatly enhancing the physical properties of carbon fiber, which makes the case greatly improve the wrist while ensuring ultra-light weight. Toughness and abrasion resistance of the watch. The watch’s main color design inspiration is derived from the color elements of the 2017 Shanghai McLAREN F1 racing car. The orange is bright and sporty, giving the watch a distinctive sensory enjoyment.
The combination of a barrel-shaped case and high-end sophisticated technology retains the brand’s identity and has become Richard Mille’s most representative brand DNA. The undulating gray and black striped case perfectly integrates with the mechanically charming dial, showing the unique charm of this watch.
New materials create new glory
Almost every year, Richard Mill will surprise us with unexpected timepieces. This year is also true. The case of the new watch is known for its beautiful undulating stripes of TPT ™ carbon fiber (consisting of up to 600 layers). Parallel microfilaments), but the maximum thickness is only 30 microns. They were injected into a graphene-containing supercharged resin, and then their fiber layers were knitted at 45 ° using a CNC machine. The composite was then solidified by heating at 120 ° C and 6 bar. McLaren applied technology to countless control and verification tests, developed various solutions, and finally produced Graph TPT ™ ®, a material exclusively used by RICHARD MILLE in the watchmaking field.
The shape of the crown is inspired by the racing rims used by McLaren-Honda, with orange rubber parts on the outside, which has excellent texture and convenient timing. Together with the recessed timer button on the intake duct of the McLaren-Honda racing car, it forms the operating part of the watch. The logo is clear and easy to understand.
The performance and energy transfer of the movement can be read through the colored indicator above, indicating 70 hours of energy storage and torque display. The function indicator at 3 o’clock is similar to the transmission gear of a car. When the crown is pulled out, you can see the winding, manual setting or neutral position through the function indicator. The currently selected function is displayed by the hands at four o’clock: W (winding), N (neutral) and H (manual setting). The 6 o’clock position is a small seconds dial, and the 9 o’clock position is a 30-minute counter, which gives the dial a more mechanical aesthetic.
The movement is all polished and processed by hand. The improved balance of the tooth shape of the mainspring is used to obtain excellent balance torque and optimized results. The tourbillon escapement structure is perfectly combined with the two-second tracking device to show the brand’s superb watchmaking. skill. It also provides technical support for the operation of the watch’s outstanding complex functions.
With an orange elastic band, it can adapt to the wearer’s wrist well, make the watch close to the wrist, ergonomic design, and the elastic band is good in flexibility and excellent texture, which facilitates the wear of the watch, eliminating the need for Buckle time.
Richard Mille McLAREN F1 Ultralight Double Seconds Chasing Tourbillon Chronograph
Summary: This year, Richard Mille and McLaren-Honda once again showed us the legendary charm of the brand’s watches, and wrote the history of the lightest timepieces with the extraordinary characteristics of ultra-light and strong materials. The significance for both the brand and the watch industry is far-reaching. The McLAREN F1 ultralight two-second chase tourbillon chronograph is limited to 75 pieces and is only available in the Richard Mille boutique. Each watch comes with a 1: 5 scale model of the McLaren-Honda racing car that Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne drove in 2017. If you like a table friend, you may wish to enter the brand store and consult the details of this watch.