RICHARD MILLE – RM 11-03 AUTOMATIC FLYBACK CHRONOGRAPH
The RM 011 is gone: Long live the RM 11-03!
After ten years of loyal service, one of the stars of the Richard Mille watch collection has been replaced by the seriously sporty RM 11-03 Automatic Flyback Chronograph inspired by the world of motor racing.
Any product, even the best, has more or less the same existence as us: birth, life and death. There’s no need to get all dramatic: it’s totally normal especially when it comes to this watch by Richard Mille which isn’t dead and buried. It’s been replaced by a reworked version with a more vibrant silhouette true to classic “marketing product” style. The makeover doesn’t just mean it suits modern standards and injects new life into the collections but it also stands out from so-called “lifestyle” sport models. Unsurprisingly, the RM 11-03 Automatic Flyback Chronograph isn’t exactly lacking in sporty character!
Its self-winding RMAC3 skeleton calibre is a miniature 3D work of art that brings together sculpture and painting. The metallic lace woven on the titanium plate and bridges is elevated by a quartet of contrasting colours: pure white, grass green, electric yellow and bright red. Two large rose gold hands in the centre rimmed with a shimmering luminescent coating glide over openwork white hour numerals and an accurate minute track on the carbon fibre chapter ring. They are joined by the coppery red-tipped flyback chronograph seconds hand. The date information is as follows: the oversize date lies at 12 and the month at 4.30. The three counters are displayed as follows: seconds at 3, chronograph hour counter at 6 and 60-minute timer at 9.
The movement fuelling the 55-hour power reserve is snug inside the barrel-shape rose gold case. The case is 49.94mm long, 44.5mm wide and 16.5mm thick and divided into three parts held in place by 20 titanium spline screws.
Price: 166,500 CHF / richardmille.com
By Sharmila Bertin