Richard Mille honored his friend Jean Todt with a new model bearing his name and favorite colors: the RM 11-03 Jean Todt 50th Anniversary.
50 years of automotive passion, 50 years down an exceptional career path. At Chantilly Art & Elegance 2016 the brand celebrated alongside the man who wrote the greatest pages of motorsport history with an amazing jubilee. Jean Todt and Richard Mille have forged a strong friendship based on their shared passions: watchmaking, extreme technical design and all things automotive. Todt says: “I love the watches designed by Richard. I love their lightness, their ‘technicity’ and their exclusivity.”
The two men agree to acknowledge one another equally obsessive, detail-oriented and demanding in their respective fields, as is clearly illustrated by this special timepiece. Presented last September, the RM 11-03 Flyback Chronograph Jean Todt 50th Anniversary is a resolutely sporty watch, wholly inspired by automobiles and their history while displaying the new visual codes of the brand. Powered by an architectural automatic caliber in grade 5 titanium
The guiding principle for Richard Mille was to imbue the automatic RMAC3 caliber with a 3-D quality and to bring its complexity to the fore visually. The glossy beveled rims marked with intermediate times surrounding the colored counters of the flyback chronograph and seconds window confer depth. This sense of volume is further accentuated by an upper bridge in satin-brushed grade 5 titanium that contrasts with the movement, also crafted of titanium but with a PVD coating. This creates a visual itinerary that sweeps around the annual calendar with its oversize date, as well as the 12-hour counter and countdown function of the flyback chronograph.
The maze continues on the back of the caliber with a satin-brushed PVD-treated lower bridge that highlights the double barrel mechanism and the modern lines of our new variable-geometry rotor in grade 5 titanium, inspired by the aerodynamic appendages seen in Formula 1. This technical solution, a Richard Mille exclusive, makes it possible to adjust automatic winding of the watch to the wearer’s activity level by varying the inertia of the rotor thanks to two micro-blasted and chamfered wings in 18-karat white gold. Offering six possible positions, the grade 5 satin-brushed and PVD-treated titanium rotor is mounted on ceramic ball bearings.
Performance is also showcased, thanks to the new RMAC3 automatic caliber. The entire flyback chronograph movement is designed for optimal rigidity, and high performance functioning of its gear trains thanks to the grade 5 titanium employed for the baseplate and bridges. Its two barrels, mounted side by side, ensure stable coupling while providing a power reserve of around 55 hours. The 4 Hz free sprung balance is highly resistant to shocks and can be tuned more precisely than a traditional balance wheel.
The RM 11-03 Jean Todt 50th Anniversary is protected by a new blue and white Quartz TPT case. Extremely resistant and light, this composite is obtained by stacking 600 layers of silica only 45 microns thick, which are then impregnated with an exclusive Richard Mille blue resin. The assembly is then heated to 120 °C before being machined at the brand’s factory.
The RM 11-03 will be produced in limited editions of 150 pieces.