Richard Mille Unveils New Limited-Edition RM40-01 Automatic Tourbillon McLaren Speedtail Watch

Since its beginning in mid 2016, the association between Richard Mille and McLaren, English constructor of both high performance road going hyper cars and Equation 1 racing machines, has created just two watch designs. Both of these models have been among Richard Mille’s generally unpredictable and in fact progressed, in any case, setting the bar for any third synergistic watch incredibly high. Richard Mille has as of late declared a third McLaren-themed watch, this time summoning the automaker’s refined 250-mile-per-hour Speedtail grand tourer, and as opposed to endeavouring to top the super lightweight sporting concepts of its previous McLaren collaborations this new model instead follows the ethos of the car that inspired it. The new limited edition Richard Mille RM 40-01 Automatic Tourbillon McLaren Speedtail abandons the uncompromising high-performance philosophy of previous McLaren tie-ins in favor of a more luxurious, streamlined approach that still provides truly world-class mechanical intricacy and design.

While the case of the Richard Mille RM 40-01 Automatic Tourbillon McLaren Speedtail follows the brand’s signature sandwich-style construction, the tonneau form is extensively reworked with numerous touches referencing the namesake hyper car. The overall asymmetrical tapering tonneau shape evokes the flowing teardrop shape of the car, especially around the mid-mounted engine compartment and rear window. The titanium bezel features a series of four notches styled to match the Speedtail’s hood-mounted air intakes, and the layered Carbon TPT pushers at 4 o’clock and 8 o’clock take inspiration from the air vents located ahead of the front wheels.

Richard Mille claims the RM 40-01 Programmed Tourbillon McLaren Speedtail is the brand’s most perfectly completed case yet, with a wide assortment of brushed, matte, and mirror-cleaned surfaces across the titanium case components, alongside different examples and surfaces for the layered carbon fibre Carbon TPT focal case.

Richard Mille’s design team dedicated more than 2,800 hours making the state of this 69-piece case, however maybe the most intricate piece of everything is the sapphire crystal. To flawlessly follow the curve, tighten, and diminishing thickness of the bezel, the custom gem highlights what the brand names “Triple Contour” curvature. Regardless of the long periods of designing and escalated engineering, water-obstruction stays a weak spot for Richard Mille with this new model.

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