Richard Mille

Revolution (Hong Kong) - - SIHH 2017 - TEXT BY SEAN LI

Gen­er­ally,

we ex­pect high-end me­chan­i­cal time­pieces to have a cer­tain heft to them, whether they’re crafted in steel or pre­cious me­tals. But Richard Mille has made it a habit of turn­ing tra­di­tion on its head, as he con­tin­ues on his quest for the ul­ti­mate in lux­ury, the ab­so­lute com­fort of wear­ing a time­piece that is so light you might for­get it’s on your wrist. Build­ing on his part­ner­ship with the McLaren For­mula One team, he takes in­spi­ra­tion from the equally tech­no­log­i­cal world of mo­tor­sport, where weight it­self is the very en­emy of speed, and presents the RM 50-03 McLaren F1, the world’s light­est split­sec­onds tour­bil­lon chrono­graph. We of­ten say that a watch has to be seen to be truly ap­pre­ci­ated; in this case, it needs to be worn, or sim­ply held in hand as well. Although you al­ready know that it’s go­ing to feel like a feath­er­weight, there’s lit­tle to pre­pare you men­tally for hold­ing a watch with such me­chan­i­cal com­plex­ity, but weighs a scant 40 grams, in­clu­sive of the strap. It’s not a small piece of ma­chin­ery ei­ther, adding even more to the ini­tial sur­prise when you fi­nally strap it on.

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