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.