THE TIMEKEEPER

This Richard Mille time­piece marks the brand’s ninth out­ing with the Le Mans Clas­sic

AugustMan (Malaysia) - - Highlight - WORDS BY JAMIE TAN PHO­TOS BY RICHARD MILLE

CLAS­SIC CAR RACES are mag­i­cal af­fairs. Through them, one is trans­ported back to an era when tech­nol­ogy re­mained de­cid­edly ana­logue while skills ‒ and guts ‒ took prece­dence in de­ter­min­ing suc­cess. Few events can recre­ate such an at­mos­phere as the Le Mans Clas­sic. This bi­en­nial event is the clas­sic car coun­ter­part to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and holds its race on the same track, the Cir­cuit de la Sarthe, which at 13.6 kilo­me­tres is one of the world’s long­est.

Watch­maker Richard Mille has sup­ported the Le Mans Clas­sic since its in­cep­tion in 2002. The 2018 edi­tion of the race marks the ninth time the brand has served as its main spon­sor and of­fi­cial timekeeper. This year’s Le Mans Clas­sic is the big­gest one yet, with over 135,000 spec­ta­tors wit­ness­ing some 700 his­toric cars rac­ing in var­i­ous classes over a pe­riod of three days.

A Watch For The Races

As a ded­i­ca­tion to th­ese leg­endary ma­chines and the driv­ers be­hind their wheels, Richard Mille pre­sented the new RM 11-03 Le Mans Clas­sic Lim­ited Edi­tion time­piece at the event it­self. The watch re­calls the race cars it pays trib­ute to, but comes en­gi­neered with modern fea­tures, such as a case of car­bon and white ceramic ‒ tech­ni­cal ma­te­ri­als that clas­sic cars pre­date. The Cal­i­bre RMAC3 move­ment housed within the time­piece is also cut­ting edge. It’s largely built with ti­ta­nium in­stead of brass, and comes with a fly­back chrono­graph that mea­sures up to 24 hours.

This watch isn’t just tech­ni­cal con­tent with­out soul though. Its British rac­ing green ac­cents, for in­stance, nod at the mo­tor rac­ing uni­verse it draws in­spi­ra­tion from. Else­where, the sculpted crown is rem­i­nis­cent of race-spe­cific rims and tyres, while the ribbed push­ers re­sem­ble ped­als.

The blend of per­for­mance driven fea­tures and ma­te­ri­als with clas­sic de­sign el­e­ments has cre­ated a win­ner, for sure. Just 150 pieces of this time­piece will be avail­able. AM

ON THIS PAGERM 11-03 Le Mans Clas­sic Lim­ited Edi­tion OP­PO­SITE PAGEScenes from theLe Mans Clas­sic’s races, which take place every two years at the Cir­cuit de la Sarthe in France, with all man­ner of clas­sic cars com­pet­ing in var­i­ous cat­e­gories

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