Richard Mille

ZbBZ (Singapore) - - INTELLIGENCE -

The eighth edition of the Le Mans Clas­sic took place from July 8 to 10 on the renowned Bu­gatti cir­cuit un­der the colours of Mai­son Richard Mille, the race’s prin­ci­pal part­ner and of­fi­cial time­keeper. To mark the part­ner­ship this year, the brand un­veiled the RM 11-02 Le Mans Clas­sic, an au­to­matic cal­i­bre in Grade 5 ti­ta­nium in­cor­po­rat­ing a vari­able-ge­om­e­try ro­tor, an­nual cal­en­dar, UTC dis­play, 24-hour fly­back chrono­graph and count­down fea­ture. From the de­sign of its push­ers, whose grooves re­call the sur­face of vintage ped­als, to the metic­u­lously pre­ci­sion-ma­chined crown rem­i­nis­cent of a clutch mech­a­nism by way of its base­plate, ribbed like an en­gine crank­case, the RM 11-02, lim­ited to 150 pieces, is im­bued with a pas­sion for au­to­mo­biles. A work of art for the wrist, the RM 68-01 Tour­bil­lon Cyril Kongo watch makes horo­log­i­cal his­tory for be­ing the first haute time­piece where a con­tem­po­rary artist puts his touch to the heart of a watch move­ment. Cyril Kongo, also known as Mr Colour­ful, turned the bridges, base­plate and sapphire di­als of the tour­bil­lon cal­i­bre into his can­vas. A spe­cial air­brush was de­vel­oped for the graf­fiti artist to spray his colours, one droplet at a time, onto the mi­cro mech­a­nisms. To avoid jeop­ar­dis­ing the cal­i­bre’s equi­lib­rium, the weight of the paint had to be strictly de­ter­mined be­fore­hand. Says Richard Mille: “This is ex­actly what I wanted, to bring Kongo into a watch. He wasn’t con­tent sim­ply to ap­ply paint to here and there. Cyril Kongo made it his own, from the move­ment to the tour­bil­lon, by way of the case and dial.” Lim­ited to 30 pieces world­wide.

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