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.