Richard Mille Captures McLaren's Speedtail Hypercar in "Hyper Watch" Form

The RM 40-01 features 8,600 hours of movement development.

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Richard Mille has just revealed its latest watch that’s part of its ongoing partnership with McLaren. This new watch is named the RM 40-01 Automatic Tourbillon and was made to honor McLaren’s fastest hypercar produced — the Speedtail.

This watch is the culmination of 8,600 hours of movement development, 18 months of case design, and numerous shock tests and prototypes. Salvador Arbona, movement technical director, comments, “The complexity of the components, the multitude of details and, above all, the attention applied to the finishing place the RM 40-01 firmly at the peak of Swiss-made watches. The rims, for example, are buff-polished and the progressive angles – among other elements – and the bevellings are gradual hand-polished.

Containing 672 components, the RM 40-01 is made with materials like Grade 5 titanium, platinum, red gold, Carbon TPT. Replicating the hypercar’s aerodynamic teardrop shape, the case transitions from wide to thick from 12 o’clock to 6 o’clock with a triple contour to account for the decreasing taper and thickness of the bezel — the case alone has 69 individual parts.

Set to commemorate the 106 McLaren Speedtails manufactured, Richard Mille will be producing 106 RM 40-01 Automatic Tourbillon McLaren Speedtail watches which retail at 900,000 CHF each (approximately $992,500 USD).

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