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October 07, 2016

Innovation is an important element to the life cycle of any product. A watch should have vitality and be integrated within the natural stylistic development of a model. A fixture of the Richard Mille collection from 2007, the RM 011 is taking its bows. Retiring at the height of its glory, it will make way for the new Richard Mille RM11-03 Automatic Flyback Chronograph that has just been unveiled yesterday, September 4th 2016, at the 3rd Edition of Chantilly Arts & Luxury Richard Mille.

The guiding standard for Richard Mille is to imbue the new automatic RMAC3 calibre with a 3D top quality and to bring its mystery to the fore visually. The glossy beveled rims marked with intermediate times surrounding the colored counters of the flyback chronograph and seconds windows consider depth. The 18k red or white gold three-part tonneau case has also been reworked by the designers, who have modernized its lines without denaturing the watch, lending it a sportier, more dynamic identity.

Competent skillfullness and protracted machining times scarcely to be believed are required to achieve the level of ergonomics and performing - unique in the world of haute horlogerie - that this example exhibits. Chamfering and buffing the surfaces, which is completed totally by hand, is a delicate and long-lasting task. This silhouette, which initially appeared with the RM27-01 Rafael Nadal, has become a distinguishing characteristic of all Richard Mille's sports designer watches, differentiating them from lifestyle brands while improving their structural integrity. Details recalling automobile racing abound in the RM 11-03.

The grade five titanium crown borrows the design of competition wheel rims and also tire treads. The grooved pushers machined of the same material recollect the surface of pedals, consists of covers made from a different material as ubiquitous as titanium in Formula 1: NTPT carbon. This brings about a visual itinerary that sweeps around the annual calendar with its oversize date, as well as the 12-hour counter and countdown function of the flyback chronograph.

As always with Richard Mille, the entire mechanism can certainly be admired through anti-reflective coated sapphire glass that reveals the calibre. The case, available in 18K reddish or white gold and titanium, is attached together by 20 grade five titanium spline screws. It is further accentuated by a higher bridge in satin-brushed grade five titanium that contrasts with the movement, and also crafted of titanium although with a PVD coating. Functionality is also showcased, thanks to the new RMAC3 automatic calibre. The entire flyback chronograph motion is designed for optimal rigidity, and high performance functioning of its gear trains thanks to the grade five titanium employed for the baseplate and bridges. Its two barrles, mounted side by side, guarentee stable coupling while providing a power reserve of around 55 hours. The 4 Hz free sprung balance is highly resistant to shocks and can be tuned more accurately than a traditional balance wheel.

The back of the calibre with a satin-brushed PVD-treated lesser bridge highlights the double barrel mechanism and the modern lines of our innovative variable-geometry rotor in grade five titanium, inspired by the aerodynamic appendages found in Formula 1. This technical solution, a Richard Mille exclusive, makes it easy to adjust automatic winding of the watch to the wearer's activity level by ranging the inertia of the rotor thanks to two micro-blasted and chamfered wings in 18K white fold. Offering six possible positions, the grade five satin-brushed and PVD-treated titanium rotor is mounted on ceramic ball bearings.

The new Richard Mille RM11-03 Flyback Chronograph is within every sense a sports watch, confidently displaying the brand's new aesthetic and heavily inspired by automotive history. The brand new RM 11-03 will certainly be available at all Richard Mille boutiques as well as authorized Richard Mille retail partners worldwide very shortly.