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Richard Mille, an Italian football fan
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Richard Mille, an Italian football fan

Monday, 17 February 2020
By The FHH Journal editors
The FHH Journal editors

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Roberto Mancini, a Richard Mille partner since 2013 and manager of the Italian national football team, is honored by the watchmaker with this RM 11-04 Automatic Chronograph Flyback which features new style codes.

Manager of the Squadra Azzurra, Italy’s national football team, Roberto Mancini is back on home turf after coaching the Saint Petersburg Zenit club for two years, and taking up a new challenge: making Italy the number one football nation in Europe and the world. It is wearing the new RM 11-04 Mancini that Roberto will be shouldering his task and attempting to make the dream of so many ‘tifosis’ come true.

Roberto Mancini, coach of the Italian national football team © Vitterio Zunino Celotto
Roberto Mancini, coach of the Italian national football team © Vitterio Zunino Celotto

Released in 2013, the RM 11-01 Roberto Mancini was born of discussions between the Italian manager and Richard Mille over how to address an issue coaches confront on the field, namely, how much playing time is left in a match? Time… it is a strategic resource and a quantitative reality that can be a source of tremendous stress in this sport. Once time ceases to be displayed on the scoreboard, during extra time, for instance, it keys up anxiety, causing players to lose their bearings and inevitably affecting tactics during play.

RM 11-04 Automatic Chronograph Flyback © Richard Mille
RM 11-04 Automatic Chronograph Flyback © Richard Mille

The idea of creating a mechanical watch with a dedicated dial for tracking half-time, extra time and overtime might seem an obvious one, however, the ingenious display, combined with the availability of a flyback chronograph, gives Roberto complete mastery of time on the playing field. While conceding nothing of the ingenuity that characterised the RM 11-01, the RM 11-04 incorporates the brand’s latest style codes, as seen in the new lines of the crown, its variable-geometry rotor and its ultra-sporty case in Carbon TPT® with raised crenulations. The colours of the Italian flag, Il Tricolore, as well as the official blue shade that gives the Squadra Azzura its nickname are all nods to Roberto’s background, incorporated all around the automatic calibre, which powers a flyback chronograph and annual calendar.

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