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Richard Mille – In honour of Jean Todt
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Richard Mille – In honour of Jean Todt

Friday, 24 February 2017
By The FHH Journal editors
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A fifty-year career in automobiles is cause for celebration, and Richard Mille is doing just that with the RM 11-03, RM 050 and RM 056 Jean Todt 50th Anniversary, named after his racing-driver friend and in his favourite colours.

Presented last September, the RM 11-03 Flyback Chronograph is a resolutely sporty watch, wholly inspired by automobiles and their history while displaying the new visual codes of the brand. Powered by an architectural automatic calibre in grade 5 titanium, the RM 11-03 Jean Todt 50th Anniversary is protected by a new blue and white Quartz TPT™ case. Extremely resistant and light, this composite is obtained by stacking 600 layers of silica only 45 microns thick, which are then impregnated with an exclusive Richard Mille blue resin. The assembly is then heated to 120 °C before being machined in our factory.
Blue Quartz TPT™ is also used for the case of the RM 050 Jean Todt 50th Anniversary. This calibre houses a split-seconds chronograph regulated by a tourbillon. The extreme skeletonisation of the bridges and baseplate, combined with the use of titanium and carbon nanofibre made it possible to obtain a particularly light movement, weighing only 9.5 grams but offering startling performance.

Richard Mille - RM056 Jean Todt 50th Anniversary
Richard Mille - RM056 Jean Todt 50th Anniversary

This exceptional mechanism also animates the final piece of the Jean Todt collection: the RM 056, which is housed in a sapphire case. Its construction and curvature require both human ingenuity and very long machining times, essential to achieving this level of ergonomics and finish, unique even in fine watchmaking.
This case required no less than 1,000 hours of machining per case, including 430 hours devoted to grinding and 350 hours of polishing.
The RM 11-03, RM 050 and RM 056 will be produced in limited editions of 150, 5 and 3 pieces, respectively.

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