While McLaren is better known for its Formula 1 and hypercar engineering, it has revealed a new replica timepiece with the same weightsaving features – and a similar price tag.
Weighing just 38 grams, the RM 50-03 watch, designed by McLaren in collaboration with Swiss watchmaker Richard Mille will set you back $980,000.
It is made of Titanium, Carbon TPT and Graph TPT – a type of graphene that weighs less than other similar materials used in watches and is six times lighter than steel but 200 times stronger.
Only 75 of the limited editions watches will be made and sold only at Richard Mille boutiques.
The University of Manchester also collaborated with Richard Mille and McLaren to engineer Graph TPT.
Professor Robert Young, Professor of Polymer Science and Technology at the University of Manchester, said: ‘The project with McLaren and Richard Mille involved an investigation into the possibility of incorporating graphene into components in composite watches to enhance performance with the view of saving weight.’
The watches’ Graph TPT case is made by injecting a resin containing graphene into 600 layers of carbon fiber each measuring just 30 microns thick.
The strap of the watch also has the new graphene material injected into the straps’ rubber, improving its resistance to wear.
It has a function indicator that looks like a car gearbox to identify the winding, neutral and hand setting positions.
During testing, it resisted violent shocks of up to 5,000 grams in weight.
The strap of the watch also has the new graphene material, which has to be injected into the rubber of the strap which improves its resistance to wear.
It has a split seconds chronograph – a feature that’s used to time different events that begin but do not end together.
The chronograph combines with a tourbillon escapement – which maintains the accuracy of the watch when its moved around.
The watch has a torque-limiting crown – a security system that prevents accidental overwinding of the watch, which can cause damage such as snapping the winding stem or putting too much pressure on the barrel spring.
It has a 70-hour power reserve with colored lights on the front to indicate power level.
While the watch is light, it measures 44x49mm (1.7×1.9in), making it a large watch.
The hollowed buttons on the side are made to look like air intakes on a McLaren-Honda F1 car.
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This is the first collaboration between McLaren and Richard Mille in their ten-year partnership.