To think. I baulk at paying a couple of hundred bucks for a watch.

Mind you I’ve got a couple of nice ones. You tend to collect them as a motoring journo. BMW gave me one, so did Renault and Pirelli – but they all pale into insignificance compared to the new McLaren timepiece from Richard Mille.

Limited to just 500 pieces globally and priced at $A245,000, the watch will be made available mainly we’re told to McLaren Ultimate Series clients.

The case of the RM 11-03 McLaren is made of Carbon TPT interlaced with Orange Quartz TPT, resulting in an extremely resistant and lightweight case while paying tribute to a colour that is synonymous with McLaren.

Richard Mille poses
Richard Mille

The Carbon TPT enhances the mechanical performance of the RM 11-03 and offers resistance to harsh environments.

Titanium pushers fitted to the Carbon TPT case echo the design of the distinctive headlights of the McLaren 720S.

Titanium inserts, similar in shape to the iconic McLaren F1’s air-intake snorkel and bearing the McLaren logo — adorn the bezel.

The complex grade 5 titanium crown is shaped like a McLaren lightweight wheel and the McLaren Speedmark logo is incorporated into the rubber strap specifically developed for this watch.

The RM 11-03 McLaren features the automatic RMAC3 calibre mechanism, first launched in 2016, with a flyback chronograph and 55-hour power reserve.

The instant return of the counter to zero makes it possible to quickly restart the stopwatch function.

Richard Mille created a baseplate and bridges for the RM 11-03 McLaren made from PVD-treated grade 5 titanium, enabling the gear train to function effortlessly.

The dial features an annual calendar and oversized date, as well as a 12-hour chronograph and countdown counters.

McLaren clients will be able to view the timepiece on the McLaren stand for the duration of the Geneva motor show.


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Chris Riley has been a journalist for 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.
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