Richard Mille launched the world’s lightest split-seconds tourbillon chronograph at SIHH.The RM 50-03 Tourbillon Split Seconds Chronograph Ultralight McLaren F1 weighs only 38 grams which includes the strap and is the lightest chronograph ever made.
To achieve this they have used a unique graphene based composite known as Graph TPT which was created to lighten the watch’s case.The University of Manchester also collaborated with Richard Mille and McLaren to engineer Graph TPT. It has a function indicator that looks like a car gearbox to identify the winding, neutral and hand setting positions.
The featherweight, manually-wound movement is equally impressive. It features a split-seconds chronograph and a 70-hour power reserve monitored via colored indicators on the face. Carbon fiber and titanium have been used in the baseplate and bridges and the setup is attached to a transverse carbon fiber cage, which Richard Mille says is inspired by the suspension of a McLaren-Honda F1 car, this system has survived shock loadings of 5,000 g during in-house testing making it very sturdy.
Only 75 Limited pieces will be available exclusively at Richard Mille boutiques @$980,000.