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Richard Mille reinvents the RM 011 with the new RM 11-03

Once a certain model in a manufacturer’s line-up becomes a hallmark of the brand, it’s always a tough job to produce a fresh take on such a definitive piece. With the new RM 11-03, however, the RM 011 before it has been respectfully rejuvenated to produce what could only be a Richard Mille…

Fresh faced

As we’ve come to expect from Richard Mille, technicality and racing inspiration are at the forefront of design for the RM 11-03. The 49.94mm case, available in red or white gold and titanium, requires 26 hours of machining and features nods to Formula 1, such as the titanium crown echoing the design of a racing wheel and tyre, grooved pushers with pedal-like surfaces, and of course, plenty of NTPT carbon. Powered by a RMAC3 automatic calibre, the RM 11-03 utilises the new, exclusive variable-geometry titanium rotor, which matches the automatic winding of the watch based on the activity levels of the wearer, and it has a power reserve of 55 hours. As always, this gorgeous movement is fully displayed through anti-reflective sapphire glass on the case back, which may well be the only reason you’d ever want to take it off…

Photos: Richard Mille

Classic Driver, in partnership with Richard Mille, will be reporting live from the Nürburgring Classic 2017, and the latest articles from the event can be found here.