Richard Mille Unveils RM 030 Le Mans Classic


Richard Mille has a new automotive-inspired watch, the RM 030 Le Mans Classic. As you can already tell by the name, the timepiece is a tribute to the Le Mans Classic, a biennial event that features cars that were once part of the 24 Hours of Le Mans race. Only cars made until 1979 are eligible to take part in the event, in which the drivers will show off their skills at the exact same track as the original Le Mans race. The 13-kilometer track will host six categories of cars, reviving the iconic race.

The 2014 edition of the Le Mans Classic is the 7th one, and it will take place from July 4-6. Richard Mille will also be there, as the Main Partner and the Official Timekeeper. The company has actually supported the competition ever since its inception. And this isn’t the first time they’re releasing a watch dedicated to the race. The RM 030 Le Mans Classic is actually the fourth timepiece to bear the name of this event.

Now, let’s focus on the new watch. This is a limited edition, with only 100 pieces available. The first thing we notice about it, of course, is the cushion shape of the case, typical for Richard Mille. It’s a white ATZ ceramic case, and together with green details, it symbolizes the colors of the Le Mans Classic race, which is a really nice touch. On the right side of the case, you’ll notice the crown with its green rubber section. The rest of the crown is made of NTPT carbon.

Some pretty sweet technology is inside

There’s a whole lot going on at the dial – this is an openworked dial that reveals the movement and it’s just bursting with details. At 2 o’clock, we can see the 24-hour indicator, with the marked “16”, a reference to the starting time of the Le Mans endurance race, a pretty cool detail. Next, we have the power reserve indicator, located at 9 o’clock, and below it we can see the vertical date window, framed in green-white.

The RM 030 Le Mans Classic is powered by an automatic movement which beats at a rate of 28,800 vibrations per hour, and it has a power reserve of 55 hours. One of the most interesting things here is certainly the rotor, which was developed to prevent overwinding. It does that by automatically disconnecting from the rotor’s winding mechanism once the spring has been fully wound. This whole mechanism is connected to the power reserve indicator, providing optimal winding control, a very clever detail.

The movement features a declutchable rotor which has variable geometry. Other notable details about the caliber include baseplate and bridges, made of hand-ground grade 5 titanium. These components were wet sandblasted and also treated with Titalyt. In this movement, we’ll also find double barrel system, as well as a free sprung balance with variable inertia. Finally, the timepiece is completed with a sporty black strap which perfectly matches the character of the watch.

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