Le Mans Classic 2016 off to a roaring start July 8th with Richard Mille


Le Mans Classic 2016 off to a roaring start July 8th with Richard Mille

Le Mans Classic 2016

Off to a roaring start July 8th with Richard Mille
La Cote des Montres - July 4th, 2016

This 8th edition of the Le Mans Classic will take place July 8th through 10th on the renowned Bugatti circuit under the colours of Maison Richard Mille, principal partner and official timekeeper for the competition.

The Le Mans Classic brings to life over 80 years of automobile racing history, welcoming the cars and drivers responsible for the legendary standing of the world’s most famous race. The 2016 edition will begin straight away on Friday, with the opening act: Group C Racing, a tremendous first for this competition.

This retrospective of past Le Mans 24 Hours, which attracted over 110,000 people for the 2014 edition, is also an opportunity to attend one of the world’s largest gatherings of exceptional vehicles, bringing together 60 carmakers represented by 160 automobile clubs for a total of 8,000 cars. These will all convene around the circuit, and a few will take advantage of the occasion to go for a spin around the track for the amazing parade, accompanied by cheers from the public.

A partner of the event since its inception in 2002, Richard Mille celebrates the Le Mans Classic by creating a new watch for each edition of the race.

RM 11-02 Le Mans Classic

Technical specifications 

This year, the brand will unveil the RM 11-02 Le Mans Classic, an automatic calibre in grade 5 titanium incorporating a variable-geometry rotor, annual calendar, UTC display, 24-hour flyback chronograph and countdown feature. The RM 11-02 Le Mans Classic bears the colours of the historic competition not only on the movement, but also on its white ATZ ceramic caseband and the rubber collar of its NTPT carbon crown.

From the design of its pushers, whose grooves recall the surface of vintage pedals, to the meticulously precision-machined crown reminiscent of a clutch mechanism by way of its baseplate, ribbed like an engine crankcase, the RM 11-02, a limited edition of 150 pieces, is imbued with a passion for automobiles. As a final reminder of the historic race, the Le Mans Classic logo appears on the dial at 12 o’clock along with the number ‘16’, an allusion to the start time of the endurance race.

Movement :Flyback chronograph with automatic winding
Power reserve:Approximately 55 hours
Baseplate and bridges:In titanium, PVD-treated and wet sandblasted
Counter :24-hour at 6 o’clock
Countdown function :At 9 o’clock
Display :UTC
Balance :Free sprung with variable inertia
Double-barrel winding system
Case :Bezel and caseback in white ATZ ceramic
Caseband in NTPT carbon
Chamfering and polishing performed by hand
Surfaces :Microblasted with sapphire microbeads