If you've got budgets like us, then your watch collection probably consists of reliable yet affordable brands like Seiko and Casio. If you're higher up the food chain, then you've probably got a premium name like Rolex or Breitling on your wrist.
Then you've timepieces like this new racing watch from Richard Mille, made in collaboration with McLaren. Revealed at a recent show in Switzerland, this watch costs a staggering US$1.04 million (P52 million).
Its full name is as mind-blowing as its price tag. The watch is called the *deep breath* Richard Mille RM 50-03 Tourbillon Split Seconds Chronograph Ultralight McLaren F1 (Now try saying that three times). It weighs less than 40g in total thanks to a composite material of carbon fiber, titanium, and a new material called graphene. The watchmaker claims that this material is six times lighter and 200 times stronger than steel.
Inside the watch is what's known as a tourbillon. This is a mechanism that's added to the inner workings of a watch to make it more resistant to the effects of gravity on its timekeeping accuracy. The skeleton face on the dial allows you to see all the tiny pieces at work. The 44.5mm by 49.65mm case is attached to a graphene-injected rubber strap.
Richard Mille, the CEO and namesake of the company behind the McLaren F1 watch, said: “We couldn’t have dreamt of a more fitting partner in terms of image than McLaren. It’s an organization that strives to achieve perfection—whether it be in research and development, aesthetics or execution, right down to the smallest detail. With our 10-year partnership, we’re really only at the beginning of exploiting the opportunities and know-how that exists between both our companies.”
Only 75 pieces will be sold exclusively through Richard Mille boutiques. Each watch will come with a 1:5 scale model of the 2017 McLaren-Honda car driven by Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne. Anyone got a spare $1 million lying around?
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