The Richard Mille RM 011 Felipe Massa — A Darn Great Watch


Case Size: 50 mm x 40 mm x 16.15 mm
Case: Titanium
Strap: Rubber
Movement: Automatic

RICHARD MILLE 011 watches replica Recently, I had the opportunity to experience first-hand the Richard Mille RM 011 Felipe Massa Flyback Chronograph Carbon watch, which is created in a limited edition of just 30 pieces to celebrate the return of the Formula 1 Grand Prix to a US track. The carbon cased flyback chronograph is collaboration between Mille and Felipe Massa, who is set to drive in the US for the first time in 5 years.After a five-year absence, Formula 1 will race again in the United States in November 2012. As excitement builds for Formula 1 racing’s return to the United States, I learn that Richard Mille has been busy working on a new RM011. The original RM 011 was done in collaboration with F1 driver and Richard Mille friend Felipe Massa, so I suppose that with Massa set to drive in the United States for the first time in five years, a limited edition of his namesake watch for the U.S. seems appropriate. The new timepiece features a flyback chronograph along with Richard Mille’s other technical innovations. The black carbon tripartite case gives high contrast to the watch’s bright yellow strap, numerals, hands, inner bezel, crown protector and lacquer rotor detail. A yellow helmet at the 7 o’clock position adds a subtle sporty touch. Only 30 pieces of the new RM 011 Felipe Massa Flyback Chronograph Carbon will be made and sold at the Richard Mille Boutique Beverly Hills, California. The United States Formula 1 Grand Prix will take place in Austin, Texas, November 16-18, 2012 at which Felipe Massa will compete wearing a Richard Mille watch on his wrist (like Richard Mille sponsored-athletes Rafael Nadal and Bubba Watson).

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When it comes to innovative materials and unheard-of technologies applied to watchmaking, no Swiss watch manufacture can outperform Richard Mille. This niche luxury brand made a name for itself with a revolutionary approach to the old art of Fine Watchmaking and opened the door to a new type of products expressing the very best of Horology with the help of what the twenty first century can offer from a technical and aesthetic standpoint.One of the latest (and already copied) innovations from this impressive Maison is the use of a new type of material for the case of the watch: North Thin Ply Technology carbon, or NTPT carbon in short. This new version of carbon fibre material, originally developed for the sails of racing yachts, represents a true revolution in the world of laminate composites with its significantly improved mechanical properties and has quickly found its way into Formula One car chassis and into the fuselage of the future Solar Impulse 2 aircraft before being used in watchmaking.To be technical for one second, the main advantage of this material composed of multiple layers of parallel filaments obtained by dividing carbon fibres is that the manufacturing process allows positioning each microfiber optimally for its intended use, with no limitation to angle, area or thickness! This must come in handy when producing complex watch cases like the tonneau-shaped models produced by Richard Mille. But this new material is also good news for all the watch enthusiasts that are more sensitive to the aesthetic aspects of a timepiece. Indeed, this newcomer in the carbon family provides a unique and immediately identifiable texture unlike any other carbon fibres or forged carbon composites. It features sort of an organic, wood-like texture due to the fact that the direction of the weft of carbon filaments is modified (like twisted) when woven.The very first model to benefit from this innovative material was the RM 011 NTPT Carbon that I reviewed in November 2013 and since then, the brand has used this appealing material only for the RM 035-01 Rafael Nadal and the RM 050-01 Lotus F1 Team Romain Grosjean presented at the SIHH 2014 and both included in my coverage of the 2014 collection.
.Now, the brand is treating one of its most important markets, North America, with a special boutique edition proudly showcasing this amazing material on its bezel. The RM 011 Yellow Storm will be limited to just 50 pieces sold exclusively through the American boutique network and I strongly encourage all watch lovers to stop on Via Rodeo in Beverly Hills on their next trip to Los Angeles to see it in person at the superb mono-brand boutique opened there by Westime.

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