We’ve worn the new Richard Mille RM 50-03 Tourbillon Split Secs Chronograph Ultralight McLaren F1 swiss made copy watches at SIHH 2017. Should you join the 74 other owners and pick up this piece? Here’s a buyers’ guide
YES: You earn £200 million or more per year
Assuming you earn £200 million a year, your income-to-watch ratio with the £996,500 RM 50-03 is equivalent to a City banker on £1 million with a £5,000 Rolex. You won’t feel any guilt about picking this up at your local Richard Mille boutique.
YES: You drive a McLaren
It was made in partnership with the McLaren F1 racing team to celebrate the watchmaker and motorsport team’s 10 year relationship and it has the car company’s name on the bezel. It’s the perfect partner for your McLaren P1.
YES: You are a science geek
It’s the first watch in the world to incorporate graphene, an exceptionally light and strong substance invented by scientists at the University of Manchester who won the Nobel Prize for their troubles.
YES: Your wrist is exceptionally heavy
It’s incredibly light – at just 33 grams it’s the world’s lightest mechanical chronograph replica watch – and the flexible graphene and carbon strap will keep it attached to your wrist at all times. The mechanism itself can withstand shocks of up to 5,000Gs, so you don’t even need to take it off before your next squash game.
YES: Your wrist is exceptionally large
One of the boldest elements of the RM50-03’s design is its red graphene and carbon-reinforced kevlar strap, secured with velcro. A million pound watch with a velcro strap? Well, it works with the design’s “add lightness” ethos, and in reality it’s remarkably effective at keeping the watch on your wrist. Plus, it won’t get smelly like a fancy alligator leather strap.
YES: You feel sorry for George Osborne
The former Chancellor was such a fan of the magical substance graphene that political journalists would play the “graphene klaxon” game whenever he made a public appearance. Buying this low price fake watch and supporting the development of a British engineering feat is the surest way to brighten up Gideon’s day.
MAYBE: You are a successful Formula One racing driver
Sébastien Loeb, Romain Grosjean, Charles Leclerc and Felipe Massa are all Richard Mille brand ambassadors and have worn other models during races. If you’re about to confront them in a race and want to one-up them by buying the most exclusive new Richard Mille, get the RM 50-03.