Introducing the Richard Mille RM 029 Automatic Le Mans ClassicBy Ross Povey
Aside from his work as an innovator and leading light in the world of high-tech watchmaking, Richard Mille is a noted car enthusiast, especially classic racing cars. It made total sense, therefore, that he was one half of the duo that established the Le Mans Classic in 2002. The biennial event is more than a simple race around the famed 13.65km circuit, but is an enthusiast spectacular attended by in excess of 100,000 classic and vintage car lovers from all over the globe. Back when the event was first launched, it was the only time, aside from the headline 24 Hours of Le Mans race, that the full circuit (including public roads that must be closed) had been used for a race. The event incorporates a huge classic car show on the grounds and a series of races for pre-1979 cars that have either taken part in the 24 Hours race or would have been eligible to do so back in the day from when the race was first established in 1923. To celebrate two decades of the event in 2022, Richard Mille is launching the RM 029 Automatic Le Mans Classic.
This is the eighth watch the brand has created to celebrate the event and is available in a limited run of 150 pieces. The 40.10 x 48.15 case comprises a white Quartz TPT mid-case with green Quartz TPT (QTPT) front and back bezels. The front bezel has inlaid white QTPT double stripes in Le Mans style at the top and bottom. These go-faster-stripes are perfectly complimented by a white rubber strap for the perfect sporty look that would be at home on your wrist as you thrash your 1960s Ferrari or Ford around the North-Western France circuit.
Both the front and the back of the watch have sapphire crystals, the front to tell the time and the back to have an unadulterated view of the mesmerizing calibre RMSA7 movement. The skeletonized movement features an oversized date at four o’clock and variable geometry rotor system driving double winding barrels. The watch also has a detailed 24-hour counter at two o’clock on the dial, perfect for timing your full day relay race around the track. The races traditionally start at 4pm which is indicated with a blue arrow on the sub dial.
Movement: Calibre RMAS7; Skeletonised automatic winding movement with hours, minutes, seconds, 24-hour display, oversize date and variable-geometry rotor.
Case and dial: Case 40.10 x 48.15 x 13.10 mm Quartz TPT midcase and front and rear bezels. Dial in In sapphire (thickness: 0.40 mm) with anti-glare treatment (both sides), protected by 8 silicon braces inserted in the upper and lower grooves.
Strap: White vented rubber