The stripped-down aesthetic of the New Style Richard Mille RM 11-03 Automatic Flyback Chronograph Replica Watch could have made for a luxury watch that feels somehow less complex, or less powerful, than the original. The original RM011 had a 12-hour flyback chronograph, a big date indicator, an annual calendar, and a 60-minute countdown register.
Like all Richard Mille models, the Richard Mille RM 11-03 Replica Watch was never cheap: 2015’s titanium bracelet edition, the first ever Richard Mille luxury watch to feature a metal bracelet, cost £138k. £49,800 of that was the price of the bracelet. Its more sophisticated case draws attention to, rather than taking it away from, the smooth interdependency of all those gears and counterweights. In other words: this is a next-generation Richard Mille. If the original RM011 was a machine of raw power, all big blocky lines and wild internal workings, then the Richard Mille RM011-03 is the natural successor in its evolutionary line. Perhaps it would be fairer to say that this is no longer a luxury watch that reminds you of a racing car, but one that’s road-legal and ready for a suit.
It housed Richard Mille’s variable geometry rotor, which enables the wearer to adjust the position of the rotor ‘wings’ to account for lifestyle—thereby creating an automatic luxury watch movement that could be tailored to the activity of the wearer. And it has been released in dozens of limited-edition incarnations over the years.
Richard Mille could probably have gone on releasing limited-edition RM-011 models forever, and reaping a fresh bounty of profit with every one.
RM011-03 is powered by a brand-new movement: Calibre RMAC3. It has a power reserve of 55 hours. The big date window, still under 12 o’clock, has now been rounded and smoothed to reflect the updated aesthetic of the watch. Think of it as a modern F1 car: sleeker, slicker, and more attractive than its blocky forebears, but just as powerful under the hood.
It doesn’t. By stripping the fat from the movement, Richard Mille has left us with a timepiece that has the leanness and smoothness of a big cat (or a Red Bull RB12). Its simplified geometry makes it easier to comprehend the engineering power that goes into the creation of the piece.
Richard Mille ‘broke out’ with the original Richard Mille Replica Watch. This now-legendary timepiece was the brand’s first completely ‘Richard Mille’ luxury watch—and by that I mean it was the one that first showcased what the enfant terrible of the luxury sports watch world could really do. Before RM011, Richard Mille was an interesting (and slightly crazy) creator of interesting (and slightly crazy) watches. After the 2007 release of the RM011 Flyback Chronograph Felipe Massa, he was a megastar.