One of the world’s most exclusive watchmakers, Richard Mille, has produced a high-tech timepiece that uses graphene to achieve its lightest-in-the-world distinction. Only 75 of the hand-winded chronographs will be constructed.
SCMP.com reports the RM 50-03 McLaren F1, weighing less than 40 grams, including the strap, is the first watch to use ultra-strong and molecularly light two-dimensional graphene. With the help of scientists and engineers from the University of Manchester and Richard Mille’s automotive partner, Mclaren-Honda, the watch is infused with 600 layers of graphene and features the stronger-than-steel substance in the timepiece’s bezel and caseback. Graphene was also used to construct the instrument’s traverse cage, in a design borrowed from McLaren-Honda’s Formula 1 racing car.
“For its female fans, the brand presented the new RM 07-01 and RM 037 models, featuring diamonds set in NTPT carbon on the case. This is the first time the brand has introduced NTPT carbon in its women’s collection; previously it had been reserved for men’s watches.”