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Richard Mille RM 72-01 Le Mans Classic Celebrates 100 Years of Racing

Richard Mille RM 72 01 Le Mans Classic

First rolex, now the second biggest R in watchmaking, Richard Mille. The ultra-pricey sports watch specialists have launched the RM 72-01 Le Mans Classic to celebrate 100 years of 24-Hour racing at Le Mans and also the 11th edition of Le Mans Classic.

Having produced a limited edition ‘Le Mans Classic’ for the biennial race since 2002, there’s been some iconic references given the white and green treatment. We’ve had the RM029, the RM11-02, the RM11, the Felipe Massa and latest 150-piece limited edition run is based on the RM 72-01 ‘Lifestyle’ Flyback Chronograph, and the first Richard Mille to include an in-house chronograph.

Richard Mille RM 72 01 Le Mans Classic

The in-house calibre CRMC1 contains a patented double oscillating pinion clutch mechanism for its flyback chronograph; it’s a stunning movement and the view through the caseback is a work of art.

On top of this, there is as a handy crown indicator at 3 o’clock which points to one of following functions: W (Winding), D (Date Adjusting), and H (Hand Setting). We saw something similar on the record-breaking Richard Mille RM UP-01 Ferrari launched Last year and it’s the type of motoring inspired detail I can really get behind.

Richard Mille RM 72 01 Le Mans Classic

The main connections to the biennial race, however, are aesthetic. Specifically, the Quartz TPT case wears a green and white livery with the green details decorating  the turbine like crown, the tachymeter and rather quaint Le Mans logo at 11 o’clock. The case material if you’re not familiar is of a similar construction to carbon fibre but uses fused quartz fibres instead. This allows Richard Mille a lot more control over the colour.

Richard Mille RM 72 01 Le Mans Classic

Although the RM 72-01 Le Mans Classic is a watch I probably will never own, the rarefied air of occasion, the smell of classic cars barrelling around Circuit de la Sarthe, the exceptional horology on display and the drama of the best marketeers in the game make me almost understand the CHF 295,000 (approx. £260,000) + VAT price tag. Almost.

Price & Specs:

  • Model: Richard Mille RM 72-01 Le Mans Classic
  • Ref: RM 72-01
  • Case/dial: 38.4mm width x 47.34mm length x 11.68mm  thickness, Quartz TPT® case, titanium skeletonised dial
  • Water resistance: 30m (3 bar)
  • Movement: RM calibre CRMC1, automatic, 39 jewels
  • Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
  • Power reserve: 50h
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, flyback chronograph
  • Strap: White rubber
  • Price/availability: CHF 295,000 (approx. £260,000) + VAT, limited to 150 pieces

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Tom Pettit

Born into a family of watch lovers, Tom is both co-founder of Oracle Time and the driving force behind its creative direction. A lover of retro watch design, surfing and the great outdoors his usual glasses are nicely rose-tinted.