Inspired by 21st-century technology and materials used in automotive racing, especially Formula 1(TM), Richard Mille presented their first wristwatch in the first month of the year 2000. Now the RM-011 Felipe Massa Edition watch is available for racing fans and high-technology timepiece lovers in an ultra-limited edition: the RM-011-1, the Singapore GP watch. Only 50 of the RM-011-1 watches were produced to commemorate the first F1 race run on the new track in Singapore in September 2008, and F1 driver Felipe Massa’s participation. This was also F1’s first nighttime race and will continue to be the only night race on the schedule.
Many materials incorporated in the F1 driving machines are also used to craft the RM-011-1 Singapore GP watch. The most noticeable of these is the red carbon fiber border just inside the bezel. Into this red band are also set white dots at each hour position, which absorb ambient light from all sources, and glow luminously in the dark. A band of the same red carbon fiber encircles the watch stem. The bezel itself is coated with DLC (diamond-like carbon), which yields a matte gray finish that is superior in its resistance to both scratches and corrosion.
The watch face and case are in the distinctive Richard Mille shape, a rectangle with its long sides slightly curved outward. Red and white, the colors of Singapore’s flag, highlight many features of the watch face. . The large squared-off numerals marking the hours are alternately red and white in keeping with the flag color scheme. The date window is framed by a rectangle in red with white diagonals, and the month indicator is in a separate window between the 4 and 5 o’clock positions.
Three chronographs add to the versatile functionality of the RM-011-1: a sixty-second timer at the right (3:00), with yellow arrow; a 60-minute countdown timer on the left (9:00) and a second time zone dial in the 6 o’clock position, complete with two red and white hands.
The frame of the automatic winding movement emphasizes the beauty of the technology that goes into every Richard Mille watch. The 62-jewel movement is connected to a 3-arm balance made of a patented material called Glucydur, while the crystal covering the face is of patented transparent Incabloc for shock resistance that exceeds all current industry specifications. The movement vibrates at an above average 28,800 vph, equivalent to 4 Khz. The power reserve for the RM-011-1 is a maximum of 55 hours, but will vary depending on how often and for how long the timer functions are engaged.
The Singapore GP RM-011-1 watch has one final exclusive feature: engraved on the back is the legend “Felipe Massa’s 1st Grand Prix.” While it is now a collector’s item, you may still purchase the RM-011 Felipe Massa edition at any Richard Mille authorized retailer. Both the RM-011 series watches perform flawlessly under conditions of extreme vibration such as those in auto racing, speedboat racing and snowmobiling. If these are your sports, the RM-011 series watches by Richard Mille are for you.
Richard Mille Singapore RM – 011 Watch pictures