One of the first people to prominently wear a Richard Mille was Jean Todt. It was the beginning of a deep friendship between the charismatic watchmaker and the racing car legend. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Jean Todt’s illustrious career, Richard Mille created a collection of limited editions, and among them this beautiful RM 11-03 Jean Todt.
Eye-catching is the beautiful blue color of the case, with some white accents incorporated in them. This extremely light composite material is created by stacking 600 layers of silica, each only 45 microns thick, and impregnate them with a blue resin. After being heated to 120 degrees celsius, the material is machined into its final shape.
It would not be a novel Richard Mille sports watch without a tourbillon, which the RM 70-10 is not missing. The manually-wound 3Hz tourbillon-escapement grade RM07-01 motion has 70 hours of power book and suggests precisely the time. Most of the movement architecture is produced from titanium, and its appeal is quite much in the plan. Again, this watch is supposed to be the esteemed super high-end lifestyle sports watch maker’s first foray into the world of cycling (which, mind you, is just modestly exploited by the luxury watch industry now), so it needed to be as on-theme as possible.Richard Mile actually took inspiration from bike pedals to the design of this movement — which you can kind of see. The movement offers just the time, but also has a discreet power reserve indicator near the tourbillon. The “Mechanical Odometer” is technically its own system and can step up to 99,999 Km (or whatever else you’d like the numbers to represent).On the wrist, that the Richard Mile RM 70-01 Alain Prost is not something I have yet seen, however the curved case appears compelling. It is generated by Carbon TPT, which provides that cool Damascus steel-style organic layered appearance. This is because, such as layered steel, this instance is machined pieces of layered carbon. This is not the first asymmetric Richard Mille watch (I think one of the Yohan Blake models was), however, the RM 70-01 is certainly the first that’ll catch most people’s attention.
The movement is equally innovative and eye-catching, crafted from a grade 5 titanium alloy, with a PVD coating, featuring a high-tech finish. While the RM 11-03 Jean Todt has an avant-garde feel to it, old school craftsmanship is utilized as well, as is evident by the hand chamfered and polished bridges, as well the locking sections. Interesting to note is that the RM 11-03 Jean Todt not only features an oversized date aperture at twelve o’clock but also automatically adjusts for months with 30 or 31 days, making it an annual calendar.
Of course, the flyback chronograph is the main complication in this watch. Powered by automatic manufacture caliber RMAC3, it features two main spring barrels, providing the watch with a 55-hour power reserve. It also features Richard Mille’s signature variable geometry rotor, another testimony to the sportive character of this Richard Mille.
Combining all, it seems that Jean Todt couldn’t have wished for a more fitting tribute to the five decades in which he ascended as a motorsport greatness, as well as a better token of respect, admiration, and friendship from Richard Mille himself.
The How Much Is Richard Mille Watches Replica RM 11-03 Jean Todt is limited to 150 pieces, and exclusively available at the Richard Mille Boutiques