Fifty years of automotive passion, 50 years down an exceptional career path. In honor of his friend Jean Todt, Richard Mille is dedicating three models to him, each bearing Jean Todt’s name and favorite colors: the RM 11-03, RM 050 and RM 056 Jean Todt 50th Anniversary.
Jean Todt and Richard Mille have forged a strong friendship based on their shared passions: watchmaking, extreme technicity and all things automotive. “I love the watches designed by Richard. I love their lightness, their technicity and their exclusivity,” shares Todt. The two men agree they are equally obsessive, detail-oriented and demanding in their respective fields, as is clearly illustrated by the special series.
Presented last September at Chantilly Arts & Elegance during a jubilee celebrating Jean Todt’s career, the RM 11-03 Flyback Chronograph is a resolutely sporty watch, wholly inspired by automobiles and their history while displaying the new visual codes of the brand. Powered by an architectural automatic calibre in grade 5 titanium, the RM 11-03 Jean Todt 50th Anniversary is protected by a new blue and white Quartz TPT™ case. Extremely resistant and light, this composite is obtained by stacking 600 layers of silica only 45 microns thick, which are then impregnated with an exclusive Richard Mille blue resin. The assembly is then heated to 120 °C before being machined in Richard Mille’s factory.
Blue Quartz TPT™ is also used for the case of the RM 050 Jean Todt 50th Anniversary. This calibre houses a split-seconds chronograph regulated by a tourbillon. The extreme skeletonization of the bridges and baseplate, combined with the use of titanium and carbon nanofibre made it possible to obtain a particularly light movement, weighing only 9.5 grams but offering startling performance.
This exceptional mechanism also animates the final piece of the Jean Todt collection: the RM 056, which is housed in a sapphire case. Its construction and curvature require both human ingenuity and very long machining times, essential to achieving this level of ergonomics and finish, unique even in fine watchmaking. This case required no less than 1,000 hours of machining per case, including 430 hours devoted to grinding and 350 hours of polishing.
The RM 11-03, RM 050 and RM 056 will be produced in limited editions of 150, 5 and 3 pieces, respectively.
About Jean Todt: In 1966, the Frenchman began his career and participated in the World Rally Championships, which he won alongside Guy Fréquelin in 1981. He was then appointed Peugeot’s Director of Racing and founded Peugeot Talbot Sport, which claimed the Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ World Rally Championship titles in 1985 and 1986, as well as first place in the general classification at the four editions of the Paris-Dakar Rally between 1987 and 1990. In 1990, Jean Todt became Director of Sporting Activities of the PSA Peugeot Citroën Group, overseeing Peugeot’s participation in the World Sports Car Championships, which Peugeot won in 1992. It also claimed two consecutive victories at the 1992 and 1993 Le Mans 24 Hours. In 1993 Jean Todt left Peugeot to become Manager of Ferrari’s Racing Division. From that year until 2008, Scuderia Ferrari won 14 Formula One World titles and 106 Grand Prix victories. In 2001 he added responsibility for all motor sport activities of the Ferrari-Maserati Group. He went on to serve as GM of Ferrari, and CEO in 2006. In 2009 Jean Todt left Ferrari and was elected President of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), a position he continues to hold. He also serves as a United Nations Special Envoy for Road Safety, and is founder of the ICM, an institute devoted to medical research for brain and spinal cord disorders.