The Le Mans Classic is a biennial vintage sports car race, held on the venue of the Le Mans 24 Hours Endurance Race. The event includes a series of racing cars participating in the 24 Hours of Le Mans or similar racing cars of the same model. Auto shows and auctions are also held at the Bugatti circuit, and various auto clubs meet to showcase machinery. The 2014 exhibition attracted more than 110,000 visitors and brought together 60 car manufacturers represented by 160 car clubs, with a total of 8,000 cars.
The 8th edition of the event will be held from July 8th to 10th and will be hosted by Richard Mille, the main partner and official timekeeper of the event.
Richard Mille celebrates the Le Mans Classic by creating a new watch for each competition. This year, the brand has just launched the RM 11-02 Le Mans Classic, which is a grade 5 titanium alloy automatic movement with a variable geometric oscillating weight. The large date display at 12 o’clock can automatically adjust for 30 and 31 days. (Annual calendar), UTC time is displayed at 4:30, the flyback chronograph has 24-hour and 60-minute counters at 6 o’clock and 3 o’clock respectively, and a countdown function at 9 o’clock.
RM 11-02 Le Mans Classic is not only on the movement, but also on the white ATZ ceramic case and the rubber ring of the NTPT carbon fiber crown. The dimensions are 50 mm x 42.70 mm x 16.15 mm.
Some details are reminiscent of the world of racing: the grooves of the buttons are reminiscent of the surface of old-fashioned pedals, the precision-machined crown reminiscent of the clutch mechanism through the bottom plate, the ribs are like the engine crankcase, and of course the Le Mans classic dial. The sign and the number “16” appearing at 12 o’clock alluded to the start time of the endurance race. Richard Mille copy watches