With this unprecedented marriage of diamond and black ceramic, the brand illustrates its determination to develop its offerings for women who are as much fascinated by technicity as by beauty. The RM 07-01 in gem-set black ceramic will be on view for a sneak peek at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva, next January.
Among the interesting things about Richard Mille’s affiliation with top athletes is that, as is famously the case with Rafael Nadal, part of this bargain is that the watches are worn during the genuine athletic events, which subjects them to uncommon tests of their durability. The general styling is bright and brash, but that’s the point for so many of their new watches, and you cannot deny that the specifications are impressive – 32g for a self-winding watch is remarkable. You may expect to see these watches around the wrists of Mutaz Essa Barshim and Wayde van Niekerk in the 2017 World Championships in Athletics, which will take place in London from August 5 to August 13. The Richard Mille RM 67-02 Sprint and High Jump are priced in the UK at #116,000 with taxes.One of those interesting things about Richard Mille’s affiliation with top athletes is that, as is famously true for Rafael Nadal, part of this deal is that the watches are worn throughout the actual athletic events, which subjects them to uncommon tests of their durability. The general styling is brilliant and brash, but that’s the point for a lot of their brand’s watches, and you can’t deny that the specifications are impressive – 32g to get a self-winding watch is remarkable.
“After our work on setting gems in Carbon TPT®, we wanted to extend this innovative setting technique to new materials”, explains Cécile Guenat, Technical Director for Jewellery-making at Richard Mille. “We naturally gravitated to ceramic, because it had never been done before. There is now no subterfuge in the way diamonds are incorporated, thanks to way the mitraillage is performed by machining the material directly.”
In addition to its exceptional hardness and scratch resistance, black TZP ceramic possesses an extremely fine grain, ensuring a perfect finish with a matte effect. The latter is the outcome of a long and delicate process of milling and micro-shot peening, whereas showcasing the complex shapes of the bezel and case bottom requires the intervention of a finisher, who polishes each angle by hand.
RM 07-01 in gem-set black ceramic © Richard Mille
Separately produced, and carefully polished, red gold prongs are embedded in the many settings, each 0.25 millimetre in diameter, receiving and holding fast the full-cut diamonds of exceptional clarity. Thus do the velvety black of the ceramic and the sparkle of diamonds set each other off spectacularly. The same is also true for the 5N red gold dial, set with black onyx and diamonds.
The timpeiece houses the in-house Calibre CRMA2, an automatic movement assembled on a baseplate and bridges crafted in grade 5 titanium. Its variable-geometry rotor in 18-carat 5N red gold makes it possible to adjust the automatic winding to the activity levels of its wearer.