Richard Mille presents the RM 07-01 in an all-new, gem-set black ceramic

Richard Mille presents the RM 07-01 in an all-new, gem-set black ceramic

The technicity of beauty

Text: Angelyn Kwek

Cheerio Carbon TPT, the Richard Mille RM 07-01 gets a remodel in black ceramic

Variety is the spice the life, especially when you apply this adage to a Richard Mille innovation. In the maison's quest to constantly push the boundaries, they've utilised black ceramic to revamp the RM 07-01 in a bid to expand the style options for the women who love beauty as much as they do practicality.

Whetting not just the appetites of the feminine palate though, this new creation is a pre-SIHH teaser of what Richard Mille has in store for 2018, featuring an even steeper degree of technicality that combines black ceramic with the art of diamond-setting even the gents can appreciate. "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."

Richard Mille RM 07-01 Black Ceramic

Besides looking cool as heck, the black TZP ceramic boasts an exceptional hardness and scratch resistance, composed of extremely fine grain finished with a matte texture. And if you wonder how ceramic can become matte, its all thanks to a long and delicate process of milling and micro-shot peening. Given the equally meticulous attention are the full-cut stones, selected for their brilliant clarity to contrast stunningly against the velvety black case. Of course, the same level of technicity can be found beneath the surface; the in-house calibre CRMA2, crafted in grade 5 titanium with a variable-geometry rotor that lets the wearer adjust the automatic winding according to their activity levels. Now who can say no to a piece of pretty that's state-of-the-art?

The Richard Mille RM 07-01 Black Ceramic will be showing at SIHH 2018.