Richard Mille’s iconic ladies’ timepiece, the RM 07-01 collection, is once again causing a sensation with its new iteration, a range of radiant, brightly-hued eye-catching watches.
The brand introduces three new limited-edition models in technically advanced ceramic, with brilliant multi-material guilloche dials which embody the RM 07-01 collection’s no-compromise approach to aesthetics and performance, combining the highest levels of mechanical watchmaking, movement engineering and decorative finish.
Set apart by their brand new case colours and graphic dial elements, each of the three models in the new collection is limited to 50 timepieces.
The brightly-hued RM 07-01 Pastel Blue, RM 07-01 Pastel Pink and RM 07-01 Pastel Lavender pieces housed in cases of ceramic and animated by the automatic CRMA2 in-house movement feature segmented central dial plates assembled from inserts of ceramic and geometrically patterned rubber.
The dials also feature, in a first for Richard Mille – hand-crafted guillochage, a decorative craft that originated in the 16th century.
In its most authentic form, dial guillochage consists of individual repeating lines, cut by a hand-turned lathe, that intersect and overlap to create a graphic motif.
Guillocheurs (practitioners of this art), can train for decades before they are considered masters of their craft.
Seeing how this form of craftsmanship is used in today’s classical style watches, the brand’s director of creation and development Cécile Guenat considered incorporating this within a Richard Mille watch, but with a fresh pop of energy.
Hence, the RM 07-01 Coloured Ceramic models have taken this centuries-old technique and applied it in creative ways that demonstrate the brand’s ability to subvert established ideas, in true Richard Mille style.
The rhodium-plated red-gold dial element at the centre of each RM 07-01 is a segment of a larger pattern, a motif that is part botanical with six lobbed, part sunburst, part Art Deco and all Richard Mille.
Their lines subtly align with the floating hour markers on the microblasted titanium flange, and surrounding the guilloché dial segment and reinforcing the theme of modernity blended with tradition, are geometrically shaped elements of ceramic and rubber, in perfect complement with the ceramic case and bi-colour rubber straps.
There are three colour variations within the RM 07-01 Coloured Ceramics collection and they are TZP pink ceramic with cerulean-lilac rubber strap, TZP lavender ceramic with coral-tangerine rubber strap, and TZP blue ceramic with olive-aqua rubber strap. In deciding on the hues and textures of these new models, Guenat and her team worked through multiple versions before arriving at these final configurations.
“I was inspired by the Art Deco architecture you see in Miami, these pastel colours and bold patterns that are so distinctive and convey such an amazing vibe and attitude,” said Guenat.
The use of new coloured ceramic in the larger family of RM 07-01 watches is above all playful and energetic but is anchored by its exceptional performance as a case material.
TZP ceramic is light, hypoallergenic, durable and virtually scratch-proof, thanks to its zirconium oxide composition and sintering (firing) manufacture process.
This is the perfect match to its automatic in-house calibre CRMA2, made of microblasted and electroplasma treated titanium and capturing its power from a 5N red gold variable-geometry rotor that maintains the watch optimally wound at all times.
Together with the radiant energy of the bi-colour rubber straps and the hand-finished sheen of the gold guilloché dial, the ceramic cases of the new RM 07-01 make for three supremely enjoyable Richard Mille watches.
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