Two of the most successful Richard Mille models for Ladies, the RM 07-01 and the RM 037, are now available in Gold Carbon TPT, a new exclusive material that is the combination of carbon and gold leaf.
Both the RM 07-01 and the slightly larger RM 037 with oversize date have been previously presented with cases in Carbon TPT, ceramic or gold.
Now, the latest interpretations of these models combine a composite material that is remarkable for its strength and lightness (Carbon TPT) with a precious metal which remains unrivaled in terms of allure.
The creation of Gold Carbon TPT was particularly challenging and required 4 years of development. Working with this new material is not less complex. In fact, it demands extensive know-how and absolute precision when it comes to designing milling programmes and implement suitable cutting tools.
Carbon TPT is composed by multiple layers of parallel filaments obtained by dividing carbon fibers. These layers, with a maximum thickness of 30 microns, are impregnated with resin then woven on a special machine that modifies the direction of the weft by 45° between layers. For Gold Carbon TPT, the carbon layers are alternated with sheets of gold.
The resulting surface is totally amazing, with the unique look of Carbon TPT reminding us of high quality wood appearance enriched by gorgeous shades of gold. The damascene patterns, revealed at random during the manufacturing process, make each timepiece truly unique.
The tonneau shaped cases of both the RM 07-01 and RM 037 frame dials set with black sapphires and Onyx.
The RM 07-01 is the smallest timepiece of the Ladies' collection (45.66 mm x 31.40 mm x 11.85 mm). Its beating heart is the in-house CRMA2 calibre, a 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations per hour) skeletonised automatic movement offering a power reserve of 50 hours (± 10%) and equipped with a variable-geometry rotor in 18-carat 5N red gold that makes it possible to adjust the automatic winding to the activity levels of its wearer.
Only slightly larger (52.63 mm x 34.40 mm x 13.00 mm), the RM 037 reveals even more details of its in-house CRMA1 skeletonized movement, including the two skeletonised calendar discs used to display the oversize date over a white field placed under 12 o'clock. Beating frequency and autonomy are the same of the CRMA2 model powering the RM 07-01.
This model also features a function selector. Using the push-button at 4 o'clock, it is possible to select the winding (W), neutral (N) and hand-setting (H) functions with a simple push.
With this special gear system, stressful forces placed upon the crown are minimised, and any possible interference of the crown’s functions with the movement is made impossible. This approach protects the integrity of the movement and its mechanisms from external influences, since it does not use a classical crown attachment that penetrates to the movement’s heart.
Creations of rare refinement that bring together technology and prestige, the Richard Mille RM 07-01 and RM 037 have prices of CHF 147,000 and CHF 194,000, respectively. richardmille.com