While women’s watches have been growing in terms of complication in the recent years, their built are still undoubtedly associated with being delicate. With a mindset to shake the status quo, Richard Mille brings its signature feature, NTPT carbon, to its women’s watches: the new RM 07-01 and RM 037.
The NTPT carbon works both as a protective cover for the calibre, as well as adding a “badass” detailing to a watch. The Richard Mille-trademarked carbon is composed of multiple layers of parallel filaments obtained by dividing carbon fibers. When compared to composite materials, NTPT carbon improves the rate of occurrence of breaking stresses by 25% and of micro-cracks by 200%.
The incorporation of NTPT carbon to the women’s watches is a next-level challenge. It involves setting gemstones in the carbon (as opposed to the typical gold), which hardness means a need for a special CNC machines for milling equipped with diamond tools to perform the mitraillage involved in pavé setting.
Hand-polished prongs in red or white gold are produced separately and then inserted around the many 0.25mm bearings destined to firmly contain as many as 250 diamonds in the case of an RM 037 Full Set model. The result can be seen on the two new automatic timepieces.
Technical details of the Richard Mille Automatic RM 037 and RM 07-01 Ladies
Calibre CRM A1
Dimensions: 52.63 x 34.40 x 13.00 mm
Power reserve: circa 50 hours
Baseplate and Bridges made of grade 5 titanium
Rotor with variable geometry
Free spring balance with variable inertia
Fast-rotating barrel (5 hours per revolution instead of 7.5 hours)
Visit richardmille.com to find out more about the revised models.
The article is brought to you by Richard Mille.