Richard Mille, known for his bold, oversized men’s sports watches, has started courting female collectors who covet the Richard Mille look but not the fat one. The new RM 037 and RM 07-01 ladies’ models have the same Richard Mille barrel shape, but are sized for a female wrist. The dimensions of the Rafa Nadal RM 27-03’s case, for example, are 47.77mm long x 40.3mm wide x 12.75mm thick, while the RM 037 is 52.63 x 34mm. , 40 x 13.00 mm and the RM 07-01 45.66 x 31.40 x 11.85 mm. They also retain the Richard Mille signature element of the alternative case materials. The RM 037 housing is made of ATZ ceramic, which is made of high pressure treated aluminum oxide powder tubes. In addition to being resistant to scratches and abrasion, like all ceramics, Richard Mille claims that ATZ ceramics are 20-30% stiffer than typical ceramics and that they stain completely.
Like most RM watches, the movement is openwork, and here the automatic caliber CRMA1 is placed between bridges and a base plate in black PVD-treated titanium. The dial is mother of pearl, with a date display at 12 o’clock and a function selector at 4 o’clock – used to choose between winding (W), neutral (N) and hand setting (H) actions . The RM 037 is an exclusive boutique, priced at $ 180,000.
The cases of two RM 07-01 models are made of TPT carbon, a lightweight but strong composite that features a slight matrix and moiré luster. TPT carbon is so hard that it must be machined with CNC machines that cut with special diamond bits. The case and dial of the Automatic Starry Night are drilled for diamonds, which are randomly set in 18k red gold prong settings. The prong setting adds an extra flash because, since the diamonds (181 in total) are not sunk into the metal, they can absorb and then reflect more light.
The RM 07-01 Automatic is one of Richard Mille’s most precious pieces. It features an open link chain type bracelet with alternating links in carbon TPT and 18k red gold. The case is the same as the Starry Night, but with more red gold highlights, including a larger bezel, gold bracelet, and gold lugs. The contrast between the glossy red and matte black surfaces is spectacular. The RM 07-01 Automatic Starry Night is priced at $ 268,000 and the RM 07-01 Automatic with open link bracelet is priced at $ 226,000. They are reserved for shops.