The Absolutely Eclectic RM 07-01 Coloured Ceramics by Richard Mille
The collection’s contrasting colors, shapes and materials all make a serious statement about the idea of fun and lightheartedness.
Summer is no longer confined to a season, as Richard Mille unveils the splashy RM 07-01 Coloured Ceramics collection. Drawing inspiration from the vibrant and eclectic aesthetics of the 1980s Italian art and architecture movement known as Memphis Design, this collection boldly marries artistic creativity with cutting-edge watchmaking technology.
Cécile Guenat, Creative and Development Director at Richard Mille, explains the allure of Memphis Design, saying, “I find Memphis Design particularly fascinating in its diversity and freedom. The creator’s goal at the time was to escape the strictures of Modernist aesthetics, and they were pioneers in the use of all types of materials through their designs.”
The new colorfully decorated RM 07-01
At the heart of these timepieces lies the art of guillochage, a decorative technique that requires an intricate process, involving the careful engraving of geometric patterns on surfaces.
The collection features dials crafted from gray PVD-treated red gold, adorned with the Memphis motif, while the bezel and caseback are constructed from Tetragonal Zirconia Polycrystal (TZP) ceramic in captivating summer-inspired colors — blush pink, lavender, and powder blue. TZP ceramic is celebrated for its exceptional lightness, durability, and color retention, ensuring that these timepieces retain their vibrant hues over time.
TZP (Tetragonal Zirconia Polycrystal) is a biocompatible ceramic constituted of over 95% zirconia (ZrO2). Its properties include remarkable corrosion resistance, a hardness providing scratch resistance (1,400 Vickers) and toughness superior to that of sapphire, associated with a desirably low density of around 6 g/cm3. The submicron grain size furthermore permits excellent surface finish for a stunning matt effect.
The automatic-winding calibre CRMA2, created from skeletonized, microblasted and electroplasma treated grade 5 titanium, powers the time-only pieces.
Tech Specs: Richard Mille RM 07-01 Coloured Ceramics
Movement: Self-winding calibre CRMA2; 50-hour power reserve
Functions: Hours and minutes
Case: 41mm (10.6mm thick); TZP ceramic (pastel pink/ lavender/ blue); Water-resistant up to 50m
Dial: Red gold with gray PVD treatment
Strap: Varnished calfskin leather
Price: Available upon request
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|Movement||Self-winding caliber SW200-1b; 41-hour power reserve|
|Functions||Hours, minutes and seconds|
|Case||41.5mm; 316 steel with Cerulean blue stonewashed Cerakote coating, matte vintage navy aluminium bezel insert; water resistant to 300m|
|Dial||Matte vintage navy; hour markers outlined in Super-LumiNova|
|Strap||Vintage navy TPU-coated nylon; additional vintage navy nylon with fabric keepers|
|Limited Edition||Limited Edition of 200 pieces|