A graphic and colorful capsule collection with tradition at its core
Richard Mille’s undisputed female icon, the RM 07-01 collection, continues to make waves with each new iteration. Three new limited-edition models in advanced technical ceramics with colourful guilloche dials embody the RM 07-01 collection’s uncompromising approach to aesthetics and performance, combining the highest levels of mechanical watchmaking, Movement engineering and decorative finishes.
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All three watches in the new RM 07-01 coloured ceramic collection stand out with new case colours and graphic dial elements, and are limited to 50 pieces. The RM 07-01 Pastel Blue, RM 07-01 Pastel Pink and RM 07-01 Pastel Lavender are shots of pure summer joy, housed in a ceramic case and powered by the automatic CRMA2 in-house movement. The segmented central dial consists of a combination of ceramic inserts, rubber with a geometric pattern and a guilloché pattern handcrafted by Richard Mille.
Guillochage is a decorative craft that originated in the 16th century. In its truest form, the dial guilloché consists of individual repeating lines, cut by hand lathes, intersecting and overlapping to form a graphic pattern. Practitioners of this art, known as guillocheurs, can train for decades before they are considered masters of their craft.
Today, among the vintage-inspired watches, creative and development director Cécile Guenat considers incorporating it into Richard Mille watches, but with a unique freshness. So, in typical Richard Mille fashion, the RM 07-01 coloured ceramic watch takes this centuries-old technology and applies it in creative ways, demonstrating the brand’s ability to subvert established ideas.
The rhodium-plated red gold dial element in the center of each RM 07-01 is part of a larger pattern that is part vegetal with six lobes, part sunburst, part Art Deco and all fashion Richard Mille. Their lines are subtly aligned with the floating hour markers on the micro-sprayed titanium flange. Around the guilloche dial, emphasizing the theme of fusion of modernity and tradition, geometric ceramic and rubber elements complement the ceramic case and two-tone rubber strap.
The RM 07-01 Colored Ceramics collection is available in three colours – TZP pink ceramic with a sky blue-lilac rubber strap, TZP lilac ceramic with a coral orange rubber strap, and TZP blue ceramic with olive green rubber strap. When deciding on the colors and textures of these new models, Cécile Guenat and her team worked on multiple versions before arriving at these final configurations. “I was inspired by the Art Deco buildings you see in Miami, the pastel colors and bold patterns are so unique and convey such an amazing atmosphere and attitude.”
The use of the new coloured ceramic in the larger RM 07-01 replica watch collection is fun and vibrant at first, but it sets the stage for its exceptional performance as a case material. Thanks to its zirconia composition and sintered manufacturing process, TZP ceramics are lightweight, hypoallergenic, durable and virtually scratch-resistant. This level of performance is perfectly matched with the in-house automatic movement CRMA2, which is made of micro-blasted and plasma-treated titanium and draws its power from a 5N red gold variable geometry rotor that keeps the watch in optimal winding condition at all times. Combined with the bright energy of the two-tone rubber strap and the hand-polished lustre of the gold guilloche dial, the ceramic case of the new RM 07-01 makes up three of the most pleasing Richard Mille watches.