Richard Mille has added the exclusive gem-set ceramic watch to its ladies’ collection. With this unprecedented marriage of diamonds and black ceramic, the brand illustrates its determination to develop watches for women who are as much fascinated by technology as by beauty.
In addition to its exceptional hardness and scratch resistance, black TZP ceramic possesses an
extremely fine grain, ensuring a perfect finish with a matte effect.
The watch involves a long and delicate process of milling and microshot peening. The complex shapes of the bezel and case bottom require a finisher to polish each angle by hand.
“After our work on setting gems in Carbon TPT®, we wanted to extend this innovative setting
technique to new materials,” explains Cécile Guenat, technical director for jewellery-making at
Richard Mille. “We naturally gravitated to ceramic, because it had never been done before.”
The case, in diamond-set black ceramic and red gold, houses an in-house Calibre CRMA2, an automatic movement assembled on a baseplate and bridges crafted in grade 5 titanium.
The RM 07-01 Black Ceramic will be on display at the Salon International de la Haute
Horlogerie in Geneva this month.