Throughout the last couple of weeks when I had the RM033 about, event invites and travel schedules worked out in a manner which I was on the road a great deal and thus meeting lots of new people — mostly journalists working from the watch or fashion business, but also watch industry insiders. On such occasions, once everybody is past the “How was your flight?” Round of petty small talk, things come to either complimenting the readily identified iconic view of the person sitting nearby, or, even if it seems interesting in any way, the ever-green silence-breaker question arises: “So, What Watch Are You Wearing? “Together with the RM011, I was barely ever asked this question. In Hong Kong I had been greeted twice with “Ooh, you’re wearing a costly watch!” Being yelled at me — and in other, more discreet configurations, nevertheless everyone with anything related to the watch business knew more or less what the opinion has been. The Richard Mille Latest Watches Replica RM033 is a completely different story.Soon after starting his brand from the early 2000s, Richard Mille known and also good field followed the (not-so-)secret recipe into luxury watch brand success: be bold and immediately recognizable. I mean, just consider any one of the very successful luxury watches ever produced. Take the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak as a most fitting example: that the Royal Oak was stupid expensive in 1972, but had an exterior unique enough that rich individuals consciously or subconsciously started (and very much continue) to gravitate towards it as they understand or at least feel how the Royal Oak, like no other watch in the time and still few now, exhibits surplus wealth. For some fun reading on a related subject, check out this article on how the most famous watches can be recognized only for their hand layouts.
Precious stones have long been embedded in precious metal, with more exotic, but less expensive, materials being a newer fad. Roger Dubuis premiered diamonds set in rubber in 2015, while Richard Mille Watches Price In India Replica unveiled its RM 07-01 and RM 037 in diamond-set carbon composite unveiled earlier in the year. And now, just ahead of SIHH 2018, Richard Mille has raised the curtains on the RM 07-01 Gem-Set Black Ceramic.
But like the unusual gem-set materials that came before, the diamonds in the latest Richard Mille are not set into the black ceramic per se, since gemstones can only be set into materials with a tiny bit of give.
Instead tiny holes are drilled into the ceramic – which is too hard to have gemstones pressed into it – to accommodate 0.25mm red gold prongs, each individually polished before installation, that then hold the diamonds in place on the ceramic.
Though ceramic has been widely used in watchmaking from brands as diverse as IWC and Chanel, this marks the first time in watchmaking where diamonds are set on ceramic, rather than on metal plates fixed to ceramic.
Bling aside, the new RM 07-01 is fundamentally the same as the earlier models. The watch measures 45.66mm by 31.4mm and has a skeletonised dial with decorative pavé diamonds on an inner chapter ring that encircles an onyx centre. While the diamond-set front plate and case back are black ceramic, the case middle is red gold.
Underneath all this is the skeletonised, self-winding CRMA2 movement, which has a base plate and bridges cast in titanium as well as a “variable-geometry” rotor in 18k gold that can be adjusted (by a watchmaker) to suit the wearer’s physical activity.
The price for the new RM 07-01 has yet to be announced, but a similar model without the diamonds on ceramic retails for US$125,000.