It wouldn’t be a book Richard Mille sports opinion without a tourbillon, which the RM 70-10 is not missing. The manually-wound 3Hz tourbillon-escapement grade RM07-01 movement has 70 hours of power reserve and suggests precisely the moment. Most of the movement architecture is generated from titanium, and its allure is quite much in the design. Again, this watch is supposed to be the esteemed super high-end lifestyle sports watch manufacturer’s first foray into the world of cycling (which, mind you, is only modestly exploited by the luxury watch business now), so it needed to be as on-theme as possible.Richard Mile really took inspiration from bicycle pedals for the design of this movement — which you can sort of view. The movement offers just the moment, but also has a discreet power reserve indicator close to the tourbillon. The “Mechanical Odometer” is technically its own system and can step up to 99,999 Km (or whatever else you would like the numbers to represent).On the wrist, the Richard Mile RM 70-01 Alain Prost is not something I have yet seen, but the curved case looks compelling. It is produced by Carbon TPT, which provides that trendy Damascus steel-style natural layered appearance. That is because, like layered steel, this case is machined pieces of layered carbon. The titanium case is 49.48mm wide, 54.88mm tall, and 17.65mm thick. This isn’t the first asymmetric Richard Mille watch (I think one of those Yohan Blake versions was), but the RM 70-01 is unquestionably the first that will capture most people’s interest.
Richard Mille continues its run of unusual composite materials for watch cases with the RM 011 TPT Quartz, made of a vivid red composite that’s a mix of carbon, silica and quartz.
Exotic composite materials are Richard Mille‘s stock in trade, with the new RM 011 TPT Quartz a case in point. With the entire watch case a remarkably bright red, the RM 011 TPT Quartz is the first model to use a carbon-silica-quartz composite, which is light, hard and exceptionally red. The composite was developed by North Thin Ply Technology (NTPT), a composite specialist that usually makes parts for automobiles and aircraft. First used on the RM 27-02 Rafael Nadal tourbillon, TPT Quartz is made up of carbon sheets with layers of silica in-between, resulting in the woodgrain pattern. Quartz is mixed in to give the material a glossy surface while resin is used as a binder for the material, which is baked in an autoclave, and then machined into shape.
Aside from the case material, the rest of the RM 011 TPT Quartz is identical to the stock RM 011. It’s a self-winding chronograph with flyback function and an oversized date display. The RM 011 TPT Quartz is limited to 50 pieces. Pricing has not been announced but expect it to be in the region of US$170,000.