These brand new watches are known as the Richard Mille RM 67-02 High Jump and RM 67-02 Sprint, for its athletes’ various events.Before we discuss the watches, it’s necessary to talk first about Richard Mille’s latest ambassadors. Mutaz Essa Barshim is a Qatari high jump pro and currently holds the national record and Asian record in high jump with a best mark of 2.43 meters. He even won a silver medal at the 2016 Olympics. He also holds the world’s best time in the 300-meter. And that is not all, since he is also the sole sprinter in history to have run the 100 meters in under 10 seconds, the 200 meters at under 20 minutes, the 300 meters in less than 31 seconds, and the 400 meters at below 44 seconds.Impressive athletes for sure, but surely also striking are the brand new Richard Mille RM 67-02 Sprint and High Jump watches. The RM 67-02 is based on the sooner Richard Mille RM 67-01 (hands-on here) and can be said to be the sports version. Both RM 67-02 watches have exactly the same movement as the RM 67-01, but possess various instances which were designed specifically for the two athletes.
Having pioneered the use of North Thin Ply Technology (NTPT) carbon composites in watch cases, Richard Mille is once again injecting new elements into the distinctive striped material. Both Gold Quartz-TPT and Gold NTPT carbon have 10 micron-thick sheets of gold leaf in between the composite layers, giving the new materials brilliant gold striations. Made by Swiss specialist NTPT, the material Richard Mille usually employs for its composite watches consists of sheets of carbon fibre, one over the other, alternating the direction of the weave to create a striking pattern. Various iterations of the composite have been introduced since its inception, including a quartz-silica-carbon combination in flaming red, as well as a grey and white composite used on the ultra-light RM 27-02 Rafael Nadal.
Both the RM 07-01 Gold Quartz-TPT and the RM 037 Gold NTPT Carbon feature red gold case bands, along with the hands, dial and crown in the same warm colour of gold. The RM 07-01 Gold Quartz-TPT has a mother of pearl dial centre, while the RM 037 Gold NTPT Carbon has it in polished black onyx.
Both the RM 07 and RM 037 are both ladies watches with automatic movements, but the RM 037 is slightly larger with additional functions. While the RM 07 tells only the time, the RM 037 also has a date function that can be set via the button at four o’clock.
Pricing has yet to be announced, but with the white ceramic RM 07 priced at about US$100,000, expect this pair to cost substantially more.