[dropcap size=small]T[/dropcap]here are women who enjoy both extreme sports and extremely sparkly things, and they deserve timepieces that combine both preferences. Richard Mille, fortunately, is among a growing number of watchmakers filling that niche, and is doing so this year with the new RM 07-01 and RM 037 featuring gem-set NTPT carbon.
NTPT carbon is an extremely strong material used in the sails of racing yachts, but picked up for watchmaking for the first time by Richard Mille. Prized not just for its toughness but also for its unique pattern, it has became a signature material in the men’s collections since 2013. And working with such an unyielding material is harder with the introduction of jewels.
The new ladies’ models require special CNC milling machines equipped with diamond tools in order to perform a pave setting. In addition to that, all the prongs – in white or red gold – are polished by hand before being inserted into bearings just 0.25mm wide. Quite the task, considering the Full Set version of the RM 037 contains 250 diamonds in its case.
Inside the RM 07-01 beats the automatic, skeletonised Calibre CRMA2, with a 50-hour power reserve and an adjustable variable-inertia rotor. The RM 037, the larger of the two, contains the Calibre CRMA1, which includes additional functions like an outsized date and function selector.