“They are all a bit unique—watches and women both,” says Cécile Guenat, the creative and development director of Richard Mille. As if a testament to how strongly this sentiment is held in the hallowed halls of the brand’s workshop, Richard Mille’s creations for the ladies have always been in a league of their own. One may call them ostentatious, extravagant, or experimental, but one can never accuse them of being staid.
Upholding this tradition of irreverence are two of this year’s additions to the brand’s iconic RM 07-01 ladies’ collection, the RM 07-01 Automatic Starry Night, and an RM 07-01 Automatic with an open-link red gold and carbon TPT bracelet.
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The “TPT” in carbon TPT stands for thin ply technology and the material is prized for its strength, weightlessness, damascene patterned effect, and moiré sheen. Conventionally considered a sporty, high-performance material, it is boldly combined with precious gems and metals in these new watches.
“When it comes to materials, we never make a distinction between our ladies’ and men’s timepieces,” Guenat reveals. “Carbon TPT may feel more suitable for sporty watches, but these variations clearly show that it can be a perfect match for different styles of timepieces. It’s very elegant and lends a modern aesthetic with an impressive look and feel on the wrist.”
In the RM 07-01 Automatic Starry Night, carbon TPT is used in both the case and the strap, resulting in a lightweight watch with a strap that tips the scales at just 29 g. The dial and bezel are studded with 181 diamonds held in place by red gold prongs. Setting gems in the carbon is no small feat.