Richard Mille has been granted registered trademarks for two unique compounds, based on quartz and carbon that are being used for the first time in its new RM 27-02 timepiece.
The brand’s engineers have created a composite named NTPT carbon, which is used in the case of the new manual winding tourbillon watch. The material is designed to offer improved resistance to micro-cracks.
They have also developed a material known as TPT quartz, composed of hundreds of layers of quartz filaments piled on top of each other. These fibres are exceptionally resistant to high temperatures and are characterised by extreme strength and transparency to electromagnetic waves, the company claims.
Both materials are used in the case construction of a limited edition timepiece dedicated to tennis that was unveiled ahead of the French Open by brand ambassador Rafael Nadal. Only 50 numbered pieces have been made.