Richard Mille’s first watch of 2021 is a white ceramic, white gold, white mother of pearl and white diamonds model for women; the first time the watchmaker has combined all of the materials.
The $180,000 addition to the RM 037 collection required a range of skills and techniques, many unique to Richard Mille.
A lengthy machining and diamond grinding process is used to create the complex shapes of white ATZ ceramic used for the bezel and caseback.
The ceramic is so difficult to work with because it is one of the hardest materials in the world after diamond.
Richard Mille has used a combination of matte and polished finishes on its 52.6mm x 34.4mm tonneau-shaped case that frames a watch face with a central mother of pearl and diamond dial with large date at 12 o’clock that floats above a skeletonized automatic-winding in-house movement with a baseplate and bridges in black PVD-treated titanium.
A white gold pusher on the side of the watch is used to set the time. It switches between functions used to wind the CRMA1 automatic movement or set the time when the crown is turned.
The watch is on sale from this month at Richard Mille boutiques.