Valuable stones have for some time been installed in valuable metal, with more intriguing, yet more affordable, materials being a more current craze. Roger Dubuis debuted precious stones set in elastic in 2015, while Richard Mille uncovered its RM 07-01 and RM 037 in jewel set carbon composite revealed before in the year. Also, now, only in front of SIHH 2018, Richard Mille has raised the draperies on the RM 07-01 Gem-Set Black Ceramic.
However, similar to the unordinary jewel set materials that preceded, the precious stones in the most recent Richard Mille are not set into the dark earthenware as such, since gemstones must be set into materials with a modest piece of give.
Rather minor openings are penetrated into the clay – which is too difficult to have gemstones squeezed into it – to suit 0.25mm red gold prongs, each separately cleaned before establishment, that at that point hold the precious stones set up on the earthenware.
In spite of the fact that clay has been broadly utilized as a part of watchmaking from brands as assorted as IWC and Chanel, this denotes the first run through in watchmaking where jewels are determined to fired, as opposed to on metal plates settled to fired.
Bling aside, the new RM 07-01 is generally the same as the prior models. The watch measures 45.66mm by 31.4mm and has a skeletonised dial with enriching pavé jewels on an internal part ring that surrounds an onyx focus. While the jewel set front plate and case back are dark fired, the case center is red gold.
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Underneath this is simply the skeletonised, winding CRMA2 development, which has a base plate and extensions give in titanium a role as well as a “variable-geometry” rotor in 18k gold that can be balanced (by a watchmaker) to suit the wearer’s physical action.
The cost for the new RM 07-01 still can’t seem to be declared, however a comparable model without the jewels on artistic retails for US$125,000.