Watch & Jewellery
AS COOL OF A SIGHT AS THE NEXT ECLIPSE: Richard Mille’s RM 07-01 Automatic Starry Night
Text by Kee | Photos courtesy of Richard Mille
Richard Mille’s 'RM 07-01 Automatic Starry Night' features 181 diamonds set on the Carbon TPT bezel and dial plate
Richard Mille’s 'RM 07-01 Automatic Starry Night' features 181 diamonds set on the Carbon TPT bezel and dial plate
Richard Mille’s 'RM 07-01 Automatic Starry Night' features 181 diamonds set on the Carbon TPT bezel and dial plate

If you’re still circling around the idea that all ladies wristwatches look like an prop that a princess on a unicorn would pick to match her Cinderella-esque gown, it might be time to update your knowledge bank on what women want. And surely her answer isn’t basic or whatever else everyone is having. The good news for those who don’t share the same yawn-inducing options as her social circle, there are solid options out there that even we know won’t likely outfit-clash with others. This new release, titled RM 07-01 Automatic Starry Night by Richard Mille, puts the rest of those dainty options in the shadows. This eyeliner-favouring, leather jacket-matching RM 07-01 mould continues from where it left off in 2019. Clad in Carbon TPT (which stands for Thin Ply Technology) which the watchmaker first used in 2013, this material is known for its lightweight and durable properties and can be seen as parts of sailing yachts and race cars. Even its milling process isn’t run-of-the-mill. Carbon TPT can’t be cut using old-school tools; only new CNC machines with a diamond bit which means it’s no pushover in terms of hardness. What’s mind-blowing is that the case and bracelet only weighs 29 grams (that’s the weight of a few pieces of paper, mind you). Owners will appreciate the rich textures on the materials too – a wood-like grain that under the right lighting conditions look just as alien in its blueprint. Tapping on the blackness of the material, Richard Mille has added something new to its 2021 edition of this crowd favourite: diamonds. Set in a manner that’s growing in popularity, Richard Mille has harnessed snow-setting for this experience, a method that arranges different sized stones on metal. Whilst the setting looks randomised (like the effects of snowfall), it is anything but as there is an algorithm to follow in order to ensure that the final puzzle composed of these sparkling gems fit to a tee. 181 diamonds have been set on the Carbon TPT bezel and dial plate which are testaments of the watchmaker’s finesse (need we remind you of the material’s specialised toughness). The result is a self-winding wristwatch that looks like one’s gazing into a starlit sky. Make no mistakes: this one’s as dreamy as it is badass and we don’t think there are many others that will easily fit that billing. As for the damage, the good news is that there’s a limit to this sky. At least a sweet quarter of a mill in American currency.

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