Richard Mille Created Mechanical Purity With RM 037 White Ceramic Automatic

Richard Mille Created Mechanical Purity With RM 037 White Ceramic Automatic

Adrienne Faurote
By Adrienne Faurote February 9, 2021

Richard Mille is known for its technically advanced models, but that doesn’t exclude its creations from being elegant. The RM 037 already proved this point previously and does so again in its latest interpretation. This time Mille choose a white ceramic to highlight the smooth lines of the tonneau case. Combined with a white rubber strap, does it give the RM 037 a new sense of purity. It has a certain elegance to it, yet also doesn’t deny its sportive and mechanically complex DNA.

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Creating the case out of ceramic is quite a difficult task. First, there is making the ceramic itself. Mille used for this RM 037 ATZ ceramic, which is created out of aluminum oxide power tubes, which are exposed to the extreme pressure of 2,000 bars. This complex process’s advantage is that the material’s porosity is significantly reduced, while its rigidity is increased by 20 to 30%. Processing the ceramic blocks into the complex tonneau shape of the RM 037’s case is another challenge, but once done and given its distinct matte finish, the way it looks and feels makes it all worthwhile.

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One of the most charming details on the RM 037 is that the dial not covers the whole front of the watch. Made from white mother-of-pearl, with an outline set with brilliant-cut diamonds, does it add to the elegance of the case, which shape it also follows. The space that is left between the dial and the case shows us some of the remarkably well-finished parts that make up the automatic movement of this Richard Mille. It is a creative way of showing the watch’s highly technical nature without taking over the design altogether. Because of this subtle approach, the elegance remains. This RM 037 is powered by Richard Mille’s CRMA1 caliber, which features a large date, as well as the brand’s signature function selector. A variable-geometry rotor made from red gold is powering this elegant creation, which shows that Mille has no problem combining elegance with his signature, highly mechanical approach.