Richard Mille’s Pastel Ceramic Watches Reimagine the 1980s Memphis Design and Italian Art

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Richard Mille has unveiled three new watches that pay homage to the iconic 1980s Italian art and architecture movement, Memphis Design. The RM 07-01 colored ceramic watches showcase contrasting hues, shapes, and materials, embodying a sense of fun and lightheartedness. Richard Mille has successfully modernized the glory of the Memphis Design movement and Italian Art with the use of ceramics, which provide a matte-like texture to the watches.

These colored ceramic watches not only exude playfulness but also boast a robust build. The baseplate of the RM 07-01 is made from micro-blasted grade 5 titanium with an electroplasma treatment, ensuring precise surface flatness for optimal gear train functioning. The bridges of the watch also follow suit, being made of grade 5 titanium, micro-blasted, and electroplasma treated. The skeletonized baseplate and bridges have undergone rigorous validation tests to ensure their durability.

One of the standout features of the Richard Mille colored ceramic watches is the variable-geometry rotor. This innovative design allows the watch’s spring to be wound up based on the wearer’s activity level. By adjusting two weights on the rotor and securing them with screws, wearers can customize how quickly or slowly the spring winds up, allowing the timepiece to adapt to their activity level.

Additionally, the RM 07-01 incorporates guillochage, an art form used to decorate objects such as watch dials. Skilled artists, known as guillocheurs, use machinery to create intricate patterns on the watch’s surface, consisting of crisscrossing lines that form elaborate designs. This centuries-old artistic practice is seamlessly integrated into the colored ceramic watches, perfectly complementing the revival of 1980s Italian art and architecture movement Memphis Design.

Richard Mille’s colored ceramic watches, inspired by the Memphis Design movement, feature summer-inspired colors, including blush pink, lavender, and powder blue ceramics. These carefully selected shades create a striking contrast with the other elements of the watches. The colored watches are encased in Tetragonal Zirconia Polycrystal, a type of ceramic primarily composed of zirconia that is highly resistant to corrosion.

Similar to sapphire, the ceramic material is incredibly scratch-resistant, providing durability and longevity to the watches. Furthermore, RM 07-01 watches are lightweight and robust, thanks to the materials used. The intricate shapes, such as the bezels, required meticulous cutting and grinding using specialized diamond tools. The case band, made of specially treated white gold, features a textured surface. Additionally, these colored ceramic watches are designed to be waterproof up to 50 meters.

Richard Mille’s tribute to 1980s Italian art and Memphis design through the release of the blush pink, lavender, and powder blue ceramic watches showcases the brand’s commitment to innovation, aesthetics, and craftsmanship. These timepieces not only revive the glory of the Memphis Design movement but also highlight Richard Mille’s ability to push boundaries and create exceptional timepieces that captivate collectors and enthusiasts alike.

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