Richard Mille has just announced the release of a new limited edition collection of 88 pieces, the RM011 Automatic Flyback Chronograph "Midnight Fire." The wristwatch will be sold exclusively in the Americas.
"Midnight Fire" gets its name from the dark black TZP ceramic tonneau-form case. Tetragonal Zirconia Polycrystal is both hard, and very fracture resistant at room temperature and it has a very fine grain, allowing fine finishing. The case is highly resistant to scratches without being brittle. The matte finish is created by blasting the watch. The center case band of the tri-part case is made from NTPT® (North Thin Ply Technology) carbon. NTPT carbon is used in aerospace technology and the manufacture of racing sails, and Formula 1 race car design. The material is incredibly strong and light and is made from multiple layers of parallel filaments obtained by dividing carbon fibers. The thin layers are then laced with resin and then woven on a special machine creating a special visual effect.
This watch has a 55 hour power reserve (when the chronograph is not running). The hour and minute indicators are a bright shade of red (hence the fire) and are placed over the skeletonized automatic movement. The flyback chronograph has 60-minute and 12-hour registers, an annual calendar, and oversized date and month.
This watch retails for $166,000 at select Richard Mille boutiques and other register dealers throughout the Americas. For more information please visit the Richard Mille website.