PROV­ING CAR­BON’S MET­TLE

India Today - - FETISH - Richard Mille’s sig­na­ture fea­ture, NTPT Car­bon, now ex­tends its base to in­clude women’s watches too

El­e­gance and en­durance may seem like an oxy­moron, but lux­ury watchmaker Richard Mille has it down pat. NTPT (North Thin Ply Tech­nol­ogy) car­bon, a sig­na­ture fea­ture of the Richard Mille men’s col­lec­tion, lends watches op­ti­mal pro­tec­tion for the cal­i­bre. Now, this ma­te­rial has re­vealed its fem­i­nine side as well with the mod­els RM 07-01 and RM 037, which boast gem-set NTPT car­bon to en­sure el­e­gance as well. This Richard Mille ex­clu­sive cre­ates a star­tling con­trast be­tween the sparkle of clear di­a­monds and the matt car­bon con­tour at the slight­est wrist move­ment. Of course, set­ting gem­stones in NTPT car­bon is a new ad­ven­ture for the brand. Un­like gold that can be worked di­rectly with tools to cre­ate the prongs that will hold the di­a­monds, the hard­ness and re­sis­tance of NTPT car­bon re­quires spe­cial ma­chines and equip­ment. Hand-pol­ished prongs in red or white gold are pro­duced sep­a­rately and then in­serted around the many bear­ings (0.25mm) that will hold as many as 250 di­a­monds in the case of the RM 037 Full Set model. Brains and brawn— now that’s a win­ning com­bi­na­tion. Price on re­quest; Avail­able at brand bou­tiques

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