For 2014, Richard Mille has released yet another model in the new series of Rafael Nadal timepieces called the RM 35-01. Like the RM 27 series that came before it, the RM 35-01 is equipped with its own super lightweight movement. The skeletonized manual-wind RMUL3 Calibre weighs in at all of about 4 grams and is effectively suspended in the middle of the case, secured only by several key anchor points at each corner. It features a double-barrel system and offers approximately 55 hours of power in reserve when fully wound. Although this is a more basic Richard Mille movement, but still has a lot of the visual technical style people have come to expect from the brand.
Rather than focus on movement innovation, the RM 35-01 is part of a few new watches for 2014 that showcase a new material Richard Mille is using for cases. They call it NTPT carbon, which is composed of multiple layers of parallel filaments obtained by dividing carbon fibers. These layers with a maximum thickness of 30 microns are impregnated with resin and then woven on a special machine that modifies the direction of the weft by 45° between layers. Heated to 120° at a pressure of 6 bars, the NTPT® is then ready to be processed on a CNC machine.
This complex process results in a unique, super-strong carbon case that looks and feels great. In fact it’s almost freaky how light the watch feels on the wrist, and you quickly forget that you’re wearing anything at all.
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