It’s a quartz watch by Richard Mille, but not the sort of quartz watch disparaged by lovers of mechanical timepieces. In this instance the quartz is part of a new composite material used for the case, a combination of NTPT carbon and TPT quartz with an intense red colour produced by the red resin used in its manufacture. The manufacturing technique yields cases that are always different, because the patterns created by the carbon contained in the material are different for every single case.
The case protects the familiar RMAC1 movement introduced in the RM 011 Flyback Chronograph presented in 2010. The movement is an automatic calibre providing a power reserve of 55 hours, with a big date at 12 o’clock, a month display at 4 o’clock, and a flyback chronograph. The RM 011 TPT quartz edition is limited to 50 pieces.