Richard Mille has always placed immeasurable effort into the production of high-end watches. The brand is committed to exquisite technicity, exemplary finishing and exceptional materials. Constantly pushing the boundaries of technique, the brand is always as innovative as possible.
This is not without risk, however, and requires a great deal of development and the design of new manufacturing processes as well as draconian quality controls. It is a huge investment for a very limited number of watches.
The production of a sapphire case structure took us years of research and testing in order to ensure its adequate response to the demands of strength and comfort. Only Richard Mille has to date achieved such a complex case design in sapphire.
The bezel, caseband and caseback are 100% crafted from a single block of sapphire crystal. No polymers are used to machine its complex, difficult lines or angles.
We would especially warn you of the risks attendant to complete replacement of the case with exotic variations, such as low-quality sapphire or the ‘off market’ gem-setting of cases.
The way we perform setting on our cases is highly specific, both aesthetically and technically. In keeping with the features of the case, our high-quality diamonds come from suppliers offering clear traceability. We cannot guarantee the ethics, the credibility or the know-how of an external jeweller.
Sapphire imitations proposed as replacements for the original case will never meet the extremely strict aesthetic and mechanical specifications that make our watches valuable. Produced abroad, such cases typically exhibit a rough finish and total lack of water-resistance. Furthermore, serious damage is likely to ensue from assembling a movement inside it, and you will very likely reduce the value of your timepiece.
Recasing the calibre back into its original case for after-sales service and interventions will not mask the transformation. Our watchmakers will immediately discover traces of the watch’s prior disassembly, forcing us to void the warranty.