SIHH 2014 - A feminine offensive at RICHARD MILLE

February 2014

Richard Mille has decreed that 2014 is the “Year of the Woman” by presenting a series of new timepieces that play subtly with the three dimensionality of his watches, the combination of different materials that is one of his signatures and a more discreet technicality. The flagship piece in this feminine collection is without doubt the watch dedicated to Michelle Yeoh, which brings about an audacious fusion between animal sculpture and gear trains, as if the tiger and the dragon had slipped between the horological components. A short anthology.

A limited edition of 20 pieces in 18-carat white or red gold. Calibre RM51-01: manually-wound tourbillon movement with hours, minutes and power reserve indicator (48 hrs). Mainplate and bridges in grade 5 titanium.

RM 51-01 Michell Yeoh Tiger and Dragon Tourbillon by Richard Mille
RM 51-01 Michell Yeoh Tiger and Dragon Tourbillon by Richard Mille

The hand-sculpted tiger and dragon in 3N red gold are integrated into the movement. In order to make these mythical animals as realistic as possible, there was a lot of painstaking micro-painting on some elements, including on the parts that are not visible.

The RM 19-01 manually-wound tourbillon calibre is assembled around a black rhodium-plated, 18-carat white-gold baseplate set with black sapphires, a first for Richard Mille.

RM 19-01 Natalie Portman Tourbillon by Richard Mille
RM 19-01 Natalie Portman Tourbillon by Richard Mille

The 18-carat white-gold spider, set with diamonds, forms an integral part of the movement: the abdomen strengthens the tourbillon bridges while its legs support the two winding barrels. Available in 20 pieces worldwide, this creation will be worn by Natalie Portman at various international events.

Powered by the new in-house calibre CRMA2, a specially developed skeletonised self-winding movement, the RM 07-01 has a mainplate and bridges machined in grade 5 titanium. Variable inertia balance wheel and 5N 18-carat gold oscillating mass with variable geometry that allows the winding system to be adjusted to suit the wearer’s lifestyle and guarantee optimum winding of the mainspring.

RM 07-01 Ladies Automatic by Richard Mille
RM 07-01 Ladies Automatic by Richard Mille

The traditional crown, which is linked directly to the movement, has been replaced by a new patented Richard Mille crown that is impossible to dislodge or break and thus offers added protection from the rigours of daily life. Power reserve of approximately 50 hours. In addition to the 18-carat red and white gold versions, the tripartite case of the RM 07-01 is available in white ATZ or brown TZP ceramic with a red-gold case middle – a first in the Richard Mille ladies’ collection.

Fitted with the calibre CRMA1, a skeletonised self-winding movement with hours, minutes, variable geometry oscillating mass, oversized date and function selector. This function selector allows the wearer to choose between the positions of winding (W), neutral (N) and time setting (H) without touching the crown. The gold pushers resemble drops of water. The first, between 10 and 11 o’clock, is used to set the date, while the second, between 4 and 5 o’clock, is used for above-mentioned function selector. The function (H-N-W) selected is displayed in a window between 3 and 4 o’clock.

RM 037 Ladies Automatic by Richard Mille
RM 037 Ladies Automatic by Richard Mille

The RM 037 is available with white (ATZ) or black (TZP) ceramic with a case middle in 18-carat red gold, or with an 18-carat red or white gold case with a variety of different stone settings and numerous different dials in precious and semi-precious materials such as diamond, onyx, mother-of-pearl and jasper.

Source: Europa Star February - March 2014 Magazine Issue