SIHH 2015 Photo Essay: Richard Mille
The Richard Mille booth was more than ever a visual treat at the 2015 SIHH (Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie).
Behind the uniform exterior of the elegant SIHH booth facade, the visitor to Richard Mille was greeted not only by graphically and mechanically interesting wristwatches, but also exceptionally decorative stand personnel.
Inside the booth, springtime seemed to be in the air as the stand personnel’s organic clothing matched the decor celebrating the new RM 19-02 Tourbillon Fleur.
The RM19-02 Tourbillon Fleur represents the highlight of Richard Mille’s 2015 SIHH offerings. This not-just-for-women mechanical bouquet does something extraordinary as it mimics nature: the exquisitely painted magnolia envelops a flying tourbillon. Every five minutes it opens to reveal the mechanical delicacy, and as it does, it rises above the movement by about one millimeter. This motion echoes the natural upward arch of the flower, which in nature increases its chance of pollination. The “flower” stays open for five minutes, then closes. It does this ad infinitum. The flower can also be opened or closed on demand using a pusher on the case band.
A visual eye-catcher, the Tourbillon Diamond Twister RM 51-02’s name plays on the fact that it is a tourbillon (which is French for “whirlwind”). The high-jewelry spiral formed on the front of the watch by 14 rays emanating from the tourbillon takes the spotlight. But if you look closely, you’ll see a base plate crafted in onyx doing its best not to get lost amid the brilliance of the flawless stones and the constant motion of the manually wound tourbillon.
The 2015 edition of the SIHH brought with it yet another execution of the RM011 called Black Night in a carbon fiber case. Limited to just 100 pieces and available only in Europe and the Middle East, it celebrates Richard Mille’s friendship with Felipe Massa.
As you may have noticed, Richard Mille’s timepieces generally come on straps. Acquiescing to clients’ requests, the brand has, however, begun to introduce bracelets, with the first appearing in 2014 for the RM 07-01 and RM 037 models. At the 2015 SIHH, Richard Mille presented the new open-link bracelet for these models. Notable is the fact that each link is handmade and -finished, not to mention hand-set with diamonds for the jeweled versions.
Quick Facts RM 19-02 Tourbillon Fleur
Case: 18-karat white gold, 45.4 x 38.3 x 12.55 mm, torque-limiting crown
Movement: hand-wound Caliber RM19-02 with 60-second flying tourbillon enclosed in Magnolia automaton, 36 hours power reserve, free-sprung balance with variable inertia
Functions: hours, minutes; automaton that opens and closes the Magnolia
Limitation: 30 pieces
Price: 985,500 Swiss francs including applicable taxes / $970,000 without diamonds and $1,090,000 with diamonds
Quick Facts RM 51-02 Tourbillon Diamond Twister
Case: 18-karat white gold, 47.95 x 39.7 x 12.60 mm, torque-limiting crown
Movement: hand-wound Caliber RM51-02 with 60-second flying tourbillon enclosed in Magnolia automaton, 48 hours power reserve, free-sprung balance with variable inertia and black onyx base plate
Functions: hours, minutes
Limitation: 30 pieces
Price: 587,000 Swiss francs including applicable taxes
For more detailed information, please visit www.richardmille.com. You may also enjoy our further SIHH 2015 coverage including:
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