Richard Mille At Harrods: Springtime In Summer
by Simon Cudd
Harrods, that most famous of department stores in Knightsbridge, London, has opened its doors and indeed windows to Richard Mille for the month of July. The pop-up store within Harrods Brompton Road Exhibition Window celebrates “icons” by Richard Mille.
On display are rare wristwatches from the collection along with recently released timepieces, including the stunning RM 19-02 Tourbillon Fleur lavished in diamonds and housed in that famous tonneau-shaped case in white gold.
Visitors to the store and passersby alike have the chance to view some amazing watches through the decorated windows as if they were works of art.
As well as the Tourbillon Fleur, expect to see the rare high-performance RM031 tourbillon, a limited edition of only a ten pieces; French ambassador and rally cross champion Sébastien Loeb’s RM 36-01 G Sensor Tourbillon (see G-Forces At Work: Richard Mille’s RM 36-01 Competition G-Sensor Sébastian Loeb); the Yohan Blake RM 59-01; and various editions of the famous RM011.
RM 19-02 Tourbillon Fleur
First seen at SIHH in January, the purple magnolia flower petals of the Tourbillon Fleur RM 19-02 opens and closes to expose and hide the tourbillon, which rises up as the flower opens. A separate diamond-encrusted dial depicts the time. The Tourbillon Fleur makes beautiful use of its Richard Mille-proprietary tonneau shape as a sparkle-carrier, encrusted as it is with glorious diamonds. For more on this, read SIHH 2015 Photo Essay: Richard Mille.
The model present on the day I visited Harrods looked stunning in a dress made of genuine flowers while she sported the RM 07-01 on an open-link bracelet covered in diamonds to match the diamond-covered bezel and dial.
Other watches that caught my attention were the RM 63-01 Dizzy Hands, housed in Richard Mille’s round pink gold case (which I personally prefer to the tonneau-shaped cases) and boasting hands that move away from conventional time-telling by making slightly whacky (that’s a technical term) motions around the dial. However, one is taken back to normality when the crown is pressed, sending the numbers back to more traditional positioning.
There is a new watch in the Bubba Watson collection, too: the RM 38-01 Tourbillon G-Sensor Bubba Watson sporting a striking green bezel, which represents his famous winning jackets, as well as a golf ball-detailed crown. The watch has a G-force meter and a tourbillon.
The RM036 Tourbillon G-Sensor Jean Todt looked vibrant with a yellow rubber strap and its horizontal G-force sensor at the top of the dial and tourbillon below.
The RM016 Automatic Extra-Flat on an orange crocodile-skin strap with that large rectangular white gold case set with diamonds looked splendid too, especially on a female wrist.
Overall, the pop-up boutique looks great and will be a welcome addition while the Harrods Richard Mille watch room boutique gets its makeover.
Be sure to visit if you’re in London as even just peering through the windows is a pure delight.
For more information, please visit www.richardmille.com.
Quick Facts RM 19-02 Tourbillon Fleur
Case: 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 / $970,000 without diamonds and $1,090,000 with diamonds