Luxury Swiss watch manufacturer Richard Mille is renowned for its hand-wound, skeletonized tourbillon timepieces. In fact, the very first Richard Mille watch to appear on the scene in 2001 was exactly one of those highly complicated and precise mechanical masterpieces. This summer the company crosses a new threshold among watchmakers by mastering its first automatic tourbillon movement. Rather than winding the watch, it gains its power through the motion of the person who wears it. The technical innovation resides enchantingly in a series of bejeweled timepieces for women, the RM 71-01 Automatic Tourbillon Talisman. Each of 10 variations features a tonneau-shaped case of 18K red or white gold, diamond-set bezel, a dial enhanced with mother-of-pearl, onyx and black sapphires and overall design influenced by Tribal arts and Art Deco motifs—all while revealing the tourbillon movement at its heart.
“In designing this collection, I drew not only on Art Deco but on the Tribal arts—masks, African sculptures, etc.—whose impact on all great modern and contemporary artists has been enormous,” says Cecile Guenat, Ladies’ Collection Director. “The contrasts, geometry, and sacred character of these objects fascinate me all the more because they prefigured today’s design through the fusion of content and form,” she adds.
Never has a Richard Mille watch called upon so many different crafts: Jewelry artisans, dial-makers and watchmakers were put to the test by the complexity of the new RM 71-01.