Watches

Richard Mille, anatomy of a masterpiece

The RM71-01 marks a turning point for Richard Mille. This automatic model combines a feat of technology – the brand’s very first automatic tourbillon movement – with a daring esthetic that reveals a new, inspired and feminine take on watch design.

In the galaxy of fine watchmaking where the sky is the limit, it takes a certain courage to evolve and revolutionize, to be a first mover, a doer and an influencer. It takes total freedom of mind and a head for heights. In short, you have to be a watchmaker like Richard Mille to rise to this kind of challenge… and to pull it off with aplomb. Aware that the brand is gaining favor with women, but also that, to take it to the next level, it needed to shake things up a bit, Richard Mille gave Cécile Guénat a free hand. Her mission? To design an exclusive series of ten watches combining the brand’s hallmark technical performance with a reworked, creative and stand-out esthetic.

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Hence the RM71-01, a model available in several unique designs, reflecting the glorious alchemy of the designer’s eye. This watch is unmistakably Richard Mille but also something subtly different. Not coming from the world of watchmaking, Cécile Guénat – who fishes for inspiration in many ponds: Art Deco, Bauhaus, Arts & Crafts, even Pokemon – has produced a design that transforms the watch into a talisman, where the play of materials, volumes and textures is a joy to behold. With its geometric patterns, the illusion of dials transformed into mysterious masks, the craftwork and gems that lift the design, this piece of jewelry is more than a simple setting – it is a major component in the composition, an artful melding of reflections and perspectives, matt and shiny, graphic artwork and bewitching magic.

There’s technical magic here too, with its ten variations on the RM 71 that weave together cutting-edge technicity – the brand’s badge – an in-house automatic tourbillon movement, the CRMT1 caliber, a new automatic movement that’s slim, and delivers ultra-high performance, with sparkling diamonds, mother-of-pearl, onyx and black sapphires. Here, the jewel and its setting are a meeting of style and substance, where the esthetics of the case bring the workings to sparkling life. A new take on women’s fine watchmaking, the RM 71-01 is… far from run of the Mille. The RM 71-01 models are unique timepieces down to the tiniest detail.

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By Thierry Billard. Photos : Jérôme Bryon (savoir-faire) / Manon Wertenbroek et Arnaud Le Brazidec - Published the

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