RICHARD MILLE WRITES ABOUT WATCHES FOR WOMEN
From my viewpoint,
human creativity covers the entire gamut. From refined, highly technical products like wristwatches and extreme sports cars, through to products of a more organic nature, such as exquisite food and wines, or creations from the worlds of art, literature, architecture and design. All this within a seamless shifting of accents, and I refuse to accept any boundaries within these manifestations of human expression. Simply put, creativity represents the very essence of living, of life itself. Within this context, women’s watches offer very special possibilities to me for the simple fact that they combine the mechanical with the beautiful in a very flowing and organic, unique manner. The tastes and desires of women are always changing and developing in new directions with every passing year; this is not something new and it makes the creative aspect even more challenging for me, which I enjoy, because I thrive on such creative challenges. In that vein I believe it is true to say that today’s woman has more possibilities in careers and personal style at her disposal than ever before, and therefore has very high expectations about what she likes and why. Imagine... it was only some 30 years ago, when the idea of a female pilot or driver was almost unthinkable. Women managers were great rarities; I could give you a dozen examples like these from the past. And this change has also deeply affected the way women view careers, fashion, and lifestyles, right down to their tastes in cars and watches today. The mechanical nature of a timepiece is no longer something for a woman to ignore; women today want timepieces that are beautiful but simultaneously mechanical and technical. A contemporary woman is keenly aware that the sophisticated and technical nature of a mechanical watch also can express a lot about herself. In other words, this ‘hidden’ element, the mechanical interior of the watch, has in recent years become a recognisable value for women. A part of the watch’s total quality and personality, and therefore part of what it says about you. This is the main reason that I promoted mechanical watches for women within the first few years of my brand’s inception. For that reason I offer them a whole range of choices, starting from the purely technical titanium woman’s RM 007 through to fully set versions of the same model in 18-karat red or white gold. More extreme versions of creative artistry in stone setting, with the jewellery aspect integrated right into the mechanism of watch, can be found in such timepieces as the newly released RM 26-01 Panda, or the limited RM 018 Hommage a Boucheron. That particular watch set a philosophical standard through the creation of wheels from various kinds of precious and semi-precious stones for its mechanism – a world’s first. It is in essence a high jewellery piece without any stones on its exterior, like a personal secret that only the owner will know. All the jewellery is inside the watch in that timepiece. I think it’s fair to say that for me, jewellery watches for women are a kind of ultimate challenge, because the creative impulses behind placing stone set figures such as a Celtic knot, snakes, a phoenix, dragons, pandas, as used in several pieces in my collection, all actually require a high amount of technical engineering to accomplish, yet they are at the same time highly creative and artistic expressions of the watchmaker’s art.