RICHARD MILLE RM 19-02 TOUR­BIL­LON FLEUR

The RM 19-02 Tour­bil­lon Fleur rep­re­sents the high­light of Richard Mille’s 2015 SIHH of­fer­ings and was one of the main high­lights of the en­tire fair. This not-just-for-women me­chan­i­cal bou­quet does some­thing ex­tra­or­di­nary even as its tour­bil­lon ticks away

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Snugly nes­tled in­side an exquisitely painted mag­no­lia is a fly­ing tour­bil­lon. Ev­ery five min­utes the flower po­si­tioned at about 7 o’clock on the dial, which also fea­tures hand-painted green leaves, opens to re­veal the re­volv­ing me­chan­i­cal del­i­cacy, and as it does, the flower rises above the move­ment by about one mil­lime­tre, us­ing a pin­ion that has been em­bel­lished with gems to re­sem­ble a sta­men. This mo­tion echoes the nat­u­ral up­ward arch of the real mag­no­lia flower to­ward the sun, which it does in or­der to in­crease its chance of pol­li­na­tion. The “flower” stays open for five min­utes, then closes again to re­peat the cy­cle for as long as the watch stays wound. The flower can also be opened or closed on de­mand us­ing a pusher on the case band. Richard Mille and his team chose the mag­no­lia be­cause in na­ture it flow­ers in an end­less cy­cle of birth and re­gen­er­a­tion, and it is also re­silient to dif­fi­cult en­vi­ron­ments. All of this is housed within an 18-karat white gold case mea­sur­ing 45.4 x 38.3 x 12.55mm that can be or­dered drip­ping with top-qual­ity di­a­monds or left in its orig­i­nal white gold sheen. The Richard Mille RM 19-02 Tour­bil­lon Fleur, limited to just 30 pieces, is one of my top picks thanks to the way it com­bines a se­ri­ously play­ful com­pli­ca­tion with sheer beauty and an in­nate un­der­stand­ing that there are women with so­phis­ti­cated tastes where haute hor­l­ogorie mech­a­nisms are con­cerned. ED

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