HEART OF TIME

Richard Mille’s new space in Taipei.

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It’s one of those mo­ments when you ex­pe­ri­ence some­thing so grand that time slows down and comes to a com­plete stand­still – which is the in­stance you step into Richard Mille’s new­est flag­ship bou­tique in Taipei. Lo­cated right in the heart of the Tai­wanese cap­i­tal, it sits on the ground floor of the Man­darin Ori­en­tal on Dun­hua Road, where trav­ellers from all around the world con­verge.

With a façade that stands 8.5m tall and its logo span­ning 7m across it, within is a 261 sq m mas­ter­piece filled with cir­cu­lar lines and a ceil­ing blan­keted in rays of sun­shine that weaves through space and time. An enor­mous glass sculp­ture of the clas­sic RM 033 acts as the beat­ing heart of the bou­tique, stretch­ing a mas­sive 4.9m and weigh­ing 1.5 tonnes. Light streams in and bends beau­ti­fully within the store, with the sculp­ture be­ing made up of four in­di­vid­ual lay­ers of tem­pered glass that con­stantly fil­ters and beams pure lay­ers of light.

This flag­ship bou­tique is one of the most ex­hil­a­rat­ing spa­ces that Richard Mille’s Art Di­rec­tor, Mélanie Tre­tonMon­cey­ron, has worked on. Solid black leather fur­ni­ture cre­ate a beau­ti­ful and stark con­trast with the translu­cent el­e­ments, giv­ing a clean, mod­ern and el­e­gant feel to the bou­tique. Wine cab­i­nets show­cas­ing spe­cially se­lected wines stretch 3m up to the ceil­ing, and guests can en­joy one of more than 200 vin­tages, 100 teas and 100 types of cigars.

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