HEART OF TIME
Richard Mille’s new space in Taipei.
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.