SPLASH OF COLOUR

Richard Mille’s lat­est col­lab­o­ra­tive time­piece may well give the brand some street cred.

Robb Report Singapore - - Time - By HO YUN KUAN

am not a painter bound to a sin­gle space, nor to any par­tic­u­lar sur­face .” Prom­i­nent graf­fiti artist Cyril Kongo has an apt de­scrip­tion of the na­ture of his work, but even he could not have ex­pected his paint­ing to find its way to where it re­cently has – on the RM 68-01 Tour­bil­lon Cyril Kongo time­piece.

The col­lab­o­ra­tion was birthed from Richard Mille’s de­sire to in­tro­duce con­tem­po­rary art to fine watch­mak­ing – as if ev­ery Richard Mille time­piece isn’t al­ready a ver­i­ta­ble minia­ture ex­am­ple of ki­netic art. And al­though Kongo isn’t one to be re­stricted by his can­vas (or lack thereof), it was a def­i­nite chal­lenge to trans­form the usu­ally largescale, free-spir­ited style of graf­fiti art into some­thing that would fit on a space only ap­prox­i­mately five cen­time­tres square. It took a whole year of ex­per­i­men­ta­tion and devel­op­ment to cre­ate the unique paint­ing tech­nique and tools that Kongo re­quired to work in minia­ture. This in­cludes a spe­cial airbrush that dis­penses sin­gle droplets of paint for ut­most pre­ci­sion, as well as a palette of in­deli­ble paints, in the hues

The col­lab­o­ra­tion was birthed from Richard Mille’s de­sire

to in­tro­duce con­tem­po­rary art to fine watch­mak­ing.

In­spired by fres­cos and wall paint­ings, Cyril Kongo has trans­formed graf­fiti as an

artis­tic genre.

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