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Richard Mille’s lat­est ladies’ time­piece, the RM 71- 01 Au­to­matic Tour­bil­lon Tal­is­man, marks yet an­other tech­ni­cal first for the haute hor­logerie watch­maker

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Richard Mille's lat­est ladies' time­piece, the RM 71-01 marks an­other tech­no­log­i­cal first

THE WORLD OF watches is pre­dom­i­nately a male one and for the long­est time, watch­mak­ers did lit­tle re­search into what women re­ally wanted. Pale im­i­ta­tions of male me­chan­i­cal mar­vels, ladies' time­pieces were of­ten smaller ver­sions fit­ted with a quartz move­ment, with di­a­monds sprin­kled all over as an af­ter­thought. Not Richard Mille, though; his epony­mous brand's lat­est pi­o­neer­ing cre­ation, the RM 71- 01 Au­to­matic Tour­bil­lon Tal­is­man, proves his ded­i­ca­tion to women.

Richard Mille watches have long held a rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing ex­tremely high-tech, lusted over by many a man – and when it came to ladies' time­pieces, the watch­maker made no com­pro­mises. The brand has toiled to bring forth a mean­ing­ful women's col­lec­tion since the begin­ning, from the RM 19- 02 Tour­bil­lon Fleur (where a three­d­i­men­sional flower opens and closes to re­veal a tour­bil­lon) to the RM 037, with an in-house skele­tonised move­ment. You'll never fi nd the man rest­ing on his lau­rels or lack­ing in cre­ativ­ity. Says Richard Mille, the man him­self, in a state­ment: “Women's watches have rep­re­sented a con­sid­er­able per­cent­age of our sales for sev­eral years now. That said, we needed a mod­ern, cre­ative and tal­ented young woman to in­ject new en­ergy into our sta­tus quo and take the women's col­lec­tion to new heights.”

This cre­ative chal­lenge was taken up by Cé­cile Gue­nat, ladies' col­lec­tion direc­tor and the daugh­ter of Dominique Gue­nat, a friend and busi­ness part­ner of Richard Mille, who was en­cour­aged to take her own ap­proach – one that was freed from the cur­rent norms. For Gue­nat, this means

try­ing to in­cor­po­rate a jewellery de­sign that could stand up to the me­chan­i­cal so­phis­ti­ca­tion of the brand.

“My work is the fruit of very dif­fer­ent in­flu­ences,” says Gue­nat. “In de­sign­ing this col­lec­tion, I drew not only on art deco, but on the tribal arts – masks, African sculp­tures – whose im­pact on all great mod­ern and con­tem­po­rary artists has been enor­mous.” Gue­nat didn't just come up with one de­sign con­cept, though; she came out with 10. The re­sult­ing RM 71- 01 Au­to­matic Tour­bil­lon Tal­is­man is pre­sented in 10 vari­a­tions in ei­ther a red or white gold dial, dis­tin­guished by a va­ri­ety of fi nishes and dif­fer­ent pre­cious stone set­tings us­ing di­a­monds, mother- of-pearl, onyx and black sap­phire that fully high­light a tech­ni­cal achieve­ment by Richard Mille – the first com­pletely in-house de­vel­oped au­to­matic tour­bil­lon move­ment: the Cal­i­bre CRMT1.

De­vel­oped by the Richard Mille team in Les

Breuleux, the ton­neau-shaped CRMT1 is the brand's eighth move­ment to be pro­duced in-house. It wasn't an easy chal­lenge for the team to cre­ate a tour­bil­lon move­ment slim enough to fit into a ladies RM 037 case (which the RM 71- 01 is based on) and, at the same time, still meet the ex­act­ing stan­dards of per­for­mance for all Richard Mille watches.

Di­a­monds on the case? Sure, but Gue­nat was adamant that be­daz­zling had to make sense, so each and ev­ery seg­ment of the stones is placed thought­fully to echo the cal­i­bre's in­ter­nal vec­tors. A true piece of art, each of the 10 vari­a­tions of the RM 71- 01 is limited to just fi ve pieces.

There are 10 vari­a­tions of the RM 71-01, dis­tin­guished by its white or red-gold case and dif­fer­ent stone set­tings

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