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A cel­e­bra­tion

of women

Richard Mille con­tin­ues to daz­zle with its lat­est of­fer­ing for the modern, so­phis­ti­cated woman – the RM 71-01 Au­to­matic Tour­bil­lon Tal­is­man, writes LEE HENG KEAN

For richard Mille, beauty and strength have al­ways been a cause for cel­e­bra­tion. This has been cap­tured through its in­tri­cate time­pieces that com­bine crafts­man­ship with mul­ti­ple facets of fem­i­nin­ity. This per­spec­tive was seen in the RM 007 launched in 2005, Richard Mille’s first time­piece for women, and has once again been reaf­firmed in the form of the RM 71-01 Au­to­matic Tour­bil­lon Tal­is­man.

To deem a watch with just a beau­ti­ful aes­thetic as be­ing the ideal time­piece for women would be an in­sult for fe­male watch afi­ciona­dos. The RM 71-01 Au­to­matic Tour­bil­lon Tal­is­man de­fies this stereo­type by strik­ing the per­fect equi­lib­rium of pro­duc­ing a Richard Mille ladies’ time­piece of un­com­pro­mis­ing me­chan­i­cal per­fec­tion as well as great beauty, thereby stay­ing true to the prin­ci­ple of Richard Mille, as this com­bi­na­tion has also been seen in other master­pieces, such as the RM 19-02 Tour­bil­lon Fleur.

The RM 71-01 Au­to­matic Tour­bil­lon Tal­is­man in­cor­po­rates a new au­to­matic tour­bil­lon that is slim, with an ul­tra-high per­for­mance, fur­ther en­hanced by the al­lure of sparkling di­a­monds, mother-of-pearl, onyx and black sap­phires. The 10-vari­ant col­lec­tion features the first-ever in-house tour­bil­lon move­ment by Richard Mille. Along with the horo­log­i­cal tour­bil­lon, the brand also in­ducts the Cal­i­bre CRMT1. Housed in a case of white or red gold and clothed in ti­ta­nium, the Cal­i­bre CRMT1 weighs a mere 8g, with a thick­ness no greater than 6.2mm. Skele­tonised and ton­neau shaped, the base­plate pro­tect­ing the tour­bil­lion’s ro­ta­tion re­mains open to pre­serve trans­parency. The cen­tral por­tion of the tour­bil­lon is crowned by each of the 10 di­als, with each hand-set dial a mere 0.9mm in thick­ness.

An in­ter­est­ing as­pect of the RM 71-01 Au­to­matic Tour­bil­lon Tal­is­man is that it is made for women and also de­signed by a woman. The time­piece rep­re­sents the in­spi­ra­tions and imag­i­na­tion of Cé­cile Gue­nat, daugh­ter of Do­minique, Richard Mille’s busi­ness part­ner. Gue­nat has been tasked with tak­ing the women’s col­lec­tions to a new high. The ladies’ col­lec­tion direc­tor who grad­u­ated from the Geneva School of Art and De­sign has earned a rep­u­ta­tion for hav­ing a metic­u­lous at­ten­tion to de­tail through her work at var­i­ous cou­ture houses.

The RM 71-01 Au­to­matic Tour­bil­lon Tal­is­man col­lec­tion sees the com­ing to­gether of tribal arts and Art Deco. In­spired by the con­trasts and ge­om­e­try on the tribal arts such as African sculp­tures along with Art Deco, Gue­nat chose to glorify the skele­ton move­ment through en­grave­ments and the var­i­ous pos­si­ble set­tings. Jewelled fit­tings were a must for Gue­nat as she aimed to match the me­chan­i­cal so­phis­ti­ca­tion of Richard Mille, with the amount of crafts re­quired bring­ing an ob­vi­ously wor­thy re­turn of an ex­tra­or­di­nary time­piece.

Tal­is­man, a name be­fit­ting of the time­piece, as the RM 71-01 Au­to­matic Tour­bil­lon Tal­is­man, is de­signed to be an ac­com­pa­ni­ment for the so­phis­ti­cated woman.

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