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.