Singapore Tatler Jewels & Time




Rebellious watchmaker Richard Mille is always on a warpath to disrupt, and he certainly doesn’t disappoint this year. While others went down a more subdued path due to softening markets, he stormed off on his own off-beat track, with products priced in the five-digit range, proving that his target market is still clamouring for his wares. We dissect two whoppers that caught our attention:


Eschewing convention once again, the watchmaker has released a fountain pen (above) that is activated by a mechanical movement, engineered by using the same techniques as watchmakin­g. The baguettesh­aped movement can be seen through a sapphire crystal cap, offering an unparallel­ed view of the skeletonis­ed baseplate and bridges. When the push button is activated, it sets the escapement in motion that in turn releases the nib of the pen. The pen’s body furthers Richard Mille’s dedication to innovation, and is crafted in ultralight NTPT carbon, giving it the appearance of marble.


The brand takes to the skies with a partnershi­p with Airbus Corporate Jet (ACJ), the business unit that specialise­s in private aircraft. The exclusive collaborat­ion has resulted in the RM 5002 Tourbillon Split Seconds Chronograp­h ACJ (left), a timepiece emblematic of the art of travel. The signature tonneau shape frames a bezel that resembles the cabin windows of ACJ aircraft. Even the colours on the dial are reflective of the hues found onboard, such as the green accents that harken to the reducible primer that protects metallic structures from corrosion. Richard Mille also echoes Airbus’ commitment to finding weightredu­cing components by outfitting the RM 5002 in titanium and aluminium. The timepiece’s flyback chronograp­h features components crafted in titanium, that lower friction thus lessening energy consumptio­n—a key priority of Airbus. The tourbillon bridge and winding barrel bridge are layered with an aeronautic­al coating typically used by ACJ. The watch offers 70 hours of autonomy, and only 30 pieces will be made.

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