Singapore Tatler Jewels & Time - - SPOTLIGHT -

At Salon In­ter­na­tional de la Haute Hor­logerie, the Richard Mille booth was cov­ered in mil­len­nial pink—an anom­aly, given dur­ing the last few edi­tions of the fair, ma­cho el­e­ments such as For­mula 1 cars and Boe­ing planes took cen­tre stage at the brand. Any­one who thinks that the watch­maker has gone soft or is pan­der­ing to the mil­len­nial crowd is wrong. The brand is merely fol­low­ing a new strat­egy un­der a new lead­er­ship—cé­cile Gue­nat, the daugh­ter of Richard Mille’s found­ing part­ner Do­minique Gue­nat, is the di­rec­tor of the women’s col­lec­tions and has spear­headed the cre­ation of the 2019 col­lec­tion, aptly named Bon­bon. She has given iconic models such as the RM 07-03, the RM 16-01 and the RM 37-01 a com­plete trans­for­ma­tion by in­cor­po­rat­ing pas­tel shades and using var­i­ous artis­tic and enamel tech­niques to dec­o­rate the watches. The re­sult is a col­lec­tion of 10 re­leases, which are in­spired by fruits, pas­tries and sweets and boast tiny dec­o­ra­tive el­e­ments such as mini can­dies and other sweet con­fec­tions.

From top: RM 07-03 Au­to­matic Myr­tle, and RM 16-01 Au­to­matic Réglisse, both by Richard Mille

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