SUMPTUOUS SAPPHIRES / RM 07-02 PINK LADY SAPPHIRE AUTOMATIC WATCH
Inspired by the famous Pink Lady Cocktail of the 1930s, a drink designed for the female members of high society, Richard Mille once again has successfully created a piece of art with this latest offering.
This automatic calibre watch, protected by a gorgeous pink sapphire case, is elegant and intricate, with a brooch-like quality that adds a certain feminine touch to the exposed inner workings. Crafted from sections of pink sapphire taken directly from a single block, the level of expertise needed to manufacture such a masterpiece is obvious, requiring nearly 40 days to complete.
The centre calibre, the beating heart of the watch, is assembled around a skeletonized plate in microblasted 5N gold set with diamonds, catching the light and making her really shine. Well known for the exceptional technical characteristics of his watches, Mille has once again ensured that this RM 07-02 will maintain optimum performance in the long term: the 18K red gold and diamond variable geometry motor allows for the wearer to adapt the watch to their movements, maintaining the watch’s hand and arm stability during any amount of stress.
Crowning the watch is the central onyx dial and white alligator skin strap, showing Mille’s genius at effortlessly mixing style, luxury, craftsmanship, and high functional technicality.
The watch is available also in two new groundbreaking materials, using North Thin Ply Technology: the RM 07-071 Gold Quartz and the RM 037 in Gold NTPT Carbon. These exclusive versions of Mille’s celebrated female watch highlight his love of innovation and passion for creating items of beauty. Fusing carbon and quartz along with dozens of layers of gold leaf is no mean feat, especially when the materials are alternated and inserted at a precise 450 angle to create their illustrious look. Every watch is therefore unique, and definitely one worth collecting.
GAME. SET. PERFECT MATCH / RM 35-02 RAFAEL NADAL
Master Watchmaker Richard Mille teams up a third time with Tennis Legend Nadal. Precision. Excellence. Perfect timing. With such similarities it is no wonder horologist Richard Mille has produced yet another fine time-piece in conjunction with the brilliant Rafael Nadal.
This latest chronological offering – RM 35-02 Automatic Rafael Nadal – the first from Mille to feature an automatic calibre, showcases a perfect functioning from precise surface flatness, and with the grade 5 titanium providing exact rigidity, this watch could win a Grand Slam by itself. Its innovative rewinding mainspring adapts to the wearer’s activity level, with 6 positional settings to safeguard the watch’s arm and hand movements during rigorous activity.
Mille’s constant quest for innovation and daring is beautifully showcased here. Available in NTPT Carbon, the more striking option is the bright red and yellow of Nadal’s home flag, with the inner workings of the watch visible through the incredibly complex casing. The free sprung balance with variable inertia guarantees a greater reliability if subjected to shock, and the casing is water resistant to 50 metres, secured by two Nitril O-ring seals.
The bezel side crystal is in sapphire (1,800 Vickers), with an anti-glare treatment to resist scratches and provide a sharp reading of the time. This exclusive design is stunning in both performance and looks, a must for any champion.
WHEN TWO BECOME ONE / RM 68-01 TOURBILLON
Richard Mille has done it again. His constant endeavors for perfection and innovation has culminated in his new offering – RM 68-01 Tourbillon Cyril Kongo – in conjunction with the eponymous graffiti artist.
“I am not a painter bound to a single space, nor to any particular surface.” A legendary member of the MAC CREW collective, internationally renowned graffiti artist Kongo has lent his unique talent to the aesthetic design of Mille’s latest offering. This is haute horlogerie at its finest.
No two RM 68-01s are the same. Each was treated as an exclusive canvas by Kongo, using micro spray painting tools to create the intricate designs on each watch, following a year of intense experimentation. The watches are therefore limited to just 30 pieces worldwide, making them the ultimate collectors’ piece. Just the right amount of paint could be used so as not to offset any of the delicate watch movements, integral to the function. This attention to the smallest detail sums up Mille’s watches perfectly.
Design does not overtake function, and the NTPT Carbon caseband and black ceramic bezels ensure absolute perfection of the watch’s functionality in any circumstance. The unique and striking design continues onto the back of the watch, where the tourbillon movement can be seen looking like a splash of paint, with all the different movements appearing like strokes of a paintbrush. This timepiece is a masterpiece in its own right.