Richard Mille RM 71-02
Two years after the highly contrasting shades of the RM 71-01 (you can peruse our introduction here ), Richard Mille is dispatching the new RM 71-02 Automatic Tourbillon Talisman collection whose heroes are the kaleidoscopic shades of the valuable stones enhancing the watches. Comprised of ten models, each introduced in a restricted version of 7 pieces, the assortment is by one way or another propelled by the club culture of the 1970s and the introduction of electronic and disco music. Jewels, sapphires, rubies, tsavorites, peridots, lapis lazuli, chrysolemon, malachite, mother-of-pearl, turquoise, pink opal and jasper are only a portion of the beautiful components utilized by Cécile Guenat, Creative and Development Director at Richard Mille, for these select manifestations. The valuable stones are set in mathematical themes over the whole case just as the dial on account of a stunning work of craftsmanship. Just envision that over a half year were expected to approve the stones’ situating, size and sort of setting to accomplish the exact impact sought. The ten models contrast in the course of action of their stones, their setting design, their etching and the focal improvement of the 0,90 mm thickness dial. All models are housed in 52.20 x 34.40 x 12.50 mm white gold cases and powered by oneself winding CRMT1 type that was initially produced for the RM 71-01 Automatic Tourbillon Talisman assortment in 2018. The eighth in-house development of Richard Mille just as its first programmed tourbillon type, this skeletonised and tonneau-molded type is simply 6.2 mm thick and weighs just 8 grams. The instrument consolidates another programmed tourbillon that is especially thin, super elite and upgraded with shining jewels, mother-of-pearl, onyx and dark sapphires. The baseplate ensuring the tourbillon’s pivot stays open to protect straightforwardness. Beating at 28,800 vibrations each hour and offering a force save of 50 hours, the new development includes a diamond set bidirectional rotor with variable math that empowers twisting to be acclimated to the owner’s action level. Each model is related to a lady’s name. Bianca Pink sapphires, tsavorites, jewels, peridots, rubies, hematite, pink opal Number of stones: 941 Carats: 4,96 Carmen Sapphires and yellow sapphires, precious stones, tsavorites, peridots, lapis lazuli, chrysolemon, malachite Number of stones: 971 Carats: 5,42 Diana Sapphires, rubies, jewels, lapis lazuli, white mother-of-pearl, turquoise Number of stones: 915 Carats: 5,59 Donna Pink and yellow sapphires, jewels, spessartites, rubies, pink opal, hematite Number of stones: 823 Carats: 3,88 Gloria Pink and yellow sapphires, dark spinels, spessartites, precious stones, pink opal, onyx, hematite Number of stones: 967 Carats: 5,26 Grace Sapphires, pink sapphires, jewels, amethysts, tsavorites, rubies, chrysoprase, opal Number of stones: 964 Carats: 5,05 Jane Sapphires, yellow and pink sapphires, precious stones, spessartites, rubies, turquoise, opal Number of stones: 962 Carats: 4,95 Jessica Sapphires, yellow sapphires, precious stones, spessartites, turquoise, lapis lazuli, hematite Number of stones: 954 Carats: 5,58 Liz Tsavorites, peridots, purple sapphires, amethysts, jewels, sugilite, chrysolemon, malachite Number of stones: 817 Carats: 4,45 Paloma Sapphires, pink sapphires, jewels, pink mother-of-pearl, lapis lazuli, jasper, onyx, dark spinels Number of stones: 892 Carats: 5,79 The watches are coordinated to a complete arrangement of arm bands uniquely intended for each model. Emblazoned with vegetal themes at 12 o’clock and mathematical lines at 6 o’clock, every wristband highlights two unique shades with a metallic treatment on the cowhide. richardmille.com Suggested perusing: – Richard Mille’s journey for development: innovative materials – The historical backdrop of the Richard Mille brand
A profusion of light in prismatic colours. An eruption of coloured stones. Two years after the black and white shades of the RM 71-01, the brand new RM 71-02 Automatic Tourbillon Talisman collection brings colour to its apotheosis in the Richard Mille universe. A collection of ten models, each presented in a limited edition of 7 pieces, imbued with the quintessence of the ’70s. Marked by the rise of club culture, as well as the birth of electronic and disco music, this decade saw an urban tribe of night owls emerge, creatures that donned their most beautiful plumage at nightfall. Cécile Guenat, Creative and Development Director at Richard Mille, revisited the unapologetic individualism of the disco era. She has captured the play of light, sound and colour in a synthesis of the various strata that together make up 1970s culture: from the haunting rhythm of the era’s hits, to the theatrical decor of Studio 54, to say nothing of the period’s fashion predilection for shiny lamé, rhinestones and sequins… Ten watches, each exhuberently flaunting their own strength and beauty. A profusion of colour and a combination of stones never seen before at Richard Mille. Tsavorites, flamboyant spessartites, amethysts, diamonds, spinels, rubies and sapphires conjure a magnetic alchemy. An energy and talismanic spirit is linked to the ornamented dials: hematite is associated with strength, malachite with inner balance, lapis lazuli with vision, sugilite with protection, pink opal with healing… The new Talisman collection showcases the singular qualities of these pieces through highly symbolic choices of precious stones, set in geometric motifs over the entire case as well as the dial. A supreme work of craftsmanship, for which more than six months were needed to validate the stones’ positioning to achieve the precise effect sought. ‘The intense glamour of the disco era resided in a multiplication of colours and textures,’ explained Cécile Guenat. ‘I had to find a way to make this idea tangible. Working with the stones themselves proved to be a considerable challenge. Because stones of very similar hues can end up looking completely different depending on their size and the type of setting.’
The ten models differ in the arrangement of their stones, their setting pattern, their engraving and the central decoration of the 0,90 mm thickness dial. They all, however, share the same CRMT1 calibre. Presented for the first time as part of the RM 71-01 Automatic Tourbillon Talisman collection in 2018, the CRMT1 is Richard Mille’s eighth in-house movement but its first automatic tourbillon calibre. A feat requiring 1,000 hours of development, it is a true technical achievement, given that the tourbillon mechanism is integrated into the heart of a movement only 6.2 mm thick and weighing just 8 grams. Developed for daily wear, this calibre reaffirms Richard Mille’s unwavering commitment to the pursuit of extreme mechanical innovation. Both artistic and mechanical know-how are perfectly reflected in this new collection, accompanied by a complete series of bracelets specially designed for each model. Bracelets – embossed with discreet vegetal motifs at 12 o’clock and geometric lines at 6 o’clock – each featuring two different shades, and whose metallic treatment on the patent leather enhances the visual impact of the stones.
Each component of the Richard Mille RM 71-02 Automatic Tourbillon Talisman collection thus radiates bewitching raw energy, carrying on the spirit of this era, whose lasting cultural legacy is universal.
Richard Mille RM 71-02 Automatic Tourbillon Talisman Collection Technical Specifications
Microblasted grade 5 titanium with PVD treatment lends great rigidity to the baseplate and the bridges, as well as the precise surface flatness essential for perfect functioning of the gear train.
The skeletonised baseplate and bridges were subjected to intensive and complete validation tests to optimise their resistance capacities.
This type of balance wheel represents the ultimate in innovation. It guarantees greater reliability when subjected to shocks and during movement assembly or disassembly, hence better chronometric results over time. The regulator index is eliminated, and a more accurate and repeatable calibration is possible thanks to 4 small, adjustable weights located directly on the balance.