1970s culture with its throbbing beat of a hit single, the theatrical interiors of Studio 54, glittering lamé and sequin- strewn fashions inspired the new Richard Mille RM 71-02 Automatic Tourbillon Talisman watch.
For this new watchmaking creation for ladies, Richard Mille‘s Director of Creation and Development Cécile Guenat was inspired by the heightened expression of disco-era individualism. The new RM 71-02 Automatic Tourbillon Talisman watch collection consists of ten fully gem-set models, each limited to 7 timepieces, differing in their assortment of stones, their setting design and the decorative dial plate at their centre. They all contain the self- winding in-house CRMT1 tourbillon calibre with a diamond-set oscillating weight.
The 10 variations on the snow and grain settings bring together different textures, diameters and faceting, achieving freedom of expression all over the front bezel and caseband, whereas the caseback is engraved with matt bands.
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.
WHITE GOLD CASE
The case, crafted in white gold, is composed of 75% gold, 4% silver and a high palladium content of 17% to provide white brilliance. No less than 44 different stamping operations are required for the three main components of the case (bezel, caseband and caseback). The machine tooling process requires 2 days of adjustment for each component (bezel, caseband and caseback). The empty case involves over 255 tooling operations and more than 5 hours of glazing and polishing for the final phase. The complex shape of the case is obtained thanks to a 5-axis machine.
RED AND WHITE GOLD DIALS SET WITH GEMS
Each dial, a mere 0.9 mm in thickness, is handset with ornamentals and coloured stones. This component is an immense technical challenge because of the many different finishing operations required: sandblasting, polishing, setting… and all this in a very small area arranged on several levels. The dials draw on two distinct universes: one more plant-based and the other more urban.
Complementing the RM 71-02 Automatic Tourbillon Talisman collection is a full series of coloured metallic patent leather, embossed with understated botanical motifs at 12 o’clock and geometric motifs at 6 o’clock to set off their jewelled cases.
The design anticipates straps that exhibit two different tonal each, starting with one colour above the case and ending with a contrasting shade. In keeping with the underlying inspiration, the colour contrasts are paired with materials that play on light and texture. In another first in a Richard Mille collection, metallic leather treatment reinforce the impact of the coloured stones, channelling the glamour of 1970s fashion.