Richard Mille’s latest is one for the ladies: The RM 71-01 Automatic Tourbillon Talisman. While the watch is a dazzling, bejeweled timepiece, it is as well a technical first for Mille.
Starting off with the case of the RM 037, the challenge the brand set out for itself, was to create an automatic tourbillon movement that would fit within the narrow real estate of the case and at the same time allow room for a form of creative expression on the dial.
The movement that Richard Mille’s come up with, therefore, is the brand’s first completely in-house developed automatic tourbillon movement, the Calibre CRMT1. Made largely out of grade 5 titanium, the movement is ultra-light and compact, while still offering the typical robustness that Richard Mille’s calibers boast; even at just 6.2 millimeters thickness and 8 grams in weight.
Sure, the caliber is largely skeletonized, but ultimately the extra space within the case has allowed Richard Mille to dress the watch’s dial in a way that is unlike anything the brand has attempted previously.
Essentially, what you see as the dial is a miniature piece of artwork that brings together three varied crafts: jewelry, dial making and watchmaking. Using a red gold surface, no thicker than 0.9 millimeters, mother-of-pearl, onyx and diamonds are used to depict masks, tiaras or even ritual artefacts that are either art deco or tribal art inspired. In this manner, ten dial variations were created, each in just five examples.
The ten variations are also distinguished in the ten different case adornments, which therefore limits the RM 71-01 Automatic Tourbillon Talisman to a run of just 50 pieces.
Technical Specifications: RM 71-01 Automatic Tourbillon Talisman
Self-winding caliber CRMT1; hours and minutes; 50-hour power reserve
52.20 x 34.40mm in white or red gold; water resistant to 50m
New line of straps, with a black Velcro closure on ostrich leather or on embossed grained leather