Richard Mille has long been renowned for standout watches that seamlessly combine cutting edge design with technical innovation. Traditionally, however, these have been seen as a male domain with only limited female interest.
All that looks set to change, however, with the introduction of the RM 71-01 Automatic Tourbillon Talisman, a women’s watch that inaugurates the first tourbillon movement developed in-house by Richard Mille and designed by their Ladies Collection Director, Cécile Guenat.
The RM 71-01 Automatic Tourbillon Talisman from Richard Mille
Cécile joined the company three years ago, spurred by the challenge to design new creations for their growing female market. Speaking about her appointment, Richard Mille shares, “Even though women’s watches have represented a considerable percentage of our sales for several years now, we needed a modern, creative and talented young woman to inject new energy into our status quo and take the women’s collection to new heights.”
Cécile Guenat's sketches for the ten design variations of the RM 71-01 Automatic Tourbillon Talisman
This is exactly what Cécile Guenat appears to be doing, embodied by the unique and contemporary style of the new Talisman that is inspired by the design intersection of Tribal arts and Art Deco. The automatic tourbillon movement, the Calibre CRMT1, is the brand’s eighth in-house calibre that is slim, ultra high performance, and enhanced with diamonds, mother-of-pearl, onyx and black sapphires.
“The first challenge was to produce an automatic tourbillon movement that could be housed in the narrow, curved case of an RM 037. The second was to meet all our standards in terms of performance, be it chronometric results, automatic winding or shock resistance," explains Salvador Arbona, Technical Director for Movements.
The automatic tourbillon movement, the Calibre CRMT1, is the brand’s eighth in-house calibre
The result is a highly complex timepiece that has brought together the skills of jewellery artisans, dial-makers and watchmakers. Boasting the brand’s uncompromising levels of reliability and performance, the RM 71-01 Automatic Tourbillon Talisman looks set to live up to its protective name as the ideal female watch companion for everyday wear.
Limited suite of 10 variations, each produced in an edition of five pieces.