Tourbillon Fleur by Richard Mille
by Abdón FLORES
Horology has always had an intrinsical poetics dealing with the fact of combining nature and mechanics to define time. This idea of being able to capture the very substance of life using mechanical means was born during the Age of Reason, motivated by the concepts presented by philosophers in their attempts to comprehend the mysterious inner workings of nature.
The new RM 19-02 Tourbillon Fleur epitomizes these traditions of horological artistry in a vibrant expression of watchmaking distinctive to Richard Mille’s vision of timekeeping in the 21st century. For the creation of this timepiece a special flower, the Magnolia, was chosen as its existence marks millions of years on the earth even before the emergence of bees within the environment, flowering in an endless cycle of birth and regeneration. The Magnolia’s delicate appearance stands in sharp contrast to its strong organic structure and resilience in difficult environments.
At the lower left of the dial the Magnolia surrounds a flying tourbillon escapement with five delicate, hand created and colored petals. Working either in passing, or on demand using the pusher at 9 o’clock, the Magnolia opens and closes with rhythmic regularity.
Behind this unique grade 5 titanium tourbillon caliber, a complex mechanism comprising 5 levers surrounds the underside of the petals, and yet another system combined with a long pinion is used to raise the flying tourbillon and stamen upwards within the flower’s circumference – all using energy supplied by a separate, second winding barrel.
The 40 jewels of this striking piece are set in white gold chatons. The Caliber RM19-02 is manual winding; 36 hours (± 10%) of power reserve; 50 m water resistant; sapphire crystal in the bezel side and caseback; but above all, a majestic piece by the Richard Mille ateliers.
More info: www.richardmille.com
(Images courtesy of Richard Mille)