In a relatively short period of time, Richard Mille was able to create timepieces which have become the ultimate symbol of wealth and success without being shiny or relying to the intrinsic value of precious metals or gems.
Founded upon three crucial elements - the best in technical innovation, the best of artistry and architecture, the best of the heritage and culture of fine watchmaking - the success of Richard Mille was also due to the capability to keep surprising the market and this was particularly evident at the 2019 edition of the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (Geneva, 14-17 January) with the presentation of the new Bonbon Collection.
10 models, each produced in an edition of 30 pieces, that break conventions and define a new frontier for luxury.
After the glamorous Talisman Collection that we presented in June 2018, designer and Ladies’ Collection Director Cécile Guenat brought a playful and somehow subversive spirit into the world of Haute Horlogerie and art craftsmanship creating timepieces that are characterized by pop colours and miniature sculptures reproducing fruits and sweets.
She explains: "The idea was to revisit the existing collections while playing with colour. This allowed me to bring out a pop-inspired sense of fun. In all, we developed a palette of 60 colours for this unisex collection."
Thanks to its unique knowledge in hi-tech and ceramic materials (on this subject, we invite you reading our article "Richard Mille’s quest for innovation: hi-tech materials"), the Richard Mille brand was able to obtain the desired colours for all components of the watches.
Each watch displays an impressive amount of details, offering a wealth of shades and textures appearing in every component of the watch. The crowns and some of the caseband, for instance, take the shape of a particular treat, such as a cupcake or gelato. Tart jelly ribbons, twisty lollipops, candy citrus segments, gumdrops and other surprises are positioned on plates of grade 5 titanium that are machined and skeletonised like horological components.
The new collection comprises two lines: Fruits and Sweets.
The Fruit line offers a choice of six flavours: Blueberry and Litchi (RM 07-03), Lemon and Strawberry (RM 16-01), Kiwi and Cherry (RM 37-01). Cases are made of Carbon TPT combined with Quartz TPT of a different hue for each model. The miniature sculptures are painted in acrylics and lacquered by hand. A ‘sugar coating’ effect was achieved using powdered enamel and the fine sand employed in hourglasses.
RM 07-03 Automatic Litchi
RM 07-03 Automatic Myrtille
RM 16-01 Automatic Citron
RM 16-01 Automatic Fraise
RM 37-01 Automatic Cerise
RM 37-01 Automatic Kiwi
The Sweets line includes four models: Cupcake and Marshmallow (RM 07-03), Lollipop (RM 37-01), and Liquorice (RM 16-01). All of them come in two-tone ceramic cases that set off their grand feu enamel or black-chromed titanium confections.
RM 07-03 Automatic Marshmallow
RM 07-03 Automatic Cupcake
RM 37-01 Automatic Sucette
The timepieces of the new Bonbon Collection will be available in Richard Mille Boutiques in May 2019 with prices ranging from Euro 129,500 to Euro 167,000. richardmille.com
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- Our visit to the Richard Mille factories in Les Breuleux
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