At one of the most high-profile watch exhibits in the world, Richard Mille has flowers blooming with each passing moment. At the ongoing 25th Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH), the luxury Swiss watch maker has unveiled the new RM 19-02 Tourbillon Fleur.
Designed to bring the power of flower on to a delicate wrist of a lady, the highlight of the new RM 19-02 Tourbillon Fleur is the magnolia. The maker justifies the reason for choosing this special flower, stating that 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 flower’s delicacy is set off against the robust formation of the watch. This masterpiece allows the flower to bloom timelessly at the lower left of the dial. The five petals of a magnolia surrounds a flying tourbillon escapement. The petals are shaped out of gold and crafted entirely with hand. They are designed to open every five minutes and can also open on demand via a pusher at 9 o’clock.
When the magnolia opens fully, the entire flying tourbillon with its stone set stamen actually moves upwards 1mm imitating the natural motion of the flower’s arching upwards of its stamen to increase its chances of pollination.
Magnolia flowers will bloom only on 30 wrists as RM 19-02 Tourbillon Fleur is being produced in a limited series of 30 pieces worldwide.