There’s no greater power on Earth than the force of nature. While life is undeniably beautiful and mesmerizing, there’s a positive current of strength, structure, and resilience running through it that can never be undermined. This universal truth is what Richard Mille aims to reflect with the debut of the Richard Mille RM 10-02 Tourbillon Fleur.

It’s quite impossible to look at this timepiece and not get captivated by the exquisite beauty of the Magnolia flower, which was chosen for its longevity on Earth having existed for millions of years. There’s a certain delicate and artistic touch to it that’s perfectly balanced with a distinct, sleek, and contemporary edge—reflecting its enduring qualities over time and surviving harsh environments. 

Connoisseurs of art and watchmaking would be intrigued and enraptured by this the RM 19-02 Tourbillon Fleur. Precious metals and lacquer work were utilized in creating this masterpiece, which is a pure manifestation of Richard Mille’s vibrant expression and vision of timekeeping in the 21st century. 

Of course, the magic of it all doesn’t stop there. On the lower left is the Magnolia surrounding a flying tourbillon escapement, with its five delicate, handcrafted, and colored petals opening and closing in rhythmic regularity. And the most exciting aspect of it all lies in how Richard Mille imitated nature in possibly the most remarkable way. Because besides just having the petals open, the entire flower and flying tourbillon also move upwards at 1mm when fully opened. The same motion in which the flower arches upwards of its stamen to increase its chances of pollination. Such mechanism just shows how much Richard Mille wanted to inject life-like essence and artistry into this timepiece.

To fully appreciate and understand the strength and beauty of the Tourbillon Fleur, one must have an idea of what goes on underneath the aesthetic. It's different grade 5 titanium tourbillon caliber is comprised of a complex mechanism with five levers placed on the underside of each petal. Meanwhile, another system is combined with a long pinion, which is used to raise the tourbillon and stamen upwards. 

Indeed, the Richard Mille RM 19-02 Tourbillon Fleur is a masterpiece of the art of horology that’s worthy of recognition among faithful and discerning aficionados. 

The Richard Mille RM 19-02 Tourbillon Fleur is currently retailing for $1,1 million.

ALBERIC VIRCHAUX

WATCHESPEDIA