In the 17th century, the Renaissance era gave way to the Age of Reason, where the study of nature reached a peak and where appropriate royal gifts included miniature animals and plants created from precious metals. It is in this same artistic spirit that Swiss luxury watchmaker Richard Mille created its RM 19-02 Tourbillon Fleur, mixing its savoir-faire with age-old philosophies and vibrant natural beauty.
Placed delicately within the maison's iconic tonneau-shaped case is the epitome of horological mastery, the flying tourbillon. Furthering this exceptional showcase of complication is its surrounding design, which beautifully captures the glory of the magnolia flower. Having existed for millions of years, the magnolia was chosen for this project specifically for its longevity and delicateness, which juxtaposes perfectly with Richard Mille's contemporary industrial aesthetic.
The magnolia feature though is more than just an accompanying aesthetical element as the five petals open every five minutes to reveal the flying tourbillon in all its glory, complete with precious gemstones to signify the stamens. Finally, to prove just how much attention they give to the finer details, Richard Mille also constructed the tourbillon to push upwards ever so slightly, to mimic how real stamens in magnolias stretch themselves out to assist in pollination. But if you can't wait five minutes, the pusher at the 9 o'clock position allows the flower to 'bloom' instantaneously.
The Richard Mille RM 19-02 Tourbillon Fleur is limited to only 30 pieces and is priced at Dhs4.8 million. For more information, visit richardmille.com. Then, discover the Richard Mille pieces unveiled at the 2016 SIHH.