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Richard Mille celebrates quintessence of the 70s with new automatic tourbillon

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Introducing the new RM 71-01 Automatic Tourbillon Talisman Collection, Richard Mille says it is celebrates the quintessence of an era in doing so.

Two years after the black and white shades of the RM 71-01, the brand new RM 71-02 Automatic Tourbillon Talisman collection brings colour to its apotheosis in the Richard Mille universe.

A collection of ten models, each presented in a limited edition of 7 pieces, imbued with the embodiment of the 1970s.

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Marked by the rise of club culture, as well as the birth of electronic and disco music, this decade saw an urban tribe of night owls emerge, creatures that donned their most beautiful plumage at nightfall.

Cécile Guenat, Creative and Development Director at Richard Mille, revisited the unapologetic individualism of the disco era and has captured the play of light, sound and colour in a synthesis of the various strata that together make up 1970s culture.

She explained: “The intense glamour of the disco era resided in a multiplication of colours and textures. I had to find a way to make this idea tangible. Working with the stones themselves proved to be a considerable challenge. Because stones of very similar hues can end up looking completely different depending on their size and the type of setting.”

The ten models differ in the arrangement of their stones, their setting pattern, their engraving and the central decoration of the 0.90 mm thickness dial.

They all, however, share the same CRMT1 calibre.

Presented for the first time as part of the RM 71-01 Automatic Tourbillon Talisman collection in 2018, the CRMT1 is Richard Mille’s eighth in-house movement but its first automatic tourbillon calibre. A feat requiring 1,000 hours of development, given that the tourbillon mechanism is integrated into the heart of a movement only 6.2 mm thick and weighing just 8 grams.

Developed for daily wear, RM says this calibre reaffirms it’s commitment to the pursuit of extreme mechanical innovation.

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