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Live report by Olivier Muller of Delos Communications

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"Ladies and Gentlemen, this presentation was scheduled for one full hour. It will last only 10 minutes. Richard Mille will announce all its novelties throughout the year, not at the SIHH".

Richard Mille has always been a surprising brand - and man - but this year's announcements had a special taste. For sure, that's a good thing to save some announcements for the year 2015, but what's the point of an international fair gathering all the media if there is - almost - no announcement at all?

Because, that's a fact, Richard Mille had only two highlights this year - and two pieces for ladies. No offence, we already had noticed in 2014 that Richard Mille wanted to cast a special light on his ladies collections, bit still, RM is a brand with a very strong footprint amongst men - by far still the most important share of his business nowadays.

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However, these two pieces for ladies deserve a close look though. The RM 19-02 is strong enough to be a talking piece within the SIHH, at the crossroads of haute horlogerie and automatons, an art mastered by Jaquet Droz. In a nutshell, it's a tourbillon living flower. At the lower left of the dial on the RM 19-02 we see the Magnolia surrounding a flying tourbillon escapement with five hand created and colored petals. Working either in passing, or on demand using the pusher at 9 o'clock, the Magnolia opens and closes in a mechanical way in less than 10 seconds.

The Magnolia does not just open, the entire flying tourbillon with its stone set stamen actually moves upwards 1mm when fully opened, copying the natural motion of the flower's arching upwards of its stamen to increase its chances of pollination. A complex mechanism comprising 5 levers surrounds the underside of the petals, and yet another system combined with a long pinion is used to raise the flying tourbillon and stamen upwards within the flower's circumference - all using energy supplied by a separate, second winding barrel. The RM 19-02 Fleur is limited to a production of 30 pieces worldwide. Price : an amazing and extravagant 924,500 CHF. The most expensive flower in the world, probably.

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The second piece is also a tourbillon, but a jewelry piece. It has a swirling form of a twisting spiral. The baseplate of the manual winding tourbillon has been created of black Onyx. The RM 51-02 Diamond Twister will also be available in an edition of 30 pieces. Price: 651,000 CHF.

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Last - and least, Richard Mille presented a new bracelet, in gold (with diamonds or not), following - so he says - many requests. This is the first bracelet in gold after a wide range of straps in leather, silk, rubber, alligator, etc. The Open Link is finished by hand, micro-blasted, satin-brushed and polished. It's basically a curb chain, massive and showy. It will fit a large choice of RM models.

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