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Richard Mille Bushido

Focus on the RM 47 Tourbillon

Artistic craft models hold a special place in the Richard Mille collections. Known for its horological complications and hyper-sporty aesthetic, the brand nevertheless cultivates an extraordinarily artisanal and artistic side to its work, featuring multiple themes. The latest example is the RM 47 Tourbillon, inspired by Japanese culture, and in particular that of the samurai. The yellow gold and ceramic case houses one of the brand’s characteristic skeleton tourbillon movements, but which lies hidden behind a pair of thematic micro-sculptures covering it on both sides. Driven by a consummate sense of precision and symbolism, as well as extremely meticulous care, Richard Mille has devised this miniature work of artistic craftsmanship depicting a suit of samurai armor notably featuring a kabuto, menpō and a pair of katana, i.e. a helmet, mask and swords. The RM 47 is brimming with aesthetic details referring to Japanese history and iconography. But above and beyond that, this limited edition is representative of Richard Mille’s cultural ethos and watchmaking aesthetic. In a word, its bushido.

Le Bushido

RM 47 Tourbillon © Richard Mille

Richard Mille RM 47 Tourbillon

Case: 3N yellow gold, titanium and black TZP ceramic, transparent sapphire crystal and caseback, water-resistant to 50m (5 bar)
Size: 42.7 x 50mm, 16.25mm thick

Movement: mechanical hand-wound, skeletonized Caliber RM47 with one-minute tourbillon, 72-hour power reserve
Functions: hours and minutes
Dial: yellow gold samurai armor, carved, engraved and hand-painted, double-sided, sword-type hands
Strap: urethane with folding clasp
75-PIECE LIMITED SERIES

 

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