During the SIHH in Geneva, Richard Mille paid tribute to women through his many creations. The creator decided to continue in this theme and introduced a new model: the Tourbillon RM 51-01 Tiger and Dragon – Yeoh. This piece, born from the collaboration between the renowned horologer and the famous actress Michelle Yeoh, is a representation of Tiger and Dragon 2 which should be released end 2014. This timepiece’s powerful spirit appears as an ode to Asian culture.
A prestigious and feminine watch for Michelle Yeoh
After having introduced a number of refined models such as the RM 037 Ladies – women’s edition of the classical RM 037 – and the RM 07-01 with its new Calibre CRMA2, the master horologer had the great joy of starting his second partnership with the actress Michelle Yeoh for a temporary collection.
In 2011, a first partnership with the Malaysian actress was created, giving rise to a magnificent watch in black onyx, the Phoenix. This year, the horology brand once again relied on this collaboration to create an exceptional timepiece: the Tourbillon Tiger and Dragon. Depicting the two animals as they are at the heart of Asian beliefs, the watch is a way for the actress to celebrate the release of her latest movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II, in which she plays Yu Shu Lien. Symbol of courage but also of happiness, prosperity and unity, these mythical entities are linked around the watch’s mechanism.
A timepiece with a meticulous finish
The Tourbillon RM 51-01 Tiger and Dragon Yeoh has a three-dimensional appearance created by the two life-like interlaced creatures. This timeless union follows the complex mechanical movement within the 48mm x 39.7 mm case.
The dragon and the tiger are hand-made out of red and white 18 carats gold. To give life to them, the horologer used specially made chisels to create the meticulous details of the two entities. This technique relies on extreme precision and a thin coat of lacquer magnifies thee pieces’ presence for a spectacular result.
The Richard Mille RM 51-01 Tiger and Dragon Yeoh timepiece is limited to 20 pieces.