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Watch this: Richard Mille 19-02 Fleur Lady’s Timepiece

Richard Mille dabbles in flying tourbillons and the result is a masterpiece

Richard Mille is a guy’s brand. Yep, there’s no doubt that the offerings of this highly luxurious marque are chiefly aimed at men.

So what happens when Mille and his designers aim their considerable talents at pleasing women who love mechanical watches? Something like the RM 19-02 Tourbillon Fleur pops out, that’s what!

And, yes, it really pops out. This visually arresting timepiece framed by diamonds set into the 18-karat white gold case has a unique surprise in store: the hand-painted gold magnolia located at about 7 o’clock on the dial opens and closes to reveal a flying tourbillon.

And not only that, it actually mimics nature in that the tourbillon rises about a millimeter up out of the movement on its gem-set stamen (in reality a pinion) to echo the motion of a flower arching upward toward the sun to increase its own chances of pollination.

The magnolia opens and closes with rhythmic regularity every five minutes, however it will also open and close as the wearer wishes. All she has to do is push the button at 9 o’clock and the tiny, clever automaton replies in kind.

For much more information on the 30-piece limited edition Tourbillon Fleur RM 19-02 as well as to see an original video, please read SIHH 2015 Photo Essay: Richard Mille.

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