The Year of the Dragon, in 2012, gave the natural opportunity to celebrate our expertise by reproducing this mythical beast in all its splendour. In Chinese art, dragons are depicted as long, serpentine creatures with four legs. Unlike their European winged cousins, generally held to be evil, Chinese dragons symbolise benevolent power and are of good omen, particularly because they control water, rain and floods, despite also being associated with fire!
The magnificent work of engraving artists : the living form of the three-dimensional Dragon seems to weave its way between the bridges made of grade 5 titanium that fix the Black Onyx baseplate gold case.
Limited edition of 36 pieces in 18K white or red gold.
CALIBER RM057 Manual winding tourbillon movement with hours, minutes and power reserve indicator
DRAGON PATTERN No fewer than 20 engravers are required to create it and the engraving process takes many hours. A steady hand, skill and dexterity are essential for creating such a work of art. To produce a perfectly realistic dragon, for special versions, the scales are hand-painted using micropainting techniques providing a high level of detail. The whole piece is then fitted within the tourbillon movement with the dragon’s body twisting around the bridges, barrel and finally the tourbillon, which is clasped in its claws.
BLACK ONYX BASEPLATE Black Onyx is a variety of cryptocrystalline quartz chalcedony composed of silicium dioxide, (SiO2). The rectilinear black and white parallel stripes version is part of the agate types. The fully black type is called Black Onyx, and is said to be able to deflect harmful energy down to the earth, while providing stability. For this reason, Black Onyx is considered as a charm-stone against spells. Black Onyx also symbolizes equilibrium and inspiration.
DRAGON ENTWINED IN THE MOVEMENT The dragon, a mythical creature that has always been a symbol of power and authority. In China, it represented the supreme power of the Emperor, whereas today it is associated with prosperity and happiness. Entwined around the movement of the RM057 with its total thickness of just 5.5mm, is a dragon created from 18K red or white gold that has been entirely hand-engraved.