This idea of being able to capture the very substance of life using mechanical means was born during the Age of Reason, motivated by the concepts presented by philosophers in their attempts to comprehend the mysterious inner workings of nature. In this manner exquisite miniature animal, insect and flower automata of all kinds were created in precious metals and lacquer work to amuse and delight royal patrons in Europe and around the globe. The new RM 19-02 Tourbillon Fleur epitomizes these traditions of horological artistry in a vibrant expression of watchmaking distinctive to Richard Mille’s vision of timekeeping in the 21st century. For the creation of this timepiece a special flower, the Magnolia, was chosen as its existence marks millions of years on the earth even before the emergence of bees within the environment. The Magnolia’s delicate flowering appearance stands in sharp contrast to its strong organic structure and resilience in difficult environments.
At the lower left of the dial on the RM 19-02 we see the Magnolia surrounding a flying tourbillon escapement with five delicate, hand created and colored petals. Working either in passing, or on demand using the pusher at 9 o’clock, the Magnolia opens and closes with rhythmic regularity in a delicate kinetic ballet.
The RM 19-02 Fleur is limited to a production of 30 pieces worldwide.
BASEPLATE AND BRIDGES IN GRADE 5 TITANIUM Grade 5 titanium is a biocompatible, highly corrosion-resistant and remarkably rigid alloy, which enables the gear train to function effortlessly. The alloy is 90%titanium, 6%aluminium and 4%vanadium. This combination further increases its mechanical properties, which explains its frequent use in the aerospace, aeronautical and automobile industries. The skeletonized baseplate, entirely hand-engraved with a floral pattern, has been subjected to intensive and complete validation tests to optimize their resistance capacities.
BARREL PAWL WITH PROGRESSIVE RECOIL This device permits an appreciable winding gain (circa 20 %), especially during the start of winding. It also aids in the even distribution of the mainspring’s internal tension.
AUTOMATON MECHANISM The RM 19-02 features an automaton mechanism at 7 o’clock. Evoking a magnolia, the five petals in 18K gold open every five minutes to reveal the flying tourbillon. When the petals open, the flying tourbillon rises slightly to showcase all of its components. Pressing the pusher at 9 o’clock also enables the opening of the flower to be controlled manually.
CALIBER RM19-02 Manual winding tourbillon movement with hours, minutes and automaton mechanism.
- Movement dimensions: 31.50 x 29.62 mm - Thickness: 5.72 mm - Tourbillon diameter: 11.10 mm - Balance wheel diameter: 10.00 mm
- Number of jewels: 40
- Balance: GLUCYDUR, 2 arms, 4 setting screws, inertia moment 10 mg.cm2, angle of lift 53° - Frequency: 21,600 vph (3 Hz)
- Balance spring: ELINVAR by Nivarox®