The Richard Mille Tourbillon RM 026 was first presented at the 2011 Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH). The latest addition to the RM family of gem-set jewellery watches, the Tourbillon RM 26-01, featuring a giant panda, was on display at Baselworld 2013, which ended on May 2, 2013.
The friendly giant panda, a protected species found in China, is considered a ‘national treasure’ by the Chinese and this charming creature is cherished around the world as a symbol of peace and friendship.
The Tourbillon RM 26-01 Panda creates an aesthetic appeal and nature enthusiasts will certainly find the watch interesting. The panda has been recreated in 18k white gold, set entirely with diamonds and black sapphires, and integrated into the tourbillon. The natural habitat of the animal, comprising of bamboo trees and leaves, is recreated – painted by hand to their natural shades, and with yellow gold sculpted to depict the bark and leaves of these trees.
The baseplate of the RM26-01 movement has been made from black onyx, which is a naturally formed mineral comprising of silicon dioxide and cryptocrystalline quartz. While some of them are a combination of black and white forming patterns, the onyx used in this watch is a purely black variety. This gem is said to absorb negative energy and bring emotional stability to the wearer. It protects against negative thoughts and embodies balance and inspiration.
The manual winding tourbillon movement, beating at 21,600vph with a power reserve of 48 hours, drives the display of hours and minutes, apart from the power reserve indication.
The Tourbillon RM 26-01 Panda, presented in a 48mm x 39.70mm tonneau-shaped case that is paved with diamonds, thus proves to be a beautiful blend of fine horology and fine jewellery and is available in limited edition of 30 watches each in 18k red gold or white gold case, making it even more exclusive.