It’s a profusion of colour and a combination of stones never seen before at this exclusive luxury Maison
Her most memorable creation was the candy-hued 2019 Bonbons, a selection of gender-neutral models decked out in fruits, sweets and other confections. And in 2020, Guenat takes us on a whirlwind journey back in time to the Disco Era.
RM 71-02 Automatic Tourbillon Talisman is a capsule collection of 10 watches, each limited to seven pieces and essentially the same at heart, but at the same time not without unique aesthetic variations such that all are a little different. It’s a continuation of the RM 71-01 launched in 2018. But where the earlier series was predominantly monochromatic, these latest releases were all about colour, light and movement.
Says the creative director, “I [was] immediately drawn to a very specific cultural era for inspiration very early on in the process; I was in a Studio 54 state of mind – listening to disco, funk and R&B. This collection is so different from anything we’d done before, even if we had used some coloured stones in previous watches. The Bonbon collection helped us introduce this colourful and fun aesthetic to our audiences, and we decided to continue in that way.”
Bringing a feminine perspective to watch creation, Guenat’s approach on the Talisman series rather resembles the way a couturier designs – with a main idea applying throughout the entire collection yet the pieces each receive a special flourish so they all bring something different to the fore.
The watches have also been individually christened, reflecting more of the ’70s vibe with names like Gloria, Jessica, Diana, Grace, Donna… Studded with a wide array of precious and semi-precious stones, the watches all feature different engraving and setting patterns. They’re also paired with bold colourful straps, some of them purposely mismatched to evoke the unapologetic individualism of the era.
Giving the pieces added character is the symbolism behind the centre stones. Hematite for instance represents strength, and malachite for inner balance, and lapis lazuli for vision. Then there’s sugilite for protection and pink opal for healing… It’s like having your personal talisman on the wrist but worn in a most rebellious fashion – and knowing the team at Richard Mille, they wouldn’t have it any other way.