Thursday, 3 March 2016

Up Close with the Richard Mille RM 19-01 "Natalie Portman" Blue Sapphire

Natalie Portman fashioned the RM 19-01 Spider Tourbillon, a hand-wound wristwatch decorated by a diamond-set arachnid. We go up close with a blue sapphire-set RM 19-01 Asia Edition.

A trendy ladies' timepiece designed by the talented American actress who is a Richard Mille ambassador, the RM 19-01 Natalie Portman is a tourbillon wristwatch with a skeleton movement featuring a baseplate in the form of a stylised spider. And this particular specimen is the Asia Edition, distinguished by the more than 800 blue sapphires set on the front and flanks.

One of the two female actresses, along with Michelle Yeoh, who are Richard Mille brand ambassadors, Natalie Portman selected the spider as the theme for her namesake wristwatch which was originally introduced in 2014. An elegantly simple motif, the arachnid is made up of just a handful of lines, and set with diamonds. 

Being significantly skeletonised, much of the movement is visible below the spider. The plate on the reverse of the watch, which is made of black-coated white gold, is open-worked into a spiderweb, and then set with black sapphires. Made by respected compilations specialist Renaud & Papi, the movement is hand-wound and finished in an unfussy manner, with most of the components black or grey.

This particular version of the RM 19-01 Spider Tourbillon is in white gold and set with baguette-cut blue sapphires no the front and sides, making for a very extravagant looking timepiece. 

The RM 19-01 Natalie Portman Asia Edition a limited edition of just three, sold only in Richard Mille boutiques in Asia. The price is approximately US$1.5 million.