In pursuit of finding a way to unify contemporary art with haute horlogerie, Richard Mille and graffiti artist Cyril Kongo join forces to create the £557,000 Richard Mille RM 68-01 Tourbillon Cyril Kongo. Besides his tremendous art works, Cyril Kongo is famous for his partnership with French fashion behemoth Hermès. In 2011, the artist had created a series of successful graffiti-themed scarves.
All 30 models of the Richard Mille RM 68-01 Tourbillon Cyril Kongo features a case with a NTPT carbon caseband, a TZP ceramic bezel and caseback retained by splined Grade-5-titanium screws. The stylistically skeletonized movement is crafted from Grade 5 titanium. The watches feature a tourbillon with a variable-inertia balance wheel, and has a power reserve of 42 hours.
Graffiti is a language with its own codes, a form of writing, whether this be on a gigantic wall, on canvas, or any other surface. I am not a painter bound to a single space, nor to any particular surface. – Cyril Kongo
Specifically for the RM 68-01 Tourbillon Cyril Kongo, the artist came up with an all-new technology which made it possible to apply his graffiti onto the watch. Named micro-painting, the process allowed the Kongo to apply complicated flairs to the minuscule canvas. In his turn, Richard Mille wanted the tourbillion’s movement to reflect the vibrancy of graffiti, that’s why the bridges of the movement arcs in different directions and and from the back, the central form of the baseplate radiates outwards like paint thrown against a wall.
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