Watches: Richard Mille RM 057-01 Tourbillon Phoenix and Dragon Jackie Chan (+live pics)
By Thierry Ané on October 1, 2014
Jackie Chan’s love affair with high-end timepieces is no secret to the watch community. The actor, martial artist, and entrepreneur that has received stars on both the Hong Kong Avenue of Stars and the Hollywood Walk of Fame is also known for regularly wearing Richard Mille models on his wrist.
In 2012, the famous luxury watch brand even produced a 36-piece limited edition in tribute to the Hong Kong-based celebrity. Crafted in red gold with the brand’s characteristic tonneau shape, this model also featured a sensational skeleton movement with a sculpted dragon in 3 dimensions coiling around the base plate.
Following on the success of this beautiful timepiece that combined the brand’s expertise in Fine Watchmaking with the charm of decorative arts, Richard Mille has just unveiled the RM 057-01 Tourbillon Phoenix and Dragon Jackie Chan at the Watches & Wonders exhibition.
The 42.70 x 50.00 mm case of this new model with a thickness of just 14.15 mm is also made of 5N red gold and mounted on a black rubber strap secured by a buckle of the same material as the case. With just 15 pieces produced in red or white gold depending on the client’s preferences, it appears even more exclusive than its predecessor.
This time the black PVD-treated titanium base plate holds two of the ‘Four Supernatural Spirits’, namely the Phoenix and the Dragon, created in 3N rose gold. Carved and incised entirely by hand, these legendary figures look extremely realistic thanks to the 3-dimensional construction and also the long and painstaking process of hand finished micro painting executed on all parts of these creatures, even those invisible to the eye!
The manually-wound RM 57-01 movement with 48 hours of power reserve features off-centred hours and minutes, a tourbillon escapement and a power reserve indicated by a red line between 10 and 11 o’clock. The movement is given extra protection by a torque-limiting crown to protect the watch from possible over-winding.
The RM 057-01 Tourbillon Phoenix and Dragon Jackie Chan looks absolutely breathtaking with a perfect blend of traditional Chinese iconography and resolutely modern decorative elements. It is the very best of Fine Watchmaking and artistic crafts but for those who think this is not enough, a diamond-set version is also available to add the finishing High Jewellery touch!
For more information please visit the Richard Mille web site.