Richard Mille Bonbon

“Bonbon - just saying the word is enough to make you smile. It manages to convey a combination of pleasure, good cheer and sharing all at once. This collection is disruptive, elegant, daring and playful. In a word: creative!” — Cécile Guenat, Artistic Director

27. Apr 2019
Richard Mille Bonbon

 Richard Mille is one of the most discussed and fast-growing brands not only in watchmaking, but in the whole luxury market. In 2018 the label reached a + 15% respect the previous year, with a constantly growing demand, and new disruptive collections. After motorsport, golf, polo, sailing, after adding precious gems and animals like spiders, dragons, and skulls, after going through amazing complications and incredible light and survival watches, now it’s the turn of watch designs based on sweets. This year at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in Geneve, RM presents his Bonbon collection Richard Mille brought together the world’s most capable craftspeople to create 10 playful models. The approach is meticulously executed with a combination of iconoclasm and technical experimentation. The collection presents a delicious assortment of marshmallows, lollipops, sugar canes but also fruits divided into 30 pieces per each, with four models in the Sweets line and six in the Fruit line. Gossip says that all 300 pieces have been gobbled up already, the items will be available in summer. For Richard Mille nothing is off-limits, and once again he demonstrates his genius avoiding conventions. Swatch, a few years ago, launched a collection on the theme of candies, but the RM Bonbons reaches another level. The cases are made of Quartz TPT, ceramic, and Carbon TPT. The dials contain hand-painted miniatures and impressive feu enamel.

RM 07-03 Marshmallow

It all started with the idea of Cécile Guenat, the artistic director of RM, she wanted to bring a lively and rebellious spirit of childhood into the world of haute horlogerie and art craftsmanship. The four models of the Sweets collection are made of two-tone ceramic cases that set off their grand feu enamel or black-chromed titanium confections. These impressions are strengthened by the effect of the brightly colored. The pink, yellow and green marshmallow looks particularly soft and squishy precisely thanks to the TZP ceramic. The four models are RM 07-03 Cupcake, RM 07-03 Marshmallow, RM 37-01 Sucette (Lollipop) and RM 16-01 Réglisse (Liquorice). The six other models are the Fruits, an homage to the concept of sweet temptation in six tasty flavors: Lemon and Strawberry (RM 16-01), Blueberry and Litchi (RM 07-03), Kiwi and Cherry (RM 37-01). They are made with a TPT Carbon bezel and caseback, and a TPT Quartz caseband in vivid hues. Each model is an all-new turquoise color. The small miniature metal sculptures made of hand-painted in acrylics and lacquered are dispersed around the open worked dials. All the watches are based on three existing models, modified by adding a massive dose of sugar and enthusiastic frivolity. The RM 07-03, RM 38-01 and RM 16-01 provide a backdrop worthy of any sweet shop. Someone would think that is not the core of RM to create these kind of timepieces, but if we look at the cases, movements, the materials and the precise use of different enameling, the skeletonisation technique, we can understand his genius behind and his unconventional approach to watchmaking. The talented chef simply decided to become a pastry chef. His hand, his creativity, and technique are obvious, and his customers apparently appreciate his new brainwave.

 Richard Mille Bonbon 





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