Winding down through Crown opens up the landscape of independents from ArtyA to Urwerk. Here is where you can unwind and enjoy all the exciting product introductions, new partnerships and sponsorships, new directions and all of the other facts and fantasies pouring from the minds of independent watchmakers. Crown spins the news every day in perfect timing for all you want to know. —Glen B Bowen
MARGOT ROBBIE JOINS THE RICHARD MILLE FAMILY
Richard Mille added Australian actress Margot Robbie to its circle of women who are partners of the brand. It believes she is an inspiration to the current generation and looks forward to creating a fascinating range of watches with her.
Born in Australia, Robbie grew up on the Gold Coast and eventually moved to Melbourne where she began acting professionally at the age of 17. She appeared on Neighbors, Australia’s longest-running television serial, from 2008-2010. In 2011, Robbie moved to the United States to pursue her career and was quickly cast in the critically-acclaimed series, Pan Am.
Robbie is perhaps best known for her breakout role in Martin Scorsese’s 2013 hit, The Wolf of Wall Street, in which she stars as the female lead opposite Leonardo DiCaprio. Her star-making performance in the film garnered praise from critics and audiences alike.
The Wolf of Wall Street paved the way for interesting and unique opportunities for Robbie including starring opposite Will Smith in Focus, a lead role in sci-fi thriller Z for Zachariah, starring as “Jane” in David Yates’ The Legend of Tarzan, as well as her coveted role as the iconic “Harley Quinn” in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad.
Robbie can be seen next in Simon Curtis’ Goodbye Christopher Robin alongside Domhnall Gleeson. She recently wrapped production on Craig Gillespie’s I, Tonya, which she stars in as Tonya Harding, and served as a producer under her production company, LuckyChap Entertainment. Robbie will soon begin production on Josie Rourke’s Mary Queen of Scots in which she will star as “Queen Elizabeth” opposite Saoirse Ronan.
Not content to limit her involvement in film and television to acting, Margot launched her production company, LuckyChap Entertainment. Robbie currently has several films in development under the production banner including Bad Monkeys, Beautiful Things and Marian.
This partnership between Margot Robbie and Richard Mille complements the very contemporary spirit of the collection in which Margot will bring her creative energy and her own interpretation of femininity as she participates in the design of several models.
"I am really excited to join the Richard Mille family, I have always admired the brand’s artistry and innovation. The watch we are working on embodies Richard Mille’s vision of horology; it’s beautiful, unique and modern. I can’t wait for everyone to see it.”
Richard Mille and Margot will create together a collection of which the proceeds will be donated to Youngcare. This foundation is committed to helping young Aussies with high-care needs live life with choice, independence and dignity.
Collaborating with an array of artists and masters in their disciplines allows Richard Mille to enrich its vision of what a masterpiece of watchmaking for the 21st century should look like, without losing sight of tradition and history.
—Glen B Bowen
MANUFACTURE ROYALE INTRODUCES THE ADN STREET ART COLLECTION
The Manufacture Royale ADN Street Art collection taps into contemporary artistic expression, in both uniqueness and technical innovation, while paying homage to its roots. Each ADN Street Art timepiece is one of a kind, a result and inherent property of its decorative design process—water transfer printing—a medium from which infinite custom designs are possible.
The Manufacture Royale ADN Street Art is a fascinating watchmaking creation, imposing its style through established identity codes. The dynamic forms, three dimensional architecture, and strength of design highlight the avant-garde spirit of the Manufacture. Its sculptural aesthetic is animated by a perfect mechanism, the MR10—Manufacture Royale’s tenth calibre—reinterpreting the art of ‘ skeleton’ movements, complete with a one-minute tourbillon on silicone ball bearings, in a resolutely contemporary vision.
For its latest collection, Manufacture Royale finds inspiration in today’s street art. The ADN Street Art collection masterfully plays with a concept found in Voltaire’s Philosophical Dictionary: “a chaos of clear ideas.” This phrase illustrates the notion of a visually “clear” method of telling time offset by the “chaos” of individualized creative artistic expression.
With the launch of the ADN Street Art, Manufacture Royale carries the banner for personal expression.
Stripped bare, the skeleton of the movement has become the canvas for whatever a
client envisions—their very own exclusive design—accompanied by the constant beat of its mechanical pulse, regulated by a one-minute tourbillon. Made up of several overlapping squares, each superimposed printed frame becomes one with the composition, reflecting the rhythm of the tourbillon. Using the technique of water transfer printing results in unique water transfer printed components artfully highlight the skeleton movement’s architecture and define each one-of-a-kind timepiece.
Seated in the ADN (DNA in French) case, which combines elements of Manufacture Royale’s first two collections—the Opera and Androgyne—whose makeup is decidedly steampunk, each unique movement is perfectly framed. Its mobile lugs pivot on the case formed by two lateral stretcher pieces enclosing the middle, whose round bezel is held by 12 screws. Despite its 46 mm diameter, this technical construction with no fewer than 67 components and studied for optimal ergonomics fits comfortably on the wrist.
The Manufacture Royale ADN Street Art watch is offered on a flexible rubber or leather strap with stainless steel or stainless steel-DLC folding buckle, ensuring wearing comfort and security. Eachpiece is unique. —Glen B Bowen
RICHARD MILLE RM 38-01 G-SENSOR TOURBILLON BUBBA WATSON
Bubba Watson photo by Allan Henry
American golfer Bubba Watson, partner for Richard Mille since 2010, stands out from the crowd with his unique physique, personality and self taught skills in golf. He epitomizes the high performance and precision of human ability as an instrument for sports. Only 35 years old, he is already leaving his mark as one of the best players of his generation with one of the most powerful drives, establishing him consistently as the longest hitter on the PGA tour since 2006, followed by his first 1st US PGA Tour event in 2010.
After the success of the limited RM 038 Golfer’s Tourbillon released in 2011, Richard Mille has undertaken the development yet another specific tourbillon watch for Bubba Watson with added functionality to complement his powerful drives on the course. The result is the RM 38-01 Bubba Watson, a timepiece that combines a patented G-sensor with a tourbillon mechanism, thus providing new insights for golfers during their game. The mechanical G-sensor, a Richard Mille world first containing more than 50 moving parts within a mere 17mm, allows the user to see the accumulated motion of their swing in G’s. The sensor, placed under 12, is able to record the force generated by a golfer’s swing, specifically during the last segment. In reality this means that the RM 38-01 can record up to 20-G’s of acceleration, a very important insight for golfers such as Bubba Watson, renowned for his ability to hit a ball at more than 310 kilometers per hour. Resetting the sensor back to zero for the following swing is done by simply pressing the aerodynamically formed pusher at 9:00 once.
The G-sensor mechanism is integrated into the heart of a manual winding tourbillon movement with circa 48 hours of power reserve. The movement is a technological marvel with its highly skeletonized, asymmetrical flying bridges and plates machined from grade 5 titanium with PVD treatment. This choice of materials and finish ensure rigidity, flatness and resistance for all the moving parts, simultaneously allowing the movement to effortlessly express its architectural aspirations of air and form.
On looking at the RM 38-01 Bubba Watson, one’s attention is immediately drawn to the unique green case - Bubba’s favorite color - which upon closer examination again demonstrates the mastery and insight of Richard Mille in the revolutionary application of industrial materials for 21st century watchmaking.
In this manner the front and back bezels of the RM 38-01 are created in TZP-G, a ceramic class of material based on microscopic tubes of alumina oxide powder injected with green colorant at a pressure of 2,000 bars. This is followed by a long and difficult machining and grinding process with diamond tooling in order to obtain the exact complex curves and arcs typical of Richard Mille’s designs. The result is a material that offers 20 - 30% more stiffness in comparison to traditional ceramics. In the last stage, the material is then delicately worked in order to create an attractive matt surface finish and further complemented with a central caseband in grade 5 titanium molded with white rubber, thus providing comfort and lightness for the user under all conditions.
Released in an edition of 50 pieces worldwide, the RM 38-01 G-sensor Bubba Watson provides all golfers with new insights about the strength of their swing and thus allows them to better adapt the power of their technique accordingly to the playing requirements of each course they compete on. It represents the perfect synthesis of haute horlogerie with 21st century innovation, comfort and usefulness for today’s golf enthusiasts worldwide.
—Glen B Bowen