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Richard Mille
RM 57-02 FALCON EXCEPTIONAL AND UNIQUE WHITE GOLD, DIAMOND AND SAPPHIRE-SET SKELETONISED TOURBILLON WRISTWATCH WITH POWER RESERVE INDICATION CIRCA 2017
Dial: skeletonised with diamond-set Falcon
Calibre:
cal. RM57-02 manual winding, 21 jewels
Movement number:
11
Case:
18k white gold, diamonds, sapphires, sapphire crystal display back secured by 8 screws
Closure:
18k white gold and sapphire-set double folding clasp
Dimensions:
50 x 41.5mm 
Signed:
case, dial and movement signed
Accessories: 
Richard Mille warranty certificate, travel case and presentation case
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Catalogue Note

Founded in 1999, Richard Mille has a comparatively short history next to many other Swiss houses currently operational. It has, regardless of this, gained huge renown for creating contemporary pieces dedicated to creating watches with the utmost quality. Utilising technologies from the aviation and motorsport industries it comes as little surprise that the brand has, through its lifetime, gathered a very modern and sports oriented following.

The present lot reference RM57-02 WG represents the highest level of craftsmanship Richard Mille has to offer. While the reference is shared with the RM57-01 Jackie Chan, this model, dubbed 'The Falcon' is entirely unique in its white gold, black sapphire-set case and especially commissioned dial.

The watch is complicated too boasting power reserve indication, a free sprung balance and a tourbillon. Tourbillons, used to counteract the effects that gravity had on the movement, have little technical purpose on wristwatches of the present, however this makes them no less impressive. Indeed the presence of a tourbillon such as that on the present lot is a display of technical brilliance, and, measuring only 12.3 mm across, one must be in awe of the staggering level of skill and precision required to make something so intricate and so minute. The balance is regulated not in the usual manner, by adjusting the balance spring via an index to the bridge, but by micro adjustments made to weights attached to the balance wheel itself. This allows for improved reliability and increased resistance to change through impact and servicing for example.

The complicated nature of this timepiece is matched only by its aesthetic attributes and it is clear that this was of equal importance in its manufacture. This provides a very pleasing juxtaposition. Indeed, the features noted above are virtually hidden; housed within a solid white gold, sapphire-set case and placed behind a diamond-set, hand chased falcon which dominates the overall appearance of the piece. All in all the watch is set with 532 precious stones and is presented with all accessories and is in like new condition.

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