Since its inception, Richard Mille has embraced the notion that its timepieces are a racing machine on the wrist. Pivoting from collaborating and being inspired by motorsports, to various sporting and challenging environments, Richard Mille this year wades into the world of the whimsical with its Bonbon collection.
It is the Swiss brand's interpretation of the world of candy. Composed of candies, pastries and fruit, Richard Mille unveils 10 models, each produced in an edition of 30 pieces. Leveraging on its experience manipulating materials, colour and form, Richard Mille new timepieces is based off its three iconic models, the RM 07-03, RM 16-01 and RM 37-01.
The brand's previous forays into the spectrum of greens, crimson, yellow and even pink have earned it a mastery of materials, many of them exclusive, and that has made this a Richard Mille specialty. Its understanding of how tinted ceramics behave, expertise in layering materials like Carbon TPT® and Quartz TPT® and constant improvements to the setting of coloured gemstones are all ingredients in these confectionary-inspired watches.
Lastly, a finely honed eye for detail makes these 10 models stunning graphic compositions that offer a wealth of shades and textures appearing in every component of the watch. The crowns and some of the caseband, for instance, take the shape of a particular treat, such as a cupcake or gelato.
The Sweets collection comprises four models, all with two-tone ceramic cases that set off their grand feu enamel or black-chromed titanium confections. The RM 07-03 Cupcake, RM 07-03 Marshmallow, RM 37-01 Sucette and RM 16-01 Réglisse are colourful and delectable, evoking a whole spectrum of flavours. The creamy quality of the TZP ceramic case is enhanced by the varied matt and polished effects of elements on the dial.
Black, a foundational colour in the technical vocabulary of Richard Mille, is presented in a whole new light here, as a giant roll of liquorice that occupies the entire surface of a dial. The liquorice shape of the RM 16-01 was achieved via a stamping operation, followed by a black chrome coating that lends this piece its spot-on colour and texture.
The Fruits line is a homage to the very concept of sweet temptation in six delectable flavours: Lemon and Strawberry (RM 16-01 Citron et Fraise), Blueberry and Litchi (RM 07-03 Myrtille et Litchi), Kiwi and Cherry (RM 37-01 Kiwi et Cerise).
In addition to colour-gradient cases made of Carbon TPT® combined with Quartz TPT® of a different hue for each model is an all-new turquoise colour. Painted in acrylics and lacquered by hand, the realism of the miniature sculptures has been enhanced by a 'sugar coating' effect that was achieved using powdered enamel and the fine sand employed in hourglasses. Tart jelly ribbons, twisty lollipops, candy citrus segments, gumdrops and other surprises are positioned on plates of grade 5 titanium that are machined and skeletonised like horological components.
Applying the science of materials and textures to the realm of confectionary, Richard Mille has embarked on a vast collection of delicious and powerfully evocative pieces. Every watch in the Bonbon Collection is mouth-wateringly appetising, and promises a moment of horological ecstasy.