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    Sale 12572

    Important Watches

    30 May 2016, Convention Hall

  • Lot 2465

    RICHARD MILLE. A UNIQUE AND VERY FINE 18K WHITE GOLD TONNEAU-SHAPED SKELETONISED TOURBILLON WRISTWATCH WITH LAPIS LAZULI-SET WHEELS, MADE TO COMMEMORATE THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF BOUCHERON

    SIGNED RICHARD MILLE, UNIQUE PIECE, REF. RM018 AI WG, MOVEMENT NO. 27, CIRCA 2008

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    RICHARD MILLE. A UNIQUE AND VERY FINE 18K WHITE GOLD TONNEAU-SHAPED SKELETONISED TOURBILLON WRISTWATCH WITH LAPIS LAZULI-SET WHEELS, MADE TO COMMEMORATE THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF BOUCHERON
    SIGNED RICHARD MILLE, UNIQUE PIECE, REF. RM018 AI WG, MOVEMENT NO. 27, CIRCA 2008
    Mechanical jewelled movement, one minute tourbillon carriage visible through the skeletonised dial with lapis lazuli-set movement wheels, luminous dot numerals, tonneau-shaped case, milled bezel secured by eight screws, glazed display back secured by four screws, 18k white gold Richard Mille buckle, case, dial and movement signed
    39 mm. wide
    US$300,000-500,000


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    With Richard Mille Warranty dated 22 December 2010, leather wallet, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

    2008 marked the 150th anniversary of the Parisian jeweler Boucheron and to commemorate this special occasion, Richard Mille produced a very special model, the RM018 available in a number of variations.
    The watch is most notable for its movement, which is not only a tourbillon but has the wheels set with semi-precious stones. A number of different versions were produced in the limited edition of 30 pieces featuring tigers-eye, jasper, black onyx, and diamonds, that can also be seen through the skeletonised dial. The technique that is required to create such a watch involves a high level of mathematical modelling and precision in handcrafting its wheels.
    As a clear nod to the history of Boucheron the crown is in the style synonymous with the maison haute joaillerie, and the case is deep engraved with vertical ridges giving a strong reminder of the icon Reflet watch introduced by the brand in 1947.
    The present lot is perhaps the most handsome combination of the edition with the movement decorated with lapis lazuli presenting a beautiful contrast to the white metal case, set off by the subdued black alligator strap. Executed as a piece unique this may represent a once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire a watch important to the history of two significant brands at the top of their respective industries.

    Special Notice

    Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory, tortoiseshell and crocodile. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.