The new Bonbon Collection from Richard Mille includes 10 references across two families, the Sweets (of which there four watches) and the Fruits (of which there are six). There are watches in the rectangular RM 16 family (which are being presented as unisex), as well as the ladies’-sized RM 07 and RM 37. Today, we’re going to take a look at the RM 16-01 Fraise (a Fruit) and the RM 07-03 Marshmallow (a Sweet), as well as try to unpack where this collection is coming from.
Looking at these watches, it’s patent that they have the bright color, high-price, and appeal to instant gratification that have come to characterize how some people who care about watches view the timepieces of Mr. Mille. The pastel watches of the Bonbon range are not just inspired by candy, but also actually depict candy. Everything from lollipops and sugary confections to slices of candied citrus fruit and licorice are represented on the dials – under which, granted, beat real-deal Richard Mille movements. In the Marshmallow, which we see represented here in an RM 07 in lavender pink TZP ceramic and white ATZ ceramic with the caliber CRMA2 skeletonized automatic in-house movement with hours, minutes and variable-geometry rotor. The dial made in grade-5 titanium and 5N red gold, with hand-enamel work. But rather than depicting a “classy” white surface or some kind of serious miniature artwork, this enamel work is a swirl of pastel marshmallows.
With the Fraise we have a Carbon TPT case via a North Thin Ply Technology, in Switzerland, which Richard Mille has long used for case materials and in which his company recently invested. This model, which comes as an RM 16, is unisex, and comes on a brightly colored velcro strap. Powered by the RM 16-01 movement, a skeletonized automatic with hours, minutes, date and adjustable rotor geometry, this is every bit a Richard Mille in terms of sheer watchmaking, and yet it has lollipops, candy, and citrus-slices on its dial. It’s name, which means “strawberry,” refers to the red Carbon TPT/red Quartz TPT case sides and back, secured via screws to the Carbon TPT case top, just like a standard Richard Mille.
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