Richard Mille RM 055 All Grey Boutique Edition (Bubba Watson)

Richard Mille RM055 All Grey Bubba Watson Boutique Edition - Perpetuelle

Limited to just 50 pieces, the RM 055 All Grey Boutique Edition is the newest iteration of the popular RM 055 Bubba Watson series by Richard Mille. The RM 055 Boutique Edition is available only at select Richard Mille Boutiques in Europe and the Middle East.  This watch has an upper bezel created using shot-blasted titanium carbide (TiC), a titanium and carbon alloy with a hardness of 1450 Vickers.  TiC was first used by Richard Mille in the creation of the armored case of the Tourbillon RM 053 Pablo Mac Donough which debuted in 2012. Its hardness enables it to withstand extremes and therefore ensures outstanding durability.

Richard Mille RM 055 All Grey Boutique Edition

Limited Edition 50 pieces (105,000 swiss Francs per)

Richard Mille RM055 All Grey Bubba Watson Boutique Edition detail - Perpetuelle

The caseband and caseback are made using shot-blasted titanium. The manufacturing process involves shot-blasting the grade 5 titanium case with miniscule glass beads at a low pressure to ensure an even finish and thus creating the ‘all grey’ effect.  The manual winding caliber RMUL2 is skeletonized, and made of grade 5 titanium with a PVD- and Titalyt treated baseplate and bridges.  According to Mille, this combination provides the whole structure with optimum rigidity and excellent surface flatness and finish, essential aspects for the perfect functioning of the gear train.  Originally designed in collaboration with Bubba Watson, one of the most powerful hitters on the PGA Tour, the caliber RMUL2 is capable of withstanding accelerations of over 500-G’s.

Sweet looking watch!

Spectacular: The New 1770 Voltige, by Manufacture Royale

Manufacture Royale 1770 Voltige in steel - Perpetuelle

Have a look at this, will you!  This incredibly attractive new piece comes from a young, independent brand you’ve very likely never heard of:  Manufacture Royale.  Though its heritage dates back to a famous (though not “watch famous”) founding father, Manufacture Royale was nothing but a dormant brand for the last 250 or so years.  In 2010, watch industry veterans set out to restore this brand of long-ago, and Manufacture Royale was again born.  And that famous (though not “watch famous”) founder?  None other than Voltaire, the famous French author and philosopher — now there’s a bit of interesting trivia!

Heritage aside, it must be noted that this is the first time I have written about Manufacture Royale here at Perpetuelle.  Indeed, Manufacture Royale is a brand that perhaps has not gotten the attention and accolades it deserves.  But with a watch like this — my jaw literally dropped when it was presented to me a couple months ago — how could I not shine a spotlight on this independent watch brand?  With the 1770 Voltige, I must say that Manufacture Royale’s time has come and accolades are due.

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Three Special Edition Parmigiani Tonda Watches for the 2015 Montreux Jazz Festival

Parmigiani Fluerier Tonda Metrograph for Montreux Jazz Festival 2015 - Perpetuelle

The Montreux Jazz Festival wrapped up last week, and though it is not something I have a personal interest in, there were a few special watches created by Parmigiani Fleurier that caught my eye.   Unless paying close attention, watches like this often fly under the radar.  Up top is a special edition Tonda Metrgraphe which interprets the 2015 festival poster which was created by Swiss pop artist Sylvie Fleury.  On the matte finished asphalt grey dial, the slight sheen of a tone-on-tone splatter mark is subtly incorporated; the graphic spirit of the watch is accentuated by pointed black decal indices and numerals which are picked out in a bright yellow decal, like a street artist’s tag splashed across a wall.  The interpretation via ladies model is show below.

But my favorite piece is this wonderful watch — a fine example of wood marquetry.

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Andreas Strehler “Golden Butterfly” (Papillon d’Or)

Andreas Strehler Papillon dOr platinum - Perpetuelle

Though you may not know the name, Andreas Strehler is an acclaimed watchmaker.  A member of the prestigious AHCI, Strehler now primarily makes for his own brand now, but he has also helped create movements for Harry Winston (Opus 7) and the Maitre du Temps (Chapter 3), H. Moser, & more.   His “Sauterelle à lune perpétuelle” is recognized in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most precise lunar phase wristwatch.  Strehler first presented the Papillon (‘butterfly’ – look closely for a moment, you’ll see it.) in 2008, with the Papillon d’Or seen here being his latest version.  A large solid gold bridge in the form of a butterfly holds the superbly finished gear train with its two sapphire crystal gear wheels and supports the white fired silver dial ring.

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