When renowned actress Michelle Yeoh came in contact with Richard Mille through Jean Todt, they discovered a mutual passion for watches, leading to a professional collaboration between them. Stunned by her artistic talents, knowledge, and understanding of women’s tastes, he suggested creating and designing a specific women’s watch. Michelle Yeoh took up the offer and worked with Melanie Treton-Monceyron, Artistic director of Richard Mille, to create the elegant RM 051. Her Malaysian influences guided her to pick the Phoenix as the symbol to adorn the watch, owing to its grace, feminine beauty, and strength. The Phoenix represents five human qualities: the head for virtue, wings for duty, back for justice, chest for goodwill, and its belly for reliability.
The Phoenix of the RM 051 is dazzled with diamonds and encapsulates the movement in harmony with the barrel, power reserve, and tourbillon. Another soul-stirring feature of the RM 051 is the base plate made of black Onyx, a gemstone known for its properties of absorbing negative energy and providing emotional stability as well as inspiration. With all these Asian virtues and incredible looks, I can already anticipate this epitome of Haute Horlogerie to be a favorite among the connoisseurs.