Although this might not be my first choice for a watch (even if I could afford it), there is definitely something that resonates with me about a timepiece that is a reminder of my own mortality. This is not a new concept, but simply a continuation of what is referred to as the memento mori watch tradition that dates back to the 16th century. One notable and highly coveted example of which is the Seton watch which was originally made for Mary Queen of Scots by Moyant A. Bolis.
The RM 52-01 Nano-Ceramic Skull Tourbillon is is the second piece from Richard Mille to pick up on this well established tradition while simultaneously incorporating Richard Mille’s own unique essence.
The RM 52-01 Skull has a manual winding tourbillon caliber built on a baseplate in PVD-treated titanium, much like the original RM 52. But the skull and back of the skull are now sculpted from 5N red gold and are hand-bevelled — giving the skull a much more distinctive presence.
For the case, Richard Mille introduces a composite nano-ceramic material known as TZP, used for the RM 52-01?s bezel and case back (finished with microblasting and hand-polishing on the corners). The RM 52-01 released will be limited to an edition of 30 timepieces.