Worldwide partner of the brand since 2011, the American actress is a multi-talented woman of high accomplishments, having graduated from Harvard in psychology in addition to her roles at the theater and on screen.

She supports various charitable associations such as the Foundation for International Community Assistance (FINCA), a non-profit organization offering solutions for microcredit in developing countries, and Free the Children, a charity defending the rights of children worldwide.

For her first collaboration with Richard Mille, Natalie Portman set her mind on an image combining strong associations and complex undertones expressed by a diamond studded and encrusted tracery based upon the image of a spider. Abundant myths and stories about spiders are found in every civilization, often in relation to feminine energy and creativity. A mistress of fate and weaver of reality, the spider is the symbol of the soul but also freedom. The thread of the spider is a support in spiritual development.

 

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The rhodium-plated white gold spider, set with diamonds, forms an integral part of the movement. The opisthosoma, the abdominal part of the spider’s body, stiffens the tourbillon bridges and its legs support the two barrels. © Richard Mille

 

The RM19-01 manual winding tourbillon caliber is assembled around a black rhodium-plated, 18K white gold black sapphire set baseplate, a first for Richard Mille. The spider within the movement, also in 18K white gold and set with diamonds, forms an integral part of the movement, with the abdomen of the spider actually supporting the bridges of the tourbillon, and its legs supporting the two winding barrels.

This aesthetic achievement was only possible after a long and difficult machining process followed by many hours of hand polishing, finishing and the guiding eye of the watchmaker working in harmony with the centuries old skills of the jewel setter.

Available in 20 pieces worldwide, this novel ladies’ creation will be worn by Natalie Portman at several events worldwide.

 

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The baseplate of the RM 19-01 is machined from 18K white gold, polished by hand and then black rhodium-plated. Taking the spider web as its motif, the baseplate is then decorated and set with hundreds of black sapphires. © Richard Mille