The Phoenix and Dragon are two of the ‘Four Supernatural Spirits’; therefore it is believed that seeing a Phoenix and Dragon together is symbolic for great fortuitousness and luck.
Created from 3N rose gold, these legendary figures inhabiting the interior of the movement are carved and incised entirely by hand. Special miniature tools needed to be made for the specific artistry required in the physical realization of these two creatures. To increase the realism of these special animals, a long and painstaking process of hand finished micro painting was executed.

The tripartite tonneau-shaped case is fully curved. The machining lasts 4 hours
and 255 milling procedures are required to produce a single RM 57-01 case, which is is water-resistant to 50 meters thanks to two Nitril O-ring seals.

 

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Tourbillon RM 57-01 Phoenix and Dragon - Jackie Chan © Richard Mille


The Caliber RM57-01, a manual winding tourbillon movement with hours and minutes, offers a baseplate of PVD treated titanium, double winding barrels and a power reserve of 48 hours, indicated by a red line between 10 and 11 o’clock. It is given extra protection by a torque-limiting crown to protect the watch from possible overwinding.

 

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The case is assembled using 20 grade 5 titanium spline screws and abrasion-resistant washers in 316L stainless steel. © Richard Mille