Perched on the river bank at the heart of Shanghai’s Bund Finance Center, the Building by Foster + Partners in collaboration with Heatherwick Studio is inspired by traditional Chinese theatres and features an incredible moving façade composed of multilayered curtain-like bronze tubes.
Alongside similar curves and perspectives, the RM 67.01 Automatic Extra Flat by Richard Mille Homage Watches Replica and the Fosun Foundation designed by Foster + Partners, located at the heart of the Bund Finance Center in Shanghai, share the same sense of aesthetic motion, both literally and figuratively. A glimpse from three angles.
A constantly changing aesthetic
Built at the heart of the Bund Finance Center in Shanghai, the Fosun Foundation building by the Foster + Partners architecture firm rises to the challenge of giving this place a literally moving façade. Designed like a curtain of bronze tubes whose shape recalls a row of bamboo stalks, the façade is composed of several layers moving independently of each other. This fluid rotating movement modifies the surface of the building and the perception of its depth through fascinating light and shade effects. A sense of motion that reminds one of that exemplified by the RM 67.01 Automatic Extra Flat watch. On this model, the flow of time is expressed with great lightness through the hours and minutes hands, as well as the date indication appearing in a discreet window at 5 o’clock.
Mirrored technical sophistication
Successfully transforming the façade of a building that is itself destined to remain immobile reflects an architectural vision firmly anchored in the 21st century. The technology involved in displacing the various bronze tube layers in a wave-like movement demonstrates great modernity and a new approach to architecture. Like the building created by Foster + Partners, the RM 67.01 Automatic Extra Flat watch reveals an identical quest for technical sophistication. The art of extreme thinness calls for highly specific expertise. Nonetheless, through aesthetic subterfuges applied to the complex case that involves 215 different machining operations, and to the openworked dial enhanced with Super-LumiNova®, Richard Mille manages to highlight the volumes and invites the gaze to plunge into the fascinating depths of its perspective.
A classic heritage as the bedrock of futurism
While the façade of the Fosun Foundation is fully in tune with its time, it in no way departs from the cultural roots of its surroundings. The use of the bamboo aesthetic illustrates this determination to remain firmly attached to traditions. The same philosophy governs the RM 67.01 Automatic Extra Flat which, in line with all Are Richard Mille Watches Good Replica creations, evokes its horological heritage without losing sight of a futurism and extreme technical sophistication. Embodied by the openworked mechanical movement partially revealed through its most emblematic elements like the wheels, rotor and screws, the discreet nod to traditional Haute Horlogerie serves a vivid reminder that innovation cannot dispense with technical heritage.
Throughout the past couple of weeks when I had the RM033 about, event invites and traveling programs worked out in a way which I was on the road a lot and thus meeting many new people — largely journalists working in the opinion or fashion industry, but also watch business insiders. On such occasions, once everyone is beyond the “How was your flight?” Round of petty small talk, matters come to either complimenting the readily identified iconic watch of the person sitting nearby, or, even if it seems interesting at all, the ever-green silence-breaker question arises: “So, What Watch Are You Wearing? “With the RM011, I was hardly ever asked this question. Back in Hong Kong I was greeted twice with “Ooh, you are wearing a costly watch!” Being yelled at me — and in other, even more discreet configurations, still everyone with anything to do with the watch business knew more or less what the watch was. The Richard Mille RM033 is a completely different story.Soon after starting his brand in the early 2000s, Richard Mille understood and also good discipline followed closely (not-so-)secret recipe to luxury watch brand success: be daring and instantly recognizable. I mean, just consider any one of the most successful luxury watches ever made. Take the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak as a most fitting example: the Royal Oak was dumb costly in 1972, but had an outside unique enough that rich people consciously or subconsciously began (and very much continue) to gravitate towards it as they understand or at least sense how the Royal Oak, like no other watch at the time and still few now, exhibits surplus wealth. For some enjoyable reading on a related subject, have a look at this article on how the most famous watches could be realized only for their hand layouts.
Richard Mille RM 67-01 Automatic Extra Flat
Case : grade 5 titanium
Dimensions : 38.70 x 47.52 x 7.75 mm
Movement : skeletonized mechanical self-winding ultra-thin, Caliber CRM16, 50-hour power reserve
Functions : hours, minutes, date, function selector
Caseback : sapphire crystal