June 15, 2017
The RM 26-01 Panda is Richard Mille's latest limited-edition 3D watch design.
—ROBERTA NAAS, ATimelyPerspective.com
Richard Mille, one of the first watchmakers ever to introduce the concept of 3D watches to the world, has done it again with the stunning RM 26-01 Panda high-jeweled watch. In three-dimensional beauty, a giant panda created in gold with black sapphires and white diamonds rests among bamboo shoots on the dial of the tourbillon timepiece.
The giant panda enjoys global recognition as a friendly, loveable, and protected species and is considered a symbol of peace. Richard Mille opted to embrace the spirit of the panda in this newest watch. The tourbillon caliber features a base plate machined from black onyx, which is said to absorb negative energy and bring emotional stability to the wearer. The panda is sculpted in white gold and integrated into the tourbillon. The bamboo forest of leaves and bark is hand sculpted in yellow gold and hand painted. Just 30 pieces of the RM 26-01 Panda will be made in white gold and 30 in rose gold.
Founder and editor-in-chief of ATimelyPerspective.com, Roberta Naas is a veteran award-winning journalist in the watch industry with more than 25 years of experience. She was the first woman watch editor in the US market—breaking in to an “all boys network” with a pioneering spirit that would be her signature to this day. Naas brings responsible, factual—yet always timely and insightful—reporting of the watch industry to the forefront.