Richard Mille Explores Bushido Code of 47 Ronin With $1M USD RM 47 Tourbillon

The historic Asano clan’s crossed feathers crest adorns the tourbillon.

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Richard Mille has adopted the way of the samurai with its latest manually wound tourbillon.

The RM 47 Tourbillon explores the Bushido code through one of the most famous moments in Japanese history, that of the 47 Ronin who set out to avenge the death of their master, Asano Naganori.

By using an extremely compact calibre most of the space within the RM 47 Tourbillon’s case has been given over to a miniature suit of samurai armor hand-engraved from 18K 3N yellow gold, while the tourbillon bears the Asano clan’s heraldic Kamon of two crossed falcon feathers at the six o’clock position.

Featuring an 18K Gold Hand-Engraved and Painted Suit of Samurai Armor and a Tourbillon Bearing The Asano Clan Symbol.

The armor is created by husband and wife team Pierre-Alain Lozeron and Valerie Lozeron, with the engraving taking 16 hours followed by a further nine hours of painting.

The concept was born during a conversation between Richard Mille and twice Formula 1 world champion and brand partner Fernando Alonso, who is a fan of traditional Japanese arts.

The RM 47 Tourbillon is out now via Richard Mille, limited to 75 pieces and priced CHF 969,000 excluding taxes (approximately $1.04M USD).

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