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in this issue LUKE GRIMES BY MITCHELL NGUYEN MCCORMACK

Richard Mille x Kongo: World’s First Graffiti Watch

Kongo lends his street cred to Richard Mille

 

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Renowned street artist Kongo is no stranger to collaborations; he’s teamed up, for instance, with Hermès. But his partnership with Richard Mille marks the first time he’s ever joined forces with a timepiece manufacturer.

I’ve never been restricted to a single surface as a painter,” says Kongo in a statement.

Indeed, his work with Richard Mille goes beyond the surface as well. Kongo didn’t only take part in designing the new RM 68-01 Tourbillon Cyril Kongo, as the watch is called; he also hand-painted every part, including the tourbillon watch movement. To do that, he had to use specially-developed tools, which took almost a year to research.

 

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Each part of the watch—the asymmetric case, TZP black ceramic bezel and caseback, Grade 5 Titanium baseplate and bridges, NTPT carbon caseband—serves as an empty canvas for the artist. And the finished product is simply a work of art.

 

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The RM 68-01 Tourbillon Cyril Kongo is a limited edition piece, and only 30 units will be available.

 

 

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