Richard Mille RM 26-01 Panda Watch – cute because of the panda!

This year, the RM 26-01, featuring a giant panda, is the latest addition to the RM family of jewellery watches. Generally I shy away from commenting on jewellery watches. However, in this case I made an exception because I like pandas. Nothing spectacular about this piece except for the use of precious gems and stones in its construction.

The new RM26-01 tourbillon caliber is equipped with a baseplate machined from black Onyx, a variety of chalcedony composed of silicon dioxide (SiO2) from the cryptocrystalline quartz group. Onyx varieties featuring rectilinear black and white parallel stripes are part of the agate family, whereas entirely black stones are commonly known as black Onyx. Sculpted in 18K white gold and integrated into the tourbillon, the panda is set entirely with diamonds and black sapphires. It sits in its natural habitat, a bamboo forest, featuring leaves and bark handsculpted from yellow gold and painted by hand. The RM 26-01 tourbillon is a limited edition of 30 timepieces in 18K red gold and white gold.

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