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Moments in Time: Winter Snow Is Coming

Carefully placing the gemstones onto the metal. Each stone is chosen for its dimension so it fits seamlessly into the one next to it. Photo Fabien Nissels, courtesy Richard Mille. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

The gemstones seem to have floated in the air over to the watch dial and bracelet. This is the marvel of a complex technique known as snow setting. Diamonds are placed side by side to cover the metal. The technique plays with variations in the diameters of the stones which range from 0.5mm to 1.6mm. Each stone is rigorously selected and each arrangement is different rendering each piece unique. The house of Richard Mille has brought out in its collection for women a luxurious sparkling watch outfitted with a thousand rays. The house used the technique of snow setting to turn its RM07-01 and RM 037 models into a sparkling blizzard of scintillating diamonds. The watch is outfitted with a skeleton caliber CRMA2 in-house movement and a power reserve of 50 hours.

This addition to the house’s ladies collection is a full snow set version in white gold that sparkles with a pavé of diamonds on the bezel that continues across the entire dial. The timepiece is breathtaking with gem-set case band pillars and an open-link bracelet. The round diamonds and the gleaming metal make for a dazzling winter wonderland display.
The snow setting technique was developed in 2002 by Jaeger-LeCoultre.
©Trish Valicenti for The Gourmet Gazette

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