Object of Desire: Richard Mille Watch

Luxury watchmaker Richard Mille opens a Newbury Street boutique.

Photo by Manon Wertenbroek and Arnaud Le Brazidec

What’s practical, breathtakingly beautiful, and worn by both Jay-Z and Natalie Portman? The answer lies behind the doors of Boston’s brand-new Richard Mille boutique, opening on Newbury Street this spring. The Swiss watchmaker is famous the world over for blending high-performance technology with a fine-jewelry look. Take this new addition to the women’s collection: Dreamed up by designer Cécile Guenat, the limited-edition Talisman series showcases art deco lines and a gem-set face inspired by ritual masks and tiaras, with an automatic tourbillon movement—a mechanism designed to counteract the effects of gravity—that makes each timepiece a true tour de force.

RM 71-01 “Talisman” titanium-and-gold watch with diamonds, mother-of-pearl, onyx, and black sapphire, $425,000, Richard Mille.