Friday, 29 June 2012




Courtesy of Richard Mille
The “Big One For One Drop” tournament organized by the World Series of Poker will take place in Las Vegas from 1st to 3rd July at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. This tournament is the world’s most important and prestigious, and its one-million-dollar entry fee is the highest in the history of poker!

This year, the profits from the tournament will be paid to the “One Drop” Foundation established by Guy Laliberté, creator of Cirque du Soleil®, which works to provide universal access to water. It is thus one of the most spectacular charitable initiatives ever undertaken in the history of poker.

Richard Mille, who is deeply touched by the initiatives of his friend Guy, wished to offer his support by creating the trophy awarded to the winner of the World Series of Poker. When designing this “tonneau shaped bracelet”, Mélanie Treton-Monceyron, the brand’s Artistic Director, naturally based her work on the symbolism behind the “One Drop” Foundation’s mission, “water for all, all for water“, to create this unique, spectacular bracelet.

Symbolising and highlighting this precious element was no easy task. Two sapphire crystals were superimposed in the heart of a case to give enhanced depth, and were then screen-printed with the logo of the “Big One For One Drop” tournament. A pear-shaped diamond of 0.78K was then set in the first sapphire crystal, which has a thickness of 4/10, and placed on the logo of the ‘One Drop’ Foundation which is, naturally, a drop of water. Another characteristic is the platinum bracelet, which has been entirely wire-cut, and its components, which have all been assembled, cambered and enamelled by hand, then polished using a micro-blasting technique. Given the hard and brittle nature of platinum, it is extremely difficult to work and this exceptional piece thus required no less than 120 hours.

Richard Mille is delighted to be supporting his friend Guy Laliberté and his “One Drop” Foundation. It is an important cause that he feels strongly about, like the other charities he advocates: Action Innocence, under the chairmanship of Valérie Wertheimer, which contributes to defending the dignity and integrity of children on the Internet ; Jackie Chan’s Dragon’s Heart Foundation, which helps to fulfil the needs of children living in remote areas ; Only Watch, which acts to raise funds for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research ; the Rafa Nadal Foundation, which provides new opportunities for socially disadvantaged young people ; Sentebale, a charity founded by His Highness Prince Harry of Wales to support orphans and vulnerable children in Lesotho and ; Free the Children, an international educational charity championed by Natalie Portman, the brand’s new partner.

About One Drop

ONE DROP —an initiative of Guy Laliberté, Founder of Cirque du Soleil®— is an international non-governmental organization established in Canada, in 2007. ONE DROP fights poverty by supporting access to water and raising individual and community awareness of the need to mobilize so that safe water is accessible to all, in sufficient quantity, today and tomorrow. With its uniquely artistic approach, ONE DROP educates and implements site-specific safe water solutions while allocating microfinance loans to help ensure sustainable development. Worldwide, ONE DROP’s ongoing creative projects also raise awareness about water-related issues and encourage smarter water practices. In the U.S., ONE DROP is a public charity that undertakes innovative activities in which water plays a central role as a creative force to generate positive, sustainable change worldwide. To learn more, visit

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