Richard Mille creates the official bracelet of World Series of Poker 2012 "Big One for One Drop" tournament
The buy-in for this Sunday's "Big One for One Drop" World Series of Poker tournament in Las Vegas is $1 million; that highest entry fee in the history of professional poker. The 48 players who battle it out in this three-day charity event will vie for prize money, and an official WSOP trophy bracelet created by Richard Mille.
"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."
To create the bracelet, as a homage to the "One Drop" Foundation's mission, "water for all, all for water," two sapphire crystals were superimposed in the heart of a case to give it depth, and were then screen-printed with the logo of the "Big One For One Drop" tournament. A 0.78 carat pear-shaped diamond was then set in the sapphire crystal, which has a thickness of 4/10, and placed on the logo of the 'One Drop' Foundation (a drop of water). A platinum bracelet was entirely wire-cut, and its components, which were all assembled, cambered and enamelled by hand, then polished using micro-blasting technique.