For New Watch, Natalie Portman Forsakes Black Swans for Diamond Spiders

Natalie Portman Richard mille watch - H 2014
Courtesy of Richard Mille

Natalie Portman Richard mille watch - H 2014

The actress has co-designed an arachnid-inspired "feminine energy" watch with luxury maker Richard Mille benefiting Free the Children.

Natalie Portman has a new animal inspiration: spiders.

As revealed at this week’s SIHH fair in Geneva, the actress has designed a watch in conjunction with Swiss luxury timepiece maker Richard Mille, and it’s basically a diamond-and-white-gold spider trapped inside a watch case.

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Visitors to the Mille booth at the fair got an in-person sneak peek at the black-and-white ticker, dubbed the Tourbillon RM 19-01 Natalie Portman. Inside the diamond-set case rests the traced outline of a sparkly spider, its eight legs also set in diamonds, its gem-encrusted body surrounding a tourbillon (a watch complication that counteracts the effect of gravity on timekeeping). On the open-case back, there’s a web design done in black sapphires.

Why a spider? According to the company release, Portman chose it because the insect is a symbol of "feminine energy and creativity. A mistress of fate and weaver of reality, the spider is the symbol of the soul but also freedom."

Only 20 of the watches will be produced, with proceeds benefiting Free the Children, for which Portman serves as a celebrity ambassador. The international charity works to inspire youth to become global citizens through service learning programs in the U.S, the United Kingdom and Canada and supports child-focused development in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Portman, who next appears in two movies for director Terrence Malick, has previously worn a Richard Mille ladies model RM 007 Automatic watch set with conflict-free diamonds on the red carpet.

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The company release also noted that, “For the Altaic peoples of Central Asia and Siberia, it represents the soul released from the body, and on the mystical level, the thread of the spider is a support in spiritual development. Among the peoples of West Africa, the spider, called Anansi, is seen as the originator of the first humans and creator of the Sun, Moon and stars.”

The price of the watch has not yet been announced.