Renowned Watchmakers are constantly pushing the envelope of ‘attention to detail’ with their thin designs to set a new precedence in horology. Yes, I’m talking about the Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Ultra watch that set the world record for being the thinnest mechanical timepiece back in the month of March 2022 – measuring just 1.80mm thick. That crown has now been taken away by the Richard Mille RM UP-01 Ferrari which is just 1.75mm thick. That’s about the thickness of two credit cards!
Not only is this Ferrari collaborative, an ultra-thin skeletonized timepiece, but also the most robust out there with the ability to take on a force of 5,000 Gs (litany of strength tests approved) and water-resistant of up to 10M. This mind-boggling size shrink is possible courtesy of the redeveloped escapement and grade 5 titanium case construction. Compared to the Bulgari’s watch that has the caseback doubled as the baseplate, the RM UP-01 Ferrari has assembled the entire movement (developed by RM and Audemars Piguet Renaud & Papi) measuring 1.18mm thick into the case itself.
Designer: Richard Mille
The intricate design has a titanium variable inertia balance wheel for thickness reduction without compromising any functions. Unlike traditional escapements on most watches that protect the lever from shock with a guard pin and safety roller, The RM’s patented creation eliminates these components and brings the banking function directly to the anchor fork. Further, this fork is elongated and the horns are modified to accommodate the size crunch.
Case of the RM UP-01 Ferrari has a rounded rectangular shape, as elements surrounding the time display are the bezel here. The crown for selecting winding or setting options is etched onto the vast bezel. This crown has two black ceramic inserts to protect the bezel from friction or water damage. The dial on this wafer-thin timepiece is covered with sapphire crystal and an anti-reflective coating on each side. The Ferrari logo inside the divot is a nod to the racing character of this jaw-dropping creation of modern art.
According to Richard Mille, only 150 limited edition pieces of this ultra-thin wristwatch will be created. Loyal RM fans and collectors who swear by the brand can own this modern marvel of watchmaking for a steep price tag of $1,888,000. The level of detail and the intricate skill required to put together this masterpiece justifies it all.