Why is it important: Swiss luxury watch manufacturer Richard Mille has unveiled the thinnest mechanical watch in the world. The incredibly thin RM UP-01 Ferrari is an ultra-slim hand-wound watch measuring just 1.75mm from dial to caseback, nearly 0.05mm ahead of previous record holder Bulgari and its Octo Finissimo Ultra.

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For comparison, the thickness of the Apple Watch Series 7 is 10.7mm. You can stack six of them together and they still won’t be as thick as an Apple Watch alone.

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The watch’s skeletonized baseplate and bridges are made from an alloy of 90 percent titanium, 6 percent aluminum and 4 percent vanadium. combinationwhich is often used in advanced aerospace applications, increases the strength of the material compared to commercially pure titanium.

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RM UP-01 Ferrari withstands acceleration over 5000 g and water resistance up to 10 meters. Its movement – the internal components that make the watch function – was developed in collaboration with Audemars Piguet Renaud & Papi. Richard Millais also collaborated with Ferrari on this project and spent over 6,000 hours of development and laboratory testing in total.

I am far from a fan of watches, but I can appreciate the level of craftsmanship displayed here. However, as a non-specialist, I cannot say that this creation is so aesthetically pleasing. Bulgari piece much more stylish IMO.

The RM UP-01 Ferrari is limited to just 150 pieces and will sell for a staggering $1,888,000.

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