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.
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.
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.
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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