Unlike the huge dimensions, bold design and lots of colors synonymous with Richard Mille watches, the very monotone Richard Mille RM UP-01 Ferrari, on the other hand, sets a record for the world’s thinnest watch. Measuring a mere 1.75mm thick.
Previously Bulgari held the micro-watchmaking record, with its 1.80mm thick Octo Finissimo Ultra, introduced in early 2022.
To make the watch thin, Richard Mille’s tactic was to distribute the components across a large surface area rather than stacking them, as in a traditional movement.
The baseplate and bridges are made out of grade 5 titanium, a particularly rigid alloy that includes aluminum and vanadium. It was extensively tested to make sure the watch was strong enough to withstand accelerations of over 5,000 g’s.
The case, like most other Richard Mille watches, is tonneau, but it’s an east-west tonneau, rotated so that the long end, which is 51mm is positioned lengthwise on the wrist, and the short end, which is 39mm, rests between the knuckles.
Another thing in common with other Richard Mille watches is the hefty price tag.
This one is Kenya Shillings 222,708,000. The Richard Mille RM UP-01 Ferrari is not a concept watch. It is a fairly large limited edition of 150 pieces.