Richard Mille, the official timekeeper for the Scuderia Ferrari Formula One team, has released the RM UP-01 Ferrari, a watch driven by the values the Swiss luxury watchmaker and Italian supercar maker share — the obsession with excellence, precision, reliability and innovation. Only 150 will be made. 

Sporting instantly recognisable, elegant mechanisms, the RM UP-01 Ferrari is the thinnest timepiece ever. It measures “just” 1.75 mm thick. According to the Les Breuleux-based brand, “The RM UP-01 Ferrari constitutes a triumph of technical prowess and exemplifies a new approach to watch mechanics in which technicity more than ever dictates aesthetics.”

“It constitutes a triumph of technical prowess”

“Even in the realm of extreme flatness, we were determined to make a watch that met the same validation requirements as all our other models. In this quest for absolute flatness, we had to offer a watch that, far from being a ‘concept watch’, was up to the task of following a wearer’s daily life,” the company added. 

Richard Mille worked alongside the Prancing Horse brand to create this wristwatch. The company says the new model is the result of “many” years’ work, “dozens” of prototypes and “more than” 6 000 hours of development and laboratory testing. 

To meet the challenge of an “ultra-flat” watch, the movement — Richard Mille’s Calibre RMUP-01 — has superimposed gears and hands. “We were determined to retain a traditional architecture in which the movement is assembled within the case,” said the firm. Housed within a grade 5 titanium case, the movement measures a mere 1.18 mm thick. The unit provides a power reserve of “circa” 45 hours. 

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