RICHARD MILLE RM UP-01: The thinnest mechanical watch

Adding a new dimension to the enduring challenge of ultra-thinness among major Haute Horlogerie brands, Richard Mille has just set a new world record in the thinnest mechanical watch category with his new RM UP-01 Ferrari.

At just 1.75mm thick, the Richard Mille RM UP-01 surpasses the thinness record set earlier this year by the Bulgari Octo Finissimo Ultra (1.80mm). Combining the most modern design with performance, aesthetics and robustness, this new ultra-thin watch was developed in collaboration with the renowned Italian car brand Ferrari.

The RM UP-01 Ferrari is the culmination of years of work and over 6,000 hours of development and laboratory testing. This ultra-thin watch is equipped with a sturdy hand-wound mechanical movement that can withstand accelerations of over 5,000 grams.

The Richard Mille RM UP-01 Ferrari has a monolithic case made of grade 5 titanium. Its case back and bezel are satin-finished with polished bevels. The ultra-thin case is secured with 13 grade 5 titanium spline screws and 316L stainless steel wear-resistant washers, and is water-resistant to 10 meters.

This watch features a distinctive face (bezel) design. It displays the hours and minutes on the upper sub-dial. This sub-dial is topped with sapphire crystal glass. On the upper right of the dial is the balance wheel dial, protected by sapphire crystal.

On the top left you will find an integrated function selector with two positions: W (winding) and H (manual setting). The rotating crown between 7 o’clock and 8 o’clock provides two functions: manual winding movement and time setting. Both crowns are protected with black ceramic inserts to ensure water resistance and eliminate friction.

This perfect replica watches features a patented ultra-flat escapement jointly developed by Audemars Piguet and Richard Mille. This new escapement with a titanium balance wheel significantly reduces the thickness of the movement while offering the same safety as a traditional Swiss anchor escapement. The new patented ultra-flat escapement eliminates components such as guard pins and safety rollers to keep the movement thin.

The hand-wound mechanical movement with hours, minutes and function selectors has a power reserve of 45 hours.

Its baseplates and bridges are made of grade 5 titanium, a biocompatible, highly corrosion-resistant and strong alloy. The hollow base plate undergoes individual and extensive verification testing to ensure that it meets stringent optimum strength requirements.

For this watch, Richard Mille has provided an ultra-thin interpretation of its signature tonneau shape. The grade 5 titanium case is just 1.75mm thick, and the beating movement inside is 1.18mm thick.

The 23-jewel hand-wound extra-flat movement measures 41.45mm long and 28.85mm wide. It is balanced at 28’800 vph (4 Hz).

All titanium case components of this ultra-thin timepiece are machined by the Richard Mille movement department to meet the extremely tight machining tolerances of a single micron. The Ferrari Prancing Horse logo and all references on the case are laser engraved.

The Richard Mille RM UP-01 watch is a limited edition. It only weighs 30 grams including the strap.

Greubel Forsey Introduces Tourbillon 24-Second Architecture


Greubel Forsey‘s brand style is often modern in design but traditional in decoration and construction, an approach that is best seen on watches with skeletonized movements on their dials. Now, the brand has reimagined its often classic movement aesthetics and combined it with a sleek, sharp case to create the Tourbillon 24-Second Architecture.

While the architecture is fundamentally an iteration of the brand’s fastest spinning and tilting tourbillon, it is powered by an all-new movement with diving bridges and satisfyingly sharp lines. Housed in a sleek titanium case with an integrated strap, the new movement is undoubtedly inspired by its best-selling sports watch.

initial thought
When I first saw pictures of the perfect watches, my instinct was that it lives up to its name – it’s impressive and very architectural. I love the complicated form in the movement, which creates a great depth, while also being slightly organic thanks to the curved polished bridges. The details of the streamlined case are impressive, especially the sides and edges.

In fact, the architecture is a huge step forward from its predecessors in terms of architecture, no pun intended, how it creates a more contemporary aesthetic for the movement, while retaining the iconic elements of Greubel Forsey, Such as the huge bridge used for the canon pinion. Hold the gem in your hand or jewelry.

An element of its successful architecture is the clever and generous use of geometry in the construction of the case and movement, which now rely on more forms and planes than before.

For example, not only is the case curved on the underside for a better fit, but the sides of the case also slope inward and upward, making the bezel narrower than the back of the case. This helps reduce the perceived size of the case, a useful feature for a brand known for oversized watches.

While the architecture may be the most modern Greubel Forsey to date, it still demonstrates the brand’s understanding of high-end classic watchmaking – but with a modern twist. The movement is chock-full of details like mirror-polished bridges, but they’re made of titanium instead of traditional steel.

Successfully seamlessly combining historical and contemporary watchmaking, the architecture distinguishes itself from its often completely classical counterparts, such as Voutilainen or Ferdinand Berthoud, or ultra-modern, such as fashion Richard Mille.

Perhaps because of its unique proposition, the architecture sells for around $500,000, a respectable sum but on par with comparable models from Greubel Forsey in the past. But the architecture is unique in both design and execution, making it a far more appealing proposition than the brand’s earlier offerings.

object of time
The building is an impressive object – its scale is practically almost a pocket watch – but the format and style of its execution is entirely 21st century.

One of its most modern elements is the case, which is essentially a tall sapphire ring sandwiched between the bezel and back, both of which are titanium. The sapphire ring means the wearer has a near-panoramic view of the movement, which is certainly fitting for a movement with such depth and detail.

Notably, the sapphire ring is drum-shaped with the sides sloping slightly inward towards the bezel. This makes the bezel about 2mm smaller than the case back, adding to the visual and technical complexity of the case.

As with the other 24-second tourbillon variants, one of the details worth investigating is the high-speed tourbillon inclined at 25 degrees. The barrel consists of three vertically stacked mainsprings with a running time of up to 90 hours, divided by three o’clock Sector indicator measurement of position.

But the highlight is of course the movement. The movement that forms the dial landscape does not use any large bridges or plates on the front. Instead, all moving parts are held in place by multiple bridges, giving the movement a highly technical and sophisticated look. Not only the number of bridges creates the appearance, but also the size of some of them.

Equally impressive is that all bridges are actually highly polished titanium, an alloy that is more challenging to mirror finish than steel. But Greubel Forsey goes a step further: some bridges, such as those of the barrel, are arched and rounded, a new boom for the brand.

The barrel and tourbillon are shown on the front, and the back is basically the bottom plate of the movement. The plate covers most of the back, although part of the gear train is exposed. While the plate is large, the details on the back are far from basic.

Finishing is impeccably executed as it is up front. The top of the plate is frosted, the bevel is mirror polished, and each jewel is set in a gold sleeve. One of its most refined features is the tourbillon’s lower bridge, which is brushed concentrically – and of course, all its edges are hand-chamfered.

Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24-Second Architecture

Diameter: 47.05mm (strap) and 45mm (bezel)
Height: 16.8 mm
Material: Titanium and Sapphire
Crystal: Sapphire
Water resistance: 50 m

Movement: Tourbillon 24-second mechanism
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, power reserve indicator and tourbillon
Frequency: 21,600 windings/hour (3 Hz)
: Manual winding
Power reserve: 90 hours

Strap: Rubber strap, titanium folding clasp

Richard Mille

The Master of Modern Watchmaking – the namesake brand embodies Richard Mille’s vision for 21st century watchmaking: an avant-garde luxury watch that symbolises a subversion of the past.

A Brief History of Richard Mille
Born in Draguignan, France in 1951, Richard Mille luxury studied marketing and entered watchmaking almost by accident. Richard Mille was the export manager of the French watchmaking company Finhor before being promoted to director of numerous watchmaking brands following the Matra Group’s acquisition of Finhor.

In 1990, he became CEO of Mauboussin’s watchmaking department and headed the jewelry department. He was deeply involved in the design process, and his insight into design combined with a love of mechanics gave rise to the idea of ​​the Richard Mille watch as we know it today.

“I want to make the watch of my dreams, I can’t find it anywhere” – Richard Miller

With technological innovation, art and a culture of fine watchmaking, Richard Mille became a dominant player in modern watchmaking, regarded by many as the ultimate expression of wealth.

From the very beginning, Richard Mille’s plan was to create a Formula 1 car in the world of watchmaking, with no regard for production costs, focusing on the use of modern production techniques and high-tech materials for maximum performance. Extremely avant-garde and technically powerful, Richard Mille transforms advanced technology and futuristic materials into pure design and extraordinary creativity while fusing traditional watchmaking craftsmanship.

Marking a break in watchmaking history, Richard Mille revolutionized the world of luxury watches, replicating the way automotive engineers build Formula 1 cars, taking design, material use, components and function into account, and delivering them with flawless finish. Execution.

In 2001, the watch industry saw the first Richard Mille RM 001 at Baselworld in 2001, with the support of renowned Swiss movement manufacturers including Audemars Piguet Renaud et Papi. A limited release, the RM 001 has firmly established itself as one of the most iconic and unique timepieces in the world.

In 2007, Richard Mille became a member of the Haute Horlogerie Foundation and has since received the most coveted accolade in the horological world, the Golden Eagle.

Richard Mille himself is an example of the lifestyle his eponymous brand has influenced, regularly appearing in sports cars and rowing races, travelling the world in private jets and hanging out with A-listers.

To date, Richard Mille has worked with many athletes and celebrities, involving them in the design process to create extraordinary timepieces that can perform under extreme conditions and critical stress tests. Tourbillon escapements in traditional watchmaking are notoriously fragile, and Richard Mille proved this theory wrong with his RM036 “G-Sensor Tourbillon”, which can withstand the damage to most tourbillon-based movements various forces. Richard Mille watches are known to be resistant to shocks up to 5000G and durable enough to be worn in extreme sports like tennis, golf, track and field and skiing. Richard Mille redefines the traditional view of high-end watch collecting and encourages his elite clients to wear Richard Mille watches for all occasions rather than keeping them in a safe.

Facts about Richard Mille
The size and shape of any Richard Mille watch is instantly recognizable, even from a distance. Often composed of three layers, Richard Mille’s iconic sandwich tonneau case is one of the most expensive and difficult to manufacture. The three curved decks had to be machined together with extreme precision to keep moisture or dust out. fake Richard Mille Rafael Nadal

Richard Mille is no stranger to using high-tech materials commonly used in Formula 1 and aerospace in watches. Richard Mille invests millions of dollars in research and development of materials such as carbon nanotubes, toughened ceramics, NTPT® carbon, silicon nitride, and gold fused with carbon and quartz. Another famous Richard Mille case material is the full sapphire crystal case, which requires an absolutely insane 1500 hours of sapphire machining on a single watch.

To create horological innovations for the 21st century, Richard Mille has redeveloped new watch movements that are different from their traditional Geneva counterparts. Richard Mille movement parts are often a mix of titanium and other materials, and Richard Mille’s professional team of watchmakers and micro-engineers have spent years perfecting and innovating.

popular Richard Mille models

Launched in 2007, the RM 11 is the most recognizable and classic watch in the Richard Mille collection. The classic Tonneau case features a unique and striking design with 20 grade 5 titanium spline screws. Each case typically involves 202 individual machining operations.

Launched in 2014, the RM 61, nicknamed “Baby Blake”, is the result of a collaboration with world champion Yohan Blake. The Richard Mille RM 61-01 is only available in limited parts and is shock tested to withstand shocks in excess of 5,000Gs.

The 50.24mm x 42.7mm case is made of TZP black ceramic with an NTPT carbon case strap. Two “claw marks” high-tech bridges reveal the RMUL2 movement through a skeletonized “dial”.

Lightness and durability are the main principles guiding Richard Mille’s watches for Rafael Nadal. Nicknamed “Baby Nadal”, the RM 35-02 was the sixth watch created for Rafael Nadal in 2016, followed by the RM27-03 the following year. The RM35-02 has a case length of 49.94mm, a thickness of 13.15mm and a width of 44.50mm. The titanium RMAL1 movement is supported by 4 peripheral V-bridges that accentuate the integrated moving elements.