World's thinnest watch by Richard Mille

Jul 07, 2022,13:42 PM

In the news today at Daily Mail UK is a new watch as below. 1.75mm thick, hand-wound but needs a star-ended tool to wind and set the time.  PR 48 hours.  Titanium alloy.  I cannot see a crystal, so wonder about protection and WR!  LE of 150, price £1.6mn!

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For some freak record sake it may have logic, otherwise an absurd product.

 By: Pun : July 7th, 2022-13:53
I can't see a proper time piece in it. I may have very limited exposure in such matters if I missed something that justifies more than 7 figures price tag..

Agreed, it is not a 'fully self-contained' timepiece. External key is a bit of cheating, plus who wants to carry a key?

 By: enjoythemusic : July 7th, 2022-15:18
Still, technically interesting but they sure spread out the mechanism, whereas Bvlgari and Piaget kept it 'normal'. I do admire RM for sponsoring many auto racing events.


 By: InHavenPro : July 7th, 2022-16:20


 By: aris d : July 7th, 2022-14:56

In total agreement here.

 By: InHavenPro : July 7th, 2022-16:20

Undoubtedly cool-looking...

 By: mdg : July 7th, 2022-14:30
...though I don't like co-branding on watches. Mille will never be to my taste, however, no matter how much money I have...

Agreed. The Ferrari logo actually kills it...

 By: patrick_y : July 7th, 2022-20:14
Then again... My opinion isn't particularly valid. Since I'm not planning to spend a million dollars on it. And here's the other thing. It's $1.8M and they plan to make 150 of them over only a couple of years? 270 million in revenue!!! That's how RM gets ... 

I don't get this brand at all...

 By: mdg : July 7th, 2022-22:52
...I respect that they can make a lot of money selling a legal product, but to me it's all hype. But then again, I am not a 'look at me' kind of guy.

Yes! We're not the target demographic...

 By: patrick_y : July 7th, 2022-22:57
Maybe we just aren't supposed to understand what's going on!

They could have done so much more imaginative....

 By: InHavenPro : July 8th, 2022-05:59
things around the prancing horse logo, especially given the surface area of the dial! They could have cut an opening through the dial in the shape of the prancing horse, and had the time display suspended in the center of it etc........


 By: patrick_y : July 8th, 2022-06:02
Architecturally, that part of the watch has very little going on. Some gear train and/or barrel that isn't interesting, nor is it able to put on a display. So they had to put something on the case/dial to keep the case/dial looking balanced. Thus, putting... 


 By: patrick_y : July 14th, 2022-16:47
I doubt they'll find 150 crazy people to buy it. But who knows...

Well said!

 By: patrick_y : July 14th, 2022-16:46

I'm sorry but this to me although technically difficult is a big failure..

 By: jp884 : July 7th, 2022-15:17
it looks so ugly, like something I would expect to get out of a cracker jack box. And if you have to carry a key to wind and set the time, what's the point? And at over a $1m I almost spit out my coffee in disbelief. Just my humble two cents.

No comparison, the Bvlgari looks indeed stunning

 By: Geo : July 7th, 2022-16:36
The RM is a remarkable technical achievement, but I would never wear it.

Agreed. I'd just wear a normal Bulgari Octo Finissimo.

 By: patrick_y : July 7th, 2022-16:38
At 12,000 Euros, it's a good deal!


 By: InHavenPro : July 7th, 2022-16:24
the technicality of it is impressive, but the design itself, as mentioned above, thoroughly absurd. I genuinely see nothing aesthetically sensible and appealing here. Even the prancing horse logo is integrated in a rather dumb manner. I'm still confident ... 

150 pieces at 1.7 million… so in fact …

 By: Bruno.M1 : July 7th, 2022-16:57
As usual 149 will be given away to famous basketball players, F1 drivers, rappers, soccer players…. And again they’ll find 1 moron that will pay full price…. So all costs covered to make these 150 😂😂

wouldnt take one for free

 By: MSB : July 7th, 2022-17:10
Have 0 interest in a watch like this while technically an achievement a useless exercise in ugliness. If this were the only mechanical watch I owned , I would not even wear it. MSB

They should just give them away to the Ferrari clients, like Panerai was doing back in the day.

 By: jp884 : July 7th, 2022-18:51
Then the clients can then gift them away from there.


 By: Miranda : July 7th, 2022-22:04

From Haute Time:

 By: Gregineugene : July 7th, 2022-22:38
"...with two sapphire crystals — one over the time indicators and the other positioned over the regulator." Still...I can't get excited about a watch that's thinner than it's bracelet...but at nearly $1.9M it's not like I'm in the queue...

Not a flattering photo...

 By: jmpTT : July 8th, 2022-00:58
The price was practically chosen to be a talking point and the watch doesn't grab me as particularly desirable. However, it is an ultra-ultra-thin and as such I'd be fascinated to play around with it to a bit.

As others have already remarked

 By: mhz vph : July 8th, 2022-06:41
The key winding somewhat lessens the technical blow delivered by this watch. Not to mention the looks, and logos...