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Richard Mille and Ferrari Create the World’s Thinnest Mechanical Watch
Photo: Richard Mille

In March, when Bvlgari announced that it had broken the world record for the thinnest mechanical watch (beating Piaget and its Altiplano Ultimate Concept), it was hard to imagine anything that could surpass the Octo Finissimo Ultra’s 1.8-mm thickness. Much less just three months later.

However, Richard Mille did it with the help of Ferrari, its newest partner. The first watch to come out of this partnership is the RM UP-01 Ferrari and it is mind-bogglingly skinny at 1.75mm. Its sideways-tonneau shape, titanium build and dashboard-like face set it apart from its ultra-thin peers in that it looks much less like a watch than the others. The time is displayed in a centre subdial in the top half of the watch face, while a view of the balance can be seen on its right. Both are protected by sapphire crystals.

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