Richard Mille launches world thinnest RM UP-01 Ferrari timepiece in inimitable Italian style

With a thickness of just 1.75mm, the ultra-flat watch combines innovation with performance, strength and aesthetics.

The movement weighs just 2.82g while the watch is less than 30g, including the strap (All photos: Richard Mille)

Flat is generally a bad word when mentioned alongside cars and racing. But Ferrari’s recent collaboration with Richard Mille was all about taking up the ultra flat challenge. Richard Mille himself debuted the much-anticipated RM UP-01 Ferrari in Maranello, Italy, last night, in the company of Ferrari CEO Benedetto Vigna.

Over a grand dinner in a marquee right by the legendary 50-year-old Pista di Fiorano race track, 140 guests — who flew in from all over the world — were the first to get up close with Richard Mille’s latest mechanical marvel. The RM UP-01 Ferrari is not only ultra flat (it is just 1.75mm thick) but also ultra light. The movement weighs just 2.82g while the watch is less than 30g, including the strap. 


In collaboration with Audemars Piguet Le Locle, Richard Mille developed a new type of escapement with a balance wheel in titanium that drastically reduces the calibre’s thickness

Performance-wise, it is no lightweight. Powered by the Calibre RM UP-01, it offers 45-hour power reserve, is water-resistant up to 10m and can withstand shocks of 5,000g. Development time for the RM UP-01 Ferrari took close to 6,000 hours for both case and movement, and it mirrors perfectly the parallels between the two houses as both share an obsession with exclusivity, very high-end technical production, independence, craftsmanship and a dedicated following.

Limited to 150 pieces, the watch is priced at CHF1.7 million. 


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