The newest additions to Richard Mille’s Extra Flat collection are as thrilling as a spin around the track with a Formula One driver
Don’t be misled by the title—they may be “flat” but there is nothing dull about these stunning new timepieces from Richard Mille. As the name suggests, the Extra Flat collection is even more streamlined and aesthetically appealing than before, featuring the impressive cutting-edge technology for which the brand is renowned.
As well as elaborate bridge work and a predilection for exposing as much of the movement as possible, the luxury Swiss watchmaker also uses case and baseplate materials that can be found in Formula One cars, aerospace technology and racing yachts. Watchmaking is seldom more thrilling—indeed, Richard Mille’s watches have earned headlines such as “A Racing Machine on the Wrist.”
This zeal for innovation has seen the Swiss watchmaker create a number of important and iconic designs over almost two decades in the industry. Among those in the original Flat collection is the RM 016, which was introduced in 2007 and became known for its distinctive character. With the same attention to detail and technical execution as its predecessors, it ushered in a new phase in the brand’s history.
One of the most fascinating aspects of its design is that the manufacture and assembly of three sections of the case involves a staggering 202 separate operations. It was followed in 2009 by the RM 016 Titalyt, which saw the watchmaker break new ground. The grade-five titanium casing is treated in a process using electro-galvanic oxidation, which toughens the surface to resist scratches and even corrosion.
The evolution of the range continues with the new RM0 16 Extra Flat Automatic, which has a rectangular case and an identity of its own. The shape and discreet lines (the thinnest yet at 8.25mm) make it stand out from the existing collection, but it retains that covetable wrist-fitting curvature—some call it sensuous—that Richard Mille collectors have come to expect.
What’s more, the watch’s design allows the