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An ul­tra-thin watch is con­sid­ered an en­gi­neer­ing feat since the con­straints of space mean it’s ex­tremely dif­fi­cult to pro­duce. The Ex­tra Flat Au­to­matic RM 033 again proves Richard Mille’s supremacy in com­pli­cated watch­mak­ing by pack­ing beauty, strength and nu­ance into a slen­der time­piece. The watch fea­tures a tri­par­tite curved case, which is a mere 6.3mm high and con­tains a self-wind­ing move­ment only 2.6mm thick. The lat­ter is mostly made of grade 5 ti­ta­nium, with all parts sub­jected to sep­a­rate tests that en­sure op­ti­mal strength. Many de­tails form the sig­na­ture of this sim­ple and el­e­gant watch, such as the free sprung bal­ance with vari­able in­er­tia, a 42hour power re­serve, the ex­ten­sive use of spline screws through­out the move­ment, the rig­or­ous de­sign and ex­e­cu­tion of the case, and the ce­ramic crown with dou­ble seal O-rings. How­ever, what makes the RM 033 stand out is the cal­cu­lated de­sign in­flu­ence on ev­ery func­tional el­e­ment — from the sap­phire crys­tal case back to the skele­tonised base plate and mono-bloc mi­cro ro­tor. It’s avail­able in in ti­ta­nium, red gold and white gold.

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