Richard Mille RM033 Extra Flat Automatic Watch
This ultra-thin, time-only watch turned one writer and collector into a devoted Richard Mille fan after just a few days of wearing it. Replica Richard Mille RM 033 Extra Flat
The Richard Mille RM 033, a rare, ultra-thin, time-only watch, has been flying under the radar since its launch in 2011. Over the course of a week, I had the pleasure of wearing it. . Before I share my impressions (most importantly: I love this watch), let me first give you a little background on how I discovered the Richard Mille brand and why I’m a huge fan.
In 2002, I was flipping through a watch magazine when an unusual advertisement caught my attention. The title is "A racing machine for your wrist." This is an advertisement for Richard Mille's first watch, the RM 001 Tourbillon. With its fully exposed three-dimensional movement and curvaceous tonneau-shaped case, it's unlike any other watch I've seen before. When I saw the aesthetic inspiration behind the movement and case design (the structure inside the engine of a Ferrari Formula 1 car), I knew I was looking for something revolutionary.
I would soon discover that the RM 001 was made to Richard Mille's specifications by Audemars Piguet's Renaud et Papi department, combining the highest levels of watchmaking craftsmanship, traditional handcrafted decoration and finishing, and Richard Mille's know-how. New material, titanium, in one motion. It delivers stunning style and the highest level of substance. It was an immediate success. high quality watches replica
Driven by the focused vision of “high performance without compromise,” the development of the brand’s watches is based on seven technical principles, including superior ergonomics, modular construction and built-in shock absorption, to name just three. Richard Mille has almost magically synthesized the architecture of a Formula 1 racing car and a luxury yacht into a watch designed to be worn in the most extreme conditions.
As a result, Richard Mille single-handedly broke the concept that luxury watches must be heavy and created the concept of luxury "light". Similar to design concepts used in motorsport and cycling, Mille's focus on lightness increases shock resistance, allowing for optimal timing in stressful environments.
This approach is not superficial. Almost all brands advise against wearing any mechanical watch, let alone a complex tourbillon, when playing sports (especially tennis and golf). Not Richard Mille. We've seen them on the wrists of Rafael Nadal and Bubba Watson, both wearing them while competing in world-class tennis and golf tournaments. Felipe Massa survived a spectacular Formula 1 accident during the 2004 Canadian Grand Prix wearing the RM 006 Tourbillon watch. Massa experienced one of its highest decelerations ever, and RM 006 also survived, continuing to maintain accurate time after the accident. It's really great. Replica Patek Philippe Grand Complications
Richard Mille is widely credited with revolutionizing modern watchmaking and defining its future through his unwavering determination to continually push the boundaries of state-of-the-art technology. Therefore, since its founding in 2001, this young brand has achieved impressive achievements in the world of haute horlogerie, including:
- A unique watch designed in collaboration with Philippe Starck that achieved a world record of €320,000 at auction in 2005.
- Created the world's lightest mechanical men's watch (RM 009) in 2005, weighing only 28 grams without a strap, and then significantly surpassed this record in 2010 with the RM 027, which weighed as much as 1,000 pounds with a strap Less than 20 grams!
- The RM 012 won the 2007 "Aiguille d'Or" (Golden Hand), the highest honor at the prestigious annual watchmaking competition.
The changing shape of the collection From 2001 to 2006, Richard Mille’s watches all featured its signature tonneau-shaped case. In 2007, the RM 016 was introduced in a new curved rectangular case. Two years later, a third case shape was introduced, along with two extraordinary dive watches: the RM 025 chronograph and the RM 028 dive watch. The result of five years of research and development by Richard Mille, they are Richard Mille's first round watch and the brand's first true diver's watch, water-resistant to a depth of Both are 300 meters. Each watch features a sophisticated bezel system secured to the case with 24 spline screws. Both were muscular and large, but not very flexible in the way they were dressed. For example, the RM 025 has a diameter of 50.7 mm and a thickness of 19.2 mm. While they're certainly not designed to be dress watches, they won't even fit under the cuffs of a dress shirt without ruining the seams. replica watches for men
RM 033 Last year, Richard Mille launched a more practical and versatile round watch-Extra Flat RM 033. It’s their thinnest watch ever, with a case diameter of 45.7mm and a thickness of just 6.3mm, which is nearly 2mm thinner than Mille’s second thinnest watch. Watch, RM 016. Frankly, before trying the RM 033 on, I was convinced that it was too big and looked funny on my wrist. I'm happiest with watches around 38mm in diameter and think the Audemars Piguet Offshore at 42.5mm is as close to my limit as I can get.
To my surprise, my initial concerns about size completely disappeared. This watch fits my 6.75 inch wrist perfectly. A consistent design feature of Richard Mille cases is their sensual and wrist-friendly curvature. On the RM 033, the curvature of the case back and the back of the lugs is very eye-catching, and this is the feature that impressed me most about the case. It's clearly designed to comfortably fit as many wrist sizes as possible, and, sure enough, it worked much better on my wrist than I expected. It comes on a soft, well-made rubber strap secured by a spring-loaded folding clasp—one of the best clasps in haute horlogerie, in fact. Combined with an ultra-light titanium case and movement, the RM 033 is always a pleasure to wear.
The massive titanium lugs are secured to the case with eight highly polished titanium spline screws. According to Richard Mille, the modular lugs can be easily replaced if damaged. A total of eight highly polished spline screws are visible on the bezel. Combined with eight additional screws on the case back, they secure the three-part case and provide better torque control than traditional screws (according to Richard Mille). Splined screws are used throughout the case and movement, while securing the strap to the case and the bridges to the base plate. The highly polished screws capture and reflect light like small mirrors, giving the watch an expensive character that is evident from a distance. replica watches luxury
The top of the bezel, the case back and the middle of the case are all finely vertically brushed, decorating almost every surface. The outer perimeter of the bezel, case back and lug edges are hand-chamfered and mirror-polished to the highest quality.
One thing that does bother me is the sharp edges found on the narrow underside of the bezel and the top of the case back, both of which extend beyond the middle of the case. I was expecting some nice beveled edges on these surfaces too, especially considering the high retail price of RM 033. Other than that, the finish on all other surfaces is excellent in my opinion.
The sapphire crystal dial has a large slanted oval opening in the center, surrounded by stylized translucent Roman numerals. At first, I didn't like the offset oval shape, but over time I grew to like it more and more. I still don't like it, but survey other people, especially women, and I'm in the minority. The dial is coated with an anti-reflective treatment to reduce reflections, as is the sapphire crystal and the top and bottom of the case back. As a result, you can clearly appreciate the F1-inspired movement architecture at all times while wearing the watch.
The RM 033 is a simple watch that only displays the hours and minutes, with beautiful white gold hands. They have a flat princess shape, each coated with two staggered trapezoidal areas of luminous material. The top surface is brushed, while the outer edge is sharply beveled and mirror-polished on all sides, allowing incoming light to glow brilliantly. When light hits them at the right angle, they look like mini lightsabers - an effect I love observing often. replica Breitling watches
RMXP1 movement The RM 033’s ultra-thin case is enabled by the Richard Mille RMXP1 movement, a 2.6 mm thick self-winding movement with a platinum micro-rotor. The movement is one of the thinnest in the world and was manufactured by Vaucher for Richard Mille. Vaucher, formerly part of the Parmigiani Fleurier brand, is now an independent manufacturer of high-end movements for many luxury brands. As with all movements made for Richard Mille, the base movement was completely reworked to fit Mille's vision and design specifications. The only thing left in the basic movement is the gear train and escapement. Speaking of the escapement, I'm pleased to see the use of a high-quality, variable-inertia free-spring balance rather than a regulator-based escapement like Mille's other Vaucher-based movements. Snap-free hairspring escapements are more expensive to implement but generally allow for better timekeeping accuracy. marvelous!
The solid platinum rotor winds the mainspring in both directions – whichever way it spins, the rotor winds the mainspring. Beautifully made and fun to replica swiss watches, one big annoyance is the sound. You can hear it spinning as you move your wrist throughout the day, and it sounds pretty cheap, like the tinny metallic sound of a Valjoux 7750 chronograph rotor.