Ultra flat

Hej what do you think about the ultra-flat Richard Mille RM UP-01 Ferrari. It is 1,75 millimetres thick. RM ude 6,000 hours of development and laboratory testing. Is it waste of time or what?

https://www.richardmille.com/collections/rm-up-01-manual-winding-ultraflat-ferrari
 

a YouTube video where you can see it in real life

https://youtu.be/xx2xX45yXus

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I mean record setters are always cool, but at what point do they not matter? Or are there lessons being learned or techniques developed that can be applied to more accessible options for the 99.9% of us that will never handle one, let alone own one?

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I don‘t mind RM in the slightest, and I’ve been enjoying the Piaget/Bvlgari running battle for the thinnest watches. This kind of came out of leftfield, and fair play, but it seems to have very little “watch” to look at and is effectively a steel plate with a huge Ferrari logo, so it’s not pretty and I struggle to get as excited by it as I would the Octo or Altiplano. Honest opinion… I won’t let that take it away from the achievement, and I like some of the ideas they took in the development, but it’s just not grabbing me like other RMs, or the other record-breakers.

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It’s an amazing engineering accomplishment. I know their watches are well made by tradesmen with good materials. They don’t make many either. With all of this said, this unit along most RM’s, they’re just not my thing. This is not to slight anybody that has one or is a fan of them. I understand their appeal.

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I will be straightforward. It's ugly as f***. There is no reason for a watch to be that thin. It's the achievement for an achievement. Like most of Guiness book records for the biggest chewing gum balloon or the loudest burp.

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Some good threads where we already hit on this:

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I watched the video review. Truly an amazing piece of design and engineering. Also truly a ridiculous watch? That tiny black dial in the middle is the watch face? So you can wear this extreme device with its extreme capabilities and suffer extreme eye strain truing to decipher what the time actually is?

What is the point of it actually?

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Really cool!! Was impressed just long enough to make a comment. I'm over it now.

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1.75mm?!

nuts

but also very ugly

imo

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I think more than anything this raises the question when does a watch cease to be a watch. In theory this tells time and can be worn so by that definition it is a watch. On the other hand, it doesn't have a dial or a crown to wind and set the time conveniently, features I deem a necessity in a watch. 

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its a good achievement but dont really like the aesthetic of it. i like bvlgari or piaget ultiplano

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Agree with the majority of Crunchers, I can admire the achievement, but very little appeal to me. I own very thin (~6mm) Skagen and appreciate it and I’ve tried on a Citizen EcoDrive One (~3mm). These both are very thin, but feel sturdy and are useful watches. The Mille, though an automatic, weirdly disappoints - the Ferrari logo is as big as the watch face, winding and setting with a key feels like a step backwards and much of the face is just - blank. That said, ~1.75mm is crazy thin! The Bulgari Octo Finissimo Ultra (1.8mm) has a much more clever winding solution. But, I’m no fan of most of the face of my watch being devoted to a QR code though and if you already own 1/10 watches that exist, do you really need an NFT to help you feel exclusive? IMHO both have amazing technology let down by a boring and not very useful designs. So I’ll go ‘old school’ with a ‘regular’ Bulgari Finissimo back up at 5.5mm. $15k also seems like a steal compared to $0.5 - 3M for the other two. Of course, there’s the EcoDrive for ~$2.5K or the Skagen for a whopping $200. 

My not silly point, ultra-thin watches are not ever to be common wears, but rather fun dress watches for me. I can scratch that itch other ways!

I don’t lust after Ferraris, but do enjoy the heck out of my MiniCooper S!

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The notion that a watch can be too thin is silly. To delicate, yes.  But there are people that want watches to weigh there arm down, so it takes all kinds.

Beyond the very challenging aesthetics, laughable legibility, and dubious comfort (hey it'll be super thin! With a face area like a business card!) there is also the problem that the connection to both RM and Ferrari is more tenuous than obvious. I think I'm cribbing Farago on this but the man has a point.

https://thetruthaboutwatches.com/2022/10/the-worlds-thinnest-mechanical-watch-is-a-ferrari-wtf/

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At least it doesn't have an NFT on it

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Was this meant to be kept in a wallet along with other credit cards? I can see the inspiration 

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