As it has been announced, Richard Mille will be unveiling its new skeletonized RM 33-01 model at the next edition of the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie. The novel watch is based on a previous ultra-thin model made almost four years ago. Unlike the simpler, but also slimmer predecessor, the new watch includes small seconds and a date display. It is made with a round housing and a proprietary automatic movement made of titanium which features all the usual high-tech traits and demanding decorations that are typical for the Les Breuleux based watchmaker. The slim watch with exposed movement will be available in three different materials and will be available for sale in June.
RM 33-01 stems from the brand’s collection that is based on skeletonized watches with slim profiles. The first watch from the series came some time ago, in 2011. It was made with an extremely slim profile of just 6.3 mm, but it lacked any additional complications. The new model is somewhat more practical since it is made with a date display which is signified by an aperture placed at the seven o clock position. Additionally, there is also a small seconds counter right by the date aperture at the very bottom of the open-worked dial which includes Arabic numerals. By the way, the calendar indication looks pretty cool, since its disc with numerals is entirely open-worked and visible on the face. Due to the addition of the complications, the watch features a bit thicker profile of 9.2mm which is still pretty thin.
A Lavishly Finished and Exposed Titanium Movement
The main trait that makes its caliber RMXP3 flatter and ultimately the watch itself is the presence of an off-centered micro-rotor made of platinum. It is made of this material because of its higher density which leads to raised mass. This is significant since that allows increased efficiency for winding of its power reserve which lasts for 42 hours. Its frequency is 21,600 vph. In the customary practice of the high-tech oriented brand, its movement is made with grade 5 titanium and it is lavishly decorated and visible from both sides of the case. Some of the brand’s common demanding finishes and traits are also present here: wet sandblasting, micro-blasting, electro-plasma treatment, satin-finish, burnished pivots, rhodium plated wheels, as well as hand-performed anglage.
As it has been mentioned, the circular case of the newcomer has a flat profile of under 10 mm. Its diameter is not so small and measures to 45.7 mm. However, the designers ensured that the watch is exceptionally comfortable to wear since its rear sapphire crystal is slated in order to follow the lines of a wrist. The housing which is held in place with the means of 14 titanium screws consists of three major segments. These are: a fixed bezel, a case band and a case-back. There are three options for the material of the housing: 18 K red gold, 18 K white gold and platinum.
Regardless of the choice, the middle segment of the case is in all three cases made of grade 5 titanium. The housing is likewise made with handsome decorations which in this instance include sandblasting supplied with minor elements that are hand-beveled or mirror-polished. Its supported water resistance is 30 meters.
The attachment that comes with the newcomer is made of rubber and it fastens with a folding clasp made of titanium. Richard Mille RM 33-01 will initially be presented to the public during the first major horological event of the year which opens in Geneva on January 19. At about the same time, the watchmaker will release the price of its latest flat-profiled model. It is expected that the newcomer will not hit the shops until the next June.