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Gear The World’s Thinnest Mechanical Watch Will Cost You an Arm, a Leg, and $1.8 MillionOn the upside, the Richard Mille-Ferrari collaboration — the RM UP-01 watch — will absolutely make your wrist look incredibly attractive.

It took a handful of years, a dozen or so prototypes, and a mere 6,000 hours to bring the RM UP-01 Ferrari — aka the world’s thinnest mechanical watch — to life. (Fun fact: UP stands for Ultra Plat, which is French for “ultra flat.”)

The ultra-flat — and ultra-expensive — timepiece is a collaboration between the acclaimed Italian luxury sports car manufacturers and the watch innovators at Richard Mille, an upscale Swiss brand launched in 2001.

How flat is “ultra flat?” A mere 1.75 millimeters thick (aka .07 inches). The core material is grade 5 titanium, which is often used by aerospace and automotive companies for its biocompatibility, resistance to corrosion, and light weight; the casebook and bezel are finished with satin and polished bezels and 45 hours of power reserve.

Only 150 of the RM UP-01 Ferrari watches will be sold and will cost $1.8 million each. Put another way, this watch will cost more than triple the 2023 Ferrari 296 GTS — a hybrid V6 supercar that goes for $318,000.

We know, decisions, decisions…

SPECS Richard Mille RM UP-01 Ferrari

  • Thickness 1,18 mm
  • Jewels 23
  • Balance in Grade 5 titanium 3 arms, 6 setting weights
  • Moment of Inertia 3 mg•cm angle of lift 54°
  • Frequency 28’800 vph (4 Hz)
  • Balance Spring AK 3
  • Shock Protection Kif

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