Extra Flat With Visual Depth
One of the most well-known and recognisable Richard Mille watches is the minimalist RM-010 Automatic. In the quest to deliver an ultra-slim version while maintaining an impression of visual depth, Richard Mille has developed a new automatic movement just 3.6mm thick, using extreme skeletonisation to carry the eye from the bezel down into the movement. The interplay of different levels in the RM 67-01 Automatic Extra Flat is highlighted by the Luminova-coated metal hour markers, which are mounted on a pair of titanium rails fixed directly to the movement. The eyes are gently pulled in towards the central well in which the hour and minute hands are anchored. The refined dimensions of the iconic tonneau-shaped case demand extreme measures in terms of machining: each case requires more than 215 separate machining operations.
Source: Europa Star December/January 2016 Magazine Issue