Today, Richard Mille announced a new timepiece based on the original ultra-thin round RM 033 that was introduced in 2011. The RM 33-02 Automatic comes in a newly designed case that’s made with Carbon TPT® and red gold.
The RM 33-02 case measures 41.70 mm x 8.80 mm compared to 45.70 mm x 6.3 mm for the original model. It’s gotten thicker but 8.80 mm is still relatively thin and the smaller diameter is much more in line with current tastes.
Powering the functions is automatic caliber RMXP1 which is a skeletonized movement manufactured in grade-5 titanium with 29 jewels and a variable-inertia balance oscillating at 3 Hz (33 mm x 2.60 mm). An off-center monobloc platinum micro-rotor winds the mainspring up to 45-hours.
Perhaps the coolest design feature – unlike the RM 033 from 2011 which uses a sapphire dial with Roman numerals printed on it – is that the 2019 RM 33-02 has applied red gold Arabic numerals, and they’re attached directly to the movement via thin titanium rails.
The RM 33-02 Automatic is limited to 140 timepieces. Retail is $145,000.
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