Richard Mille has successfully merged two diametrically opposing characteristics of a sports watch and the elegance of a round-shaped timepiece. Overseen by Technical Director Julien Boillat, the Richard Mille watch exterior teams have successfully reinterpreted the collection’s first ultra-thin round watch: the RM 033, which was introduced in 2011.
“We believe that it is both essential and logical to pay the same care and attention to evolve our collections as to the original creation of our models. In embodying the brand’s intended vision of extreme versatility, the RM 033 is a watch for everyday and any day,” said Julien Boillat.
“We have reinterpreted its aesthetics without disservice to the original version by accentuating its lines. Meanwhile, the exterior decoration, case and dial have been reworked to project a sportier vibe; the RM 33-02 thus achieves a delicate synthesis of so-called ‘lifestyle’ style and sporty style.”
The sporty and round RM 33-02 timepiece is powered by the skeletonised RMXP1 calibre in grade-5 titanium. Regulated by a variable-inertia balance oscillating at 3Hz, this calibre is wound by an off-centre platinum micro-rotor that considerably reduces the movement’s total thickness to 2.60mm. And yet, this thinness in no way inhibits the architectural expression intrinsic to the brand.
The wet sandblasted and Titalyt®-treated baseplate, the micro-blasted, stretched and satin-finished surfaces, and the angle—all produced entirely by hand—accentuate volumes by playing with shadow and light thanks to the highly graphic skeletonisation.
The exterior elements and gold hour-markers on two rigid titanium rails, which is fixed between the flange and the movement further, add to this complex sense of depth and power. Spanning the entire calibre, the dial accentuates its volume while the typography of the oversized numerals adds a dynamic element to the watch’s easy readability. By juxtaposing soft gold with the strength of Carbon TPT® material, and by combining the graphic codes of the lifestyle and sports spheres for both males and females, Richard Mille clearly communicates a desire to combine allegedly contradictory worlds within a single watch.