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Sporting elegance with the Richard Mille RM 33-02
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Sporting elegance with the Richard Mille RM 33-02

Wednesday, 08 January 2020
By The FHH Journal editors
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Richard Mille returns to the RM 033, introduced in 2011, with a 140-piece limited edition of this ultra-thin round watch with automatic winding, in the brand’s signature Carbon TPT®.

The taut lines of the case combine the curves of a tonneau shape and the elegance of a round form with a subtle allusion to sporty style in the design of the hollows. This first round Carbon TPT® automatic watch exhibits a Carbon TPT® bezel and caseback alongside a satin-finished red gold caseband. The design of the strap prolongs that of the two indentations positioned unusually at 6 and 12 o’clock in a highly original way. These new vanishing lines also contribute to the dynamics of this already extremely bold case.

RM 33-02 Automatic © Richard Mille
RM 33-02 Automatic © Richard Mille

The sporty, 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 offcentre platinum micro-rotor that considerably reduces the movement’s total thickness to 2,60mm. Yet this thinness in no way inhibits the architectural expression intrinsic to the brand. The wet sandblasted and Titalyt®-treated baseplate, the microblasted, stretched and satin-finished surfaces, and the anglage—all produced entirely by hand—accentuate volumes by playing with shadow and light thanks to the highly graphic skeletonisation. The exterior elements and hour-markers further add to this complex sense of depth and power. In 5N gold hour-markers on two rigid titanium rails fixed between the flange and the movement. The dial, which spans the entire calibre, accentuates the volumes while the typography of the oversized numerals adds a dynamic element to the watch’s easy readability.

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