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Richard Mille RM 67-01 Automatic Extra-Flat
There’s a fine art to finding a watch for the weekends. The requisite timepiece must be versatile, adaptable and equally comfortable when worn in a formal or casual context – no mean feat for a manufacture to master. Fortunately, Richard Mille has done just that. Sporty yet chic, the new RM 67-01 Automatic Extra Flat is a particularly beguiling watch, an evolution on the iconic RM 010 Automatic characterised by smooth, clean lines that exude subtle touches of formality, which of course frame Richard Mille’s signature graphic skeletonised watch face, all in a remarkable extra-flat construction. The case alone in its new form is a work of art, and represents the first time that Richard Mille has created a Tonneau shape case in extra-flat form. It’s a technically demanding design and adds 6 hours of machining time to the manufacturing process. It also requires 68 different stamping operations for the bezel, caseband and back bezel and in total, each case requires more than 215 different machining operations. And that’s even before one considers the extraordinary degree of work that goes into the watch’s face, automatic movement and finishing. Not a timepiece for the feint hearted, it represents everything that’s extraordinary about Richard Mille, and is perfectly suited to dressing your wrist the next time you decide that some stylish relaxing around town is required. www.richardmille.com.