Richard Mille made its first slim and circular watch back in 2011, the original RM 033.
Now Julien Boillat, technical director for the brand, has revived the architecture in a follow-up watch, the RM 33-02.
Although round, the watch aims to combine the curves of Richard Mille’s familiar tonneau shape case with a circular, sportier, dial.
“The RM 033 is a watch for everyday and any day,” says Mr Boillat; a stretch of the imagination for most given the piece costs $145,000.
“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,” he adds.
The RM 33-02 is powered by a 2.6mm thick skeletonized RMXP1 caliber in grade-5 titanium wound by an off-centre monoblock platinum bi-directional rotor.
The case, bezel and dial use a combination of gold and Carbon TPT, making the watch light, tough and luxurious.
It is being made in a limited run of 140 pieces.