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  • Manufacturer: Richard Mille
    Year: Circa 2012
    Reference No: RM033 AL WG
    Movement No: 113'210
    Case No: 232
    Model Name: RM033 Automatic Extra Flat
    Material: 18K white gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. RMXP1, 29 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Rubber
    Clasp/Buckle: Titanium Richard Mille deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 45.7mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Richard Mille warranty stamped Richard Mille Boutique Hong Kong dated 4th October 2012, instruction manual, product literature, photographs, leather folder, fitted presentation box, and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The RM033 is an elegant non-conformist in the world of tonneau-shaped Richard Mille wristwatches. It is time-only and comes with a round extra flat tripartite case which measures only 6.3mm thick, retaining chiefly the curving case back which is one of the most important hallmarks of the Richard Mille design. Introduced in 2011, the RM033 has served as a loyal variant that promotes subtle elegance amidst the other louder Richard Mille sports models.

    Richard Mille has only exclusively produced watches with their signature tonneau-shaped case from 2001 to 2006, and in 2007 introduced a rectangular case. It was not until 2009 that they began launching diving wristwatches with round cases, namely the RM025 and RM028, which are much bulkier and thicker than the present RM033.

    The key to developing an ultra-thin wristwatch is to overcome the challenge of fitting a movement into a case with very limited space available. The design of the off-center platinum micro-rotor on the RM033 is distinctive characteristic of the RMXP1 calibre. It allows bi-directional movement and has the optimal weight for smooth and efficient winding and is the secret to the thinness of the movement, measuring at 2.6mm only. The movement of the RM033 also features a great shock protection system, and sturdy bridges, baseplate and balance cock made in grade 5 titanium with black PVD coating, a testimony to the fact that the Extra Flat needs not to compromise efficiency with its thinness.

    The attractive skeletonized dial and transparent case back of this RM033 means that the wearer can admire the beautiful movement in close, inside the 18K white gold case (also available in 18K pink gold or platinum), and beneath the Arabic numeral dial (also available with Roman numeral) and luminous hour markers and hands. It is presented in excellent condition and accompanied by full set of accessories and comes with a chic orange rubber strap.

  • Artist Biography

    Richard Mille

    Swiss • 1999

    Established in 1999, Richard Mille's ultra-modern timepieces combine cutting-edge materials from high performance worlds such as Formula 1 racecars with high-end traditional watchmaking. The brand's revolutionary designs, technical breakthroughs and exceptional hand-finishing excite even the most discriminating collectors, and have positioned Richard Mille alongside the top makers of the modern luxury watch world.

    Innovative watches, such as the RM 027 Tourbillon, which was the world’s lightest mechanical watch when introduced in 2011, have helped the brand invert the concept of the luxury watch. Key models include the RM 009 Tourbillon cased in Aluminum Silicon Carbide (AlSiC), the RM 027-02 Tourbillon made for tennis star Rafael Nadal with a case made from quartz and carbon fiber and the RM 008 split seconds chronograph.

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Ref. RM033 AL WG
A fine and attractive white gold skeletonized wristwatch with warranty and presentation box

Circa 2012
45.7mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

HK$280,000 - 500,000 

Sold for HK$482,600

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Thomas Perazzi
Deputy Chairman, Watches, Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2001

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XVII

Hong Kong Auction 24-25 November 2023