Ferrari Unveils World's Thinnest Watch Priced At $2 Million

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The stunning timepiece is no thicker than a quarter.

This might just be the most expensive thing Ferrari makes. At least, it is on a price-to-size ratio. You'd actually get more for your money by going out and buying a Ferrari 296 GTB. But if you want a status symbol you can wear on your arm, you buy the Richard Mille UP-01. It costs an eye-watering $1,888,000 and is being billed as the thinnest watch in the world.

The entire watch and all its mechanical workings measure just 1.75 millimeters thick. Frankly, if the case weren't made of titanium, we'd be a little worried about bending it just by putting it on.

Ferrari/Richard Mille
Ferrari/Richard Mille
Ferrari/Richard Mille

The watch is thinner by only 0.05mm than the previous record-holder, made by Bulgari.

The case is 51-mm wide, on which sits just about the only Ferrari tie-in you'll find on the watch: A prancing horse sitting atop the face. It's also important to point out that this is a manual watch. A battery would've simply been too bulky. So, if you forget to wind your $2-million timepiece, it'll stop ticking.

Speaking of winding the watch, you'll need a tool to do so. Again, that's in the name of keeping the case as thin as possible. A screwdriver is inserted into the face of the watch, which in turn winds the spring, keeping the watch ticking.

Ferrari/Richard Mille
Ferrari/Richard Mille
Ferrari/Richard Mille

There's not much else on the face of the watch. Aside from the Ferrari logo and winding mechanism, only the clock and the selector switch sit on the face. You can also see a bit of the spring mechanism just to the right of the clock face. That, by the way, is almost bafflingly small. We're guessing this was done, once again, because it was necessary to keep the watch thin.

Normally, you'd really only see this kind of obsessive compromise on a race car. Everything that isn't necessary to get you to the other end of the track is stripped out and tossed away. So, in some ways, that very thin Ferrari tie-in is there for a reason.

Ferrari/Richard Mille
Ferrari/Richard Mille
Ferrari/Richard Mille

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