Why Do Collectors Love The Richard Mille RM 67-01 Extra Flat?

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This is the Richard Mille RM 67-01 Automatic Extra Flat. it is one of the few models from the brand that is actually somewhat understated on the wrist. Whether “understated” is what you want a six-figure watch to look like is another question. Richard Mille was first shown to the market around the end of 2015 and has come a long way as a brand since then. More timepieces have been released, each more refined than the last. However, the simple RM 67-01 remains a popular choice among collectors. If you close one eye and squint, it’s the closest thing the brand has to a formal fake watch. Though it still has a high-tech, sporty appeal. Plus, it’s very wearable. Let’s get into the details and see why collectors love the Richard Mille RM67-01.
When most people think of Richard Mille, two synonyms come to mind: expensive and chunky. Or some variation on those themes. That’s not a bad thing. But the brand isn’t exactly known for its slim timepieces hidden under the cuffs. Instead, it makes complicated, tonneau-shaped replica watches that announce their presence on the wrist. That’s one of the reasons why Richard Mille is so popular among the nouveau riche. As the saying goes, if you’ve got it, flaunt it, right?
However, it seems that not every Richard Mille fan wants to have their bank account on their wrist. Surprise, surprise. Some fans of the brand prefer something a little more subtle. Certainly, Richard Mille has been aware of this for years. That’s why the brand debuted the rectangular-shaped RM 016 Extra Flat in 2007, followed by the round-cased RM 033 Extra Flat in 2011, but neither of those models featured the brand’s now-signature tonneau-shaped case. That’s why the RM 67-01 Automatic Extra Flat continues to be the king of the thin copy watches that RM modestly offers.
At 38.7mm x 47.52mm x 7.75mm, the RM 67-01 Automatic Extra Flat can legitimately be called “thin”. Although these dimensions are still not exactly a shrinking violet on the wrist. But while the end result is a much smaller watch, it actually required a lot of work to make a reality. Keep in mind that this is the first time Richard Mille’s iconic tonneau shape has appeared in an ultra-flat form. As a result, the team had to go back to the drawing board in several ways.