Swiss watchmaker Richard Mille is called a lot for its elite fanbase (which incorporates high-rollers like Rafael Nadal and Jay-Z) as it’s for its highly-engineered, exorbitantly priced timepieces. Its newest stunner is the 2022 RM-01UP Ferrari, which at simply 1.75mm thick—somewhat greater than two bank cards stacked—made historical past when it dropped this summer time because the thinnest mechanical watch ever made. Restricted to 150 items and reportedly priced at a cool $1.9 million, the RM-01UP Ferrari surpasses an extended line of earlier contenders for the title, from the 2020 Piaget Altiplano Final Idea (2.0mm thick, $440,000) to this 12 months’s BULGARI Octo Finissimo Extremely (1.8mm thick, $450,000). As spectacular as these items are, nevertheless, all of them have two issues in frequent: extraordinarily restricted availability and astronomical costs. The excellent news? Casio’s digital A700W-1ACF is almost as skinny as these grails and prices simply $34, placing a razor-thin timepiece inside anybody’s attain.
The race in direction of ever-thinner watches has heated up in the previous couple of years, nevertheless it’s been going sturdy for greater than a century, starting in 1903 when Edmond Jaeger (co-founder of Swiss luxurious watch model Jaeger-LeCoultre) invented the Caliber 145, the thinnest watch motion the world had ever seen. Like athletes and yacht homeowners, watchmakers are aggressive folks, and so they love nothing greater than doing one thing higher—even infinitesimally higher—than the competitors. After the Caliber 145’s debut, the trade’s brightest minds instantly started dreaming up new designs for ever-thinner instances and actions, and so they haven’t stopped ever since. Some 120 years later, Richard Mille’s RM-01UP Ferrari is within the lead, however, watchmakers being who they’re, a brand new contender can’t be far off.
With a sq. case measuring 6mm thick, the standard Casio A700W-1ACF will not be in fairly the identical league because the Richard Milles and Piagets of the world (constructing an ultra-thin mechanical watch is way, rather more sophisticated than thinning down a digital one) nevertheless it’s outstanding nonetheless. In a sea of chunky G-Shock Mudmasters and burly Professional-Treks, the horological equivalents of hard-wearing mountaineering boots, there’s one thing to be stated for the consolation, subtlety, and simple wearability of the A700W-1ACF. And whereas the world’s thinnest mechanical watches are typically time-only, the Casio A700W-1ACF is filled with options, from a 1/100-second stopwatch to a perpetual calendar and, in fact, an LED backlight. Good issues are available in slim packages.