World’s Thinnest Watch Will Set You Back $1.8 Million

Got nearly $2 million to spend and need to know what time it is? If so, Swiss watchmaker Richard Mille and Ferrari have teamed up to make the perfect luxury product for you. It’s an undoubtedly cool looking wrist watch and comes complete with a laser engraving of the iconic prancing horse logo. At 1.75 millimeters, or about the same thickness as a quarter, the watch is the thinnest in the world. It beats out the previous record for thinnest watch set at 1.80 millimeters by Bulgari just a few months ago. 

Because there’s no room for a battery, you have to manually wind the watch about every 45 hours. Richard Mille is only making 150 and each one costs $1,888,000. Which leaves us to wonder—at that price, does it come with someone to wind it for you? 

The thin Ferrari watch juxtaposed with the components inside to show how they fit
Richard Mille

The picture above superimposes the face of the watch with its internal components. Instead of a stacked assembly of various cogs and wheels, everything is spread out. It is made mostly of titanium so the parts won’t bend. According to the Richard Mille website, it took 6,000 hours of development and testing to perfect the design.  

We heard about the extreme luxury watch on Gizmodo. They make the valid point that it is simply a timepiece. No smart features, fitness tracking, or internet access. It is water resistant to about 30 feet though, as well as shock resistant.

A man inspects the Ferrari watch
Richard Mille

There are many limited edition luxury watches out there on the market. If nerdy is more your style, check out the Black Panther or Boba Fett themed wrist watches, both of which will “only” set you back about $120,000.

Melissa is Nerdist’s science & technology staff writer. She has never paid more than $25 for a watch. Melissa also moderates “science of” panels at conventions and co-hosts Star Warsologies, a podcast about science and Star Wars. Follow her on Twitter @melissatruth. 

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