Despite its slim case, the RM033 has fantastic quantity to it. The “spline screws” which hold the bezel, case-band and case-back collectively force the case-band to possess protruding tunnels to the screws to go through, while everywhere else on the case’s side, lots of material has been taken away. This negative space really adds quantity to the RM033 — with bare eyes, or even looking through a large magnification loupe or macro lens at smaller segments of the instance, there’s just so much to look at and appreciate.The five-prong skate screws of this bezel sit inside their little valleys, surrounded by exceptionally fine grained, beveled and polished curves — all eight of these. Four just hold the bezel, however, one in every lug appears to repair the lugs into the case-band and case-back. The latter is just one strong piece that comprises the curve to go underneath the lugs, that is the traditional and extremely ergonomic curved case profile that Richard Mille has on all of its watches, no matter how thin.The crown is enormous and intricately crafted out of unusual stuff: the black piece is ceramic and the detailing is at a substance that matches the situation — here it’s an 18k white gold spike. The ceramic even has alternating finishing that is something I have not seen done on such a small piece. This crown has to be so ridiculously hard to supply and get right that matters like this will hardly ever exist on even mid-five figure watches — it simply will not be, because designers in the vast majority of other luxury brands don’t even dare consider things like this, and especially not with these regularity.While functionality-wise the crown is solid as it should be, with dual O-rings and a totally over-engineered clickyness for this, it took me a great time to get accustomed to its appearances — it just leaves the entire watch more feminine in my eyes at least, though I am sure it would not stand this out much if the watch has been on a black strap (more on the strap at a bit).
Richard Mille recently announced its line of cufflinks. They are made from titanium, with brushed and bevelled surfaces, not unlike a watch. But these are no ordinary links, for the T-bars open and close via a pair of buttons on the cufflinks. Each cufflink thus comprises 38 components. And because they are Richard Mille the price will surely be extraordinary as well (think five figure Euro price); if you have to ask… – SJX