The Swiss luxury watchmaker Richard Mille has created a new limited edition timepiece that is being worn by Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal during the 2017 French Open.
Limited to just 50 pieces, the Richard Mille RM 27-03 Rafael Nadal “Tourbillon Shock Resistance” watch is priced at $725,000, reflecting the amount of research and development that went into the watch to make it capable of withstanding Nadal’s continuous swings of the racket during his matches.
With the 2017 French Open under way, Rafael Nadal has opened his campaign to capture the 10th men’s singles title at the clay court Grand Slam. Luxury watchmaker Richard Mille, which has sponsored and worked with Nadal since 2010, has presented its newest watch that Rafa will wear during the championship.
Built to tolerate Nadal’s whipping strokes, its tourbillon caliber can withstand forces of up to 10,000 Gs, which is twice the amount of shock resistance of the former RM 27 -02. The luxury watch weighs only 34 grams and has set a new yardstick for the watch industry for its shock resistance. The watch wears a vibrant color scheme of intense red and orange that pays homage to the flag of Nadal’s native Spain.
Now, the RM 27-03’s tourbillon and its parts – the weakest bits where a strong impact is first going to show its effects – are now crafted with a mind-blowingly small tolerance of just 1 micron.
Clearly, the goal with this, and in fact all previous RM027 models was to prove that a high-tech version of a tourbillon-equipped mechanical movement can, if engineered properly, withstand extreme shocks and delivers what Rafa needs at this moment.