Richard Mille Presents $725,000 RM 27-03 Rafael Nadal

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 24:  Rafael Nadal attends the Gala Dinner For the Launch Of The New Richard Mille RM at Pavillon Ledoyen on May 24, 2017 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Julien M. Hekimian/Getty Images for Richard Mille) *** Local Caption *** Rafael Nadal
PARIS, FRANCE – MAY 24: Rafael Nadal attends the Gala Dinner For the Launch Of The New Richard Mille RM at Pavillon Ledoyen on May 24, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Julien M. Hekimian/Getty Images for Richard Mille)

Swiss luxury watchmaker Richard Mille and tennis star Rafael Nadal unveil a novel timepiece that breaks the rudiments of technical excellence.

Released at the start of the coveted Roland-Garros, the RM 27-03 Rafael Nadal exhibits not only mastery in watchmaking but also the assertive character of the nine-time winner of the French Open. Rendered in striking red and yellow shades – the colors of Nadal’s native Spain, the RM 27-03 acquired its amber sheen through an innovative method of impregnating fine, ultra-thin layers of silica with tinted resin and then heating them to 120° C. Developed in Switzerland, the process displays Richard Mille’s and partner North Thin Ply Technology’s unexcelled ability to develop new, biocompatible and durable Quartz shades.

RM27-03 FULLFRONT RGB
RM27-03 FULLFRONT RGB

Aside from its flowing color, the case boasts water resistance of 50 meters, an advantageous strength/weight ratio, anallergic faculties as well as high UV-ray defense. One specification, however, truly establishes the novelty of RM 27-03 – the capacity of its ultralight tourbillon calibre to withstand shocks of up to 10,000 Gs. Shielding the watch’s working form Nadal’s powerful arm swings, this resilience is a result of relentless testing of the watch’s performance against linear acceleration. Attached to a skeletonized unibody carbon base, the ingenious tourbillon flaunts a precision to the micron, while the winding barrel provides 70 hours of running time.

The technical perfection of the RM 27-03 is housed in a hand-polished design that is equally impressive. With highly stylized and streamlined satin surfaces, that give off a barely detectable sparkle, the watch plays with volumes. The tourbillon, beating at 3 Hz, and the great wheel evoke the forward-facing head of a bull – another subtle reference to Spain.

Having developed several high-profile timepieces with Richard Mille, Nadal is to wear the RM 27-03 during the Roland-Garros. Produced in only 50 pieces, the watch bears the sticker price of $725,000.

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