Richard Mille and Rafael Nadal have developed remarkable watches together. The latest one is RM 27-03 Rafael Nadal Tourbillon with exceptional technical performance.
Rafael Nadal, nine-time winner of the French Open also enjoys a close relationship with watchmaker Richard Mille. Since 2010, their collaboration has been unique in the history of watchmaking. They have now come up with another surprise: the RM 27-03 Rafael Nadal Tourbillon.
The watch has much of Nadal’s aesthetic values. The striking red and yellow hues of the quartz TPT case are a nod to his native Spain. But, achieving the intense burst of colour…that has taken technical prowess! It involved impregnating fine layers of silica just 45 microns thick with tinted resin according to a proprietary process developed in Switzerland that stacks the filaments in layers before heating them to 120 °C. A lot of watches now experiment with innovative case materials. In this case, the quartz fibres are water resistant to 50 metres, are anallergic and highly resistant to UV rays.
The tourbillon, as we all know, is the star of this piece. And why not? The tourbillon calibre of this watch can withstand shocks up to 10,000 g’s! This new threshold is all thanks to years of R&D and countless hours of tests, particularly ‘pendulum impact testing’.
Lightness is also a virtue here. The tourbillon calibre on the skeletonised unibody baseplate of Carbon TPT is ultralight. It boasts of a precision to the nearest micron. Thanks to the reduced number of components there is additional weight saving, thereby lightening the whole watch. The rapid winding barrel provides an unvarying flow of energy for the full 70 hours of running time.
Of course, the magnificent finishing of the RM 27-03 Rafael Nadal Tourbillon is something to talk about. The hand-polished tapered anglage and graceful satin surfaces set off the sparkle of finely microblasted elements. The watch plays on volumes and in a very apt scene elements combine together to evoke the forward-facing head of a bull! A symbol of Spain, this animal is also Nadal’s chosen emblem. Another personal touch: the winding and hand setting are conducted using a torque-limiting crown of Quartz TPT in the shape of a tennis ball.
The RM 27-03 Rafael Nadal Tourbillon is very sporty but equally different thanks to Nadal’s unique personal touch. The watch is produced in a limited edition of only 50 pieces.