RICHARD MILLE – RM 27-03
GAME, SET AND MATCH
As Rafael Nadal arrives on court, attempting to win his tenth Roland-Garros, Richard Mille has unveiled the watch the champion will be wearing during the tournament: the highly colourful RM 27-03.
Flashback to 2010: Rafael Nadal creates a sensation at the Roland-Garros tournament in Paris with a watch made by Richard Mille and weighing no more than 20 grams, including the strap. This year, the doubles team of Rafael Nadal and Richard Mille have made a striking return to the clay courts. The Spanish tennis player will be wearing some cutting-edge technology and a precision mechanism in a concentrated form: the RM 27-03. Their strengths? A powerful service with the help of a manual winding mechanism and a comfortable power reserve of 70 hours. A forehand of remarkable intensity, like the machined Quartz TPT® case and its bright colours evoking the Spanish flag. And a backhand that is as precise as the watch’s tourbillon mechanism.
This edition made by Richard Mille and limited to just 50 pieces also stands out through the unique way the calibre is displayed, suggesting a bull’s head. Stylised skeleton titanium bridges shaped like horns keep the barrel and tourbillon in place. All the components in this exceptional mechanism are organised around an openwork mainplate made of Carbon TPT®, a ultra-resistant high-tech alloy. As for the dynamometric crown on the winder, it recalls the design of a tennis ball.
And to maintain the momentum just like Rafa, the RM 27-03 can absorb shocks of up to 10 000g – twice as much as the RM50-03 McLaren F1 unveiled at the last SIHH in Geneva! Enough to resist any shots from future opponents and all the twists and turns during a rally…
Price: € 792 000 richardmille.com
By Dan Diaconu