Richard Mille and tennis star Rafael Nadal are at it again. The passionate technophiles have unveiled the limited edition watch Richard Mille RM27-03 Rafael Nadal Tourbillon Shock Resistance. Vivid and sporty there will be only 50 pieces, each with a hefty price tag of $750,000.
A testimony to the power of the Spanish player’s game, the Richard Mille RM27-03 Rafael Nadal Tourbillon Shock Resistance is capable of withstanding and resisting shocks of up to 10,000g’s. This result was achieved through countless hours of tests, particularly “pendulum impact testing” which simulates the linear acceleration that occurs due to sudden movements or shock to the wearer.
The striking red and yellow hues of the timepiece’s Quartz TPT case pay homage to Rafael Nadal native Spain. The intense burst of color is achieved by impregnating fine layers of silica just 45 microns thick with tinted resin according to a proprietary process developed in Switzerland that stacks the laments in layers before heating them to 120 °C. Dial features large black hour markers and hands, which are partially painted in Super-LumiNova.
For the first time at Richard Mille, the watch’s case middle has been removed. The bezel and caseback are assembled directly on the baseplate, which is described as ‘unibody’—a type of racing-car construction that ensures maximum rigidity and greater resistance to impacts. A unibody baseplate in Carbon TPT, grade 5 titanium bridges and strategic reinforcements at the heart of the calibre all contribute to the rigidity of the Richard Mille RM27-03 Rafael Nadal Tourbillon Shock Resistance timepiece. The V-shaped mechanical winding tourbillon is reminiscent of a forward-facing head of a bull – a symbol of Spain and Rafa’s emblem and beats at 3 Hz and. The movement features hand polished tapered angles and satin surfaces. It also offers 70 hours of power and water resistance up to 50M.