They do more than merely tell the time – sports and ‘tool’ watches measure performance, ensure safety and occasionally, become style icons, reports our watch editor.
Richard Mille RM 27-03 Rafael Nadal
As clay is Rafael Nadal’s preferred surface, The French Open Roland-Garros tennis tournament was the ideal place for Richard Mille to launch the latest in an extraordinary collection of timepieces, the RM 27-03. The formidable partnership between Richard Mille and Rafael Nadal is now in its seventh year and the latest fruit of the union is this feather-light tourbillon calibre watch – a triumph of technical prowess with a burst of red and yellow colour on the ultralight Quartz TPT® case that evokes Nadal’s native Spain.
Considering that Rafa has one of the most powerful serves in the sport, this watch was constructed with immense shock resistance being paramount. After years of Research and Development and countless hours of testing, particularly ‘pendulum impact testing’ which simulates the linear acceleration that occurs due to sudden movements or shock to the wearer, the RM 27-03 is able to withstand shocks up to 10,000 g’s.
The unibody baseplate caseband construction of the RM 27-03 is machined from Carbon TPT® and adds to its virtual indestructibility. The ‘unibody’ concept is borrowed from a type of racing-car construction that ensures maximum rigidity and greater resistance to impacts. As another nod to Spain, the mechanical winding tourbillon resembles the head of a bull, and a final sporty twist is seen in the torque-limiting crown formed in the shape of a tennis ball. Richard Mille is producing the RM 27-03 in a limited edition of 50 pieces.
By: Nick Rice