Richard Mille's Ace Move: Rafael Nadal Comes Aboard
A young brand that officially began only in 2001, Richard Mille has recently skyrocketed to the forefront, gaining the attention of watch collectors and media alike. Richard Mille spells the ultimate combination of the best technique and innovation with a special added artistic and architectural dimension.
While the brand already had a reason to boast with its hand polished and finished watches, its association with tennis superstar Rafael Nadal has further raised the pedestal. In an attempt to advance their watch-making capabilities, Richard Mille created the RM 027 Tourbillon for Nadal, the world's lightest mechanical watch.
With a movement base plate made from titanium and a high lithium content alloy, an utralight strap in polycarbonate, and the ability to withstand the shocks and impacts of everyday use, strapped to one of the strongest, most active wrists in the world, its hard to believe the fact that this watch weighs a mere 20 grams, inclusive of the strap.
The biggest endorsement of all though, is that this piece has been tried and tested by a man renowned for refusing to compromise when it comes to his sport and his performance. The fact that Nadal has agreed to wear this piece in all his upcoming matches conveys far more than any technical specifications could.
With only 50 pieces in production, the RM 027 Tourbillon is expected to be priced above an astonishing $525,000! (It probably costs ten times more than Roger Federer's Rolex).
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