Just in time for the Roland Garros, French Open in Paris, Richard Mille has gifted Rafael Nadal with a brand new model of his own collection. Hopefully the brightly colored and technically innovating “tourbillon shock resistance” timepiece will provide the champion with stamina for another win and us horology enthusiasts with a new aspiration.
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Richard Mille has been developing timepieces specifically for Rafael Nadal since 2010, making this their fourth watch collaboration. All of which have been seen worn on competing courts by the Spanish tennis star at various moments throughout his career. We reviewed the previous model “RM 35-02 Rafael Nadal Quartz-TPT” for the blog, when it was unveiled last year. And linking back to the Roland Garros we also reviewed the ladies timepiece conceived by Steffi Fraff for Longines.
But, this latest creation has not only kept the brand’s high standards in check, as it has also broke an horology record by propelling the industry standards forward in terms of shock resistance. After years of repeated pendulum impact tests, which simulated linear acceleration from sudden movements, they finally reached a milestone in the horology manufacturing by being the first model that can withstand and resist shocks of up to 10,000g’s!
To put that in scientific terms, the g-force (which stands for gravitational force) is a measurement that serves to calculate how acceleration levels can alter the perception of weight. So, in essence when a g-force acceleration is produced by one object being pushed by the surface of another object, the reaction-force to this push produces an equal and opposite weight for every unit of an object’s mass. So, when for example a pilot says he flew at “8 g’s” it means he felt like his body weighed eight times what it really does.
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No doubt a creation worthy of being endorsed by one of the greatest athletes to ever play the sport of tennis, that could probably only have been manufactured by Richard Mille and their R&D vanguard!
The 40mm case is made out of the patented Quartz TPT ® with a solid case back. Its waves of alternating red and yellow colors are an evident homage to Rafa’s home country of Spain. But, the process to achieve this blend of colors is achieved by impregnating fine layers of silica, that are just 45 micros thick, with tinted resin following a proprietary process developed in Switzerland by North Thin Ply Technology, which stacks the laments in layers before heating them to 120°C. These quartz fibers provide an optimal strength/weight ratio, plus they’re anallergic and highly resistant to UV rays.
Also comes equipped with a torque limiting crown which has an additional security system that prevents from accidental over winding that could cause damage to the winding stem, or simply apply extreme detrimental pressure on the mainspring barrel. The crown is also made of carbon Quartz TPT and sculpted to resemble a tennis ball. Water-resistance on this watch can reach up to 50 meters (164 feet).
Time is exhibited on a skeleton dial with small red dotted hour index markers and a series of smaller yellow minute index markers, circling the dial near the bezel. There are also two grade 5 titanium alloy bridges that cross over the swift rotating barrel and the winding tourbillon, to realign again and form a stylish V-shape on the dial; while the upper flange of the dial is also made of Carbon PT®.
Richard Mille RM 27-03 Rafael Nadal
This “Richard Mille RM 27-03 Rafael Nadal” (Ref#: RM27-03 CA-FQ) is powered by a hand-wound mechanical tourbillon movement, caliber 27-03, with 19 jewels and 21,600 vph. It features a free sprung balance with variable inertia and shock resistance up to 10,000 G’s. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 70 hours, when fully wound. This watch is a limited edition of only 50 manufactured pieces; more info at Richard Mille.
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