With the 2017 French Open under way, Rafael Nadal has opened his campaign to capture the 10th men’s singles title at the clay court Grand Slam. Luxury watchmaker Richard Mille, which has sponsored and worked with Nadal since 2010, has presented its newest watch that Rafa will wear during the championship. Limited to only 50 pieces, the Richard Mille RM 27-03 Rafael Nadal “Tourbillon Shock Resistance” watch is priced at $725,000. The close to three quarters of a million dollar price tag reflects the amount of research and development that went into the watch to make it capable of withstanding Nadal’s continuous swings of the racket during his matches.
Built to tolerate Nadal’s whipping strokes, its tourbillon caliber can withstand forces of up to 10,000 Gs, which is twice the amount of shock resistance of the former RM 27 -02. The tourbillon weighs only 34 grams and has set a new yardstick for the watch industry for its shock resistance. The watch wears a vibrant color scheme of intense red and orange that pays homage to the flag of Nadal’s native Spain. It is made from Quartz TPT, a material made from fine layers of silica just 45 microns thick and tinted with resin to create the groovy wavy effect across the case and crown. The strap on the watch is what Richard Mille calls a “comfort strap,” which is made from an elastic material and is makes it very comfortable to wear the timepiece.