Richard Mille RM 27-04 tourbillon Rafael Nadal watch

Richard Mille launches a limited edition RM 27-04 tourbillon Rafael Nadal watch to celebrate the 10th anniversary of sponsoring tennis star Rafael Nadal

Although various sports partnerships abound in the modern luxury watch industry, many of the most compelling sponsorships today are from the tennis world. Brands from Rolex to Seiko have established relationships with tennis stars, but one of the sport’s oldest and most prestigious partners is Richard Mille and Spanish ace Rafael Na Cooperation between Rafael Nadal.

2020 is the 10th anniversary of this sponsorship. In celebration of Richard Mille’s release of a new version of the RM 27 series, it uses a new carbon-titanium case material, a revolutionary braided cable hollow dial and an extraordinary anti-vibration tourbillon. The limited edition Richard Mille RM 27-04 Tourbillon Rafael Nadal combines radical polarized design with a few eye-catching technological innovations, paying homage to the greatest modern champion of tennis.

Although the 38.4 mm x 47.25 mm case of Richard Mille RM 27-04 Tourbillon Rafael Nadal follows the brand’s iconic barrel design, the material is a new proprietary composite material. This polyamide, called TitaCarb by Richard Mille, contains 38.5% carbon fiber. In addition to having great tensile strength, it also has almost the same fracture resistance as stainless steel. The development of TitaCarb fully considers the stringent requirements of professional tennis, and the weight is very light, including the strap and the total weight is only 30 grams. In news pictures, the material exudes a soft, almost dusty brown hue, reminiscent of milk chocolate, which may be controversial. The case also provides a water resistance of 50 meters, and a sapphire display back cover.

In a skeleton tourbillon watch, it is rare that the tourbillon does not occupy a clear center position on the dial, but for Richard Mille RM 27-04 Tourbillon Rafael Nadal, there is another obvious visual highlight. Taking the tennis theme home, the skeleton structure of the movement is fixed in place by a 0.27 mm steel cable, which is hand-woven through the inner bezel in exactly the same way as a tennis racket.

This braided cable is far from a simple visual callback of the sport, but the actual structural element of the movement, although the brand claims that the suspended movement can withstand more than 12,000 G of impact-very suitable for the impact-intensive environment of sports, despite the appearance Exquisite. tennis court. However, as a design element, the appearance of braided cables may diverge. In addition to the braided thread, the rest of the hollow dial design is quite standard for Richard Mille, with angular stylized hollow arrow pointers, supplemented by small triangular lumen pointers integrated in rehaut. Richard Mille replica

Hanging under the braided cable is the manufactured Calibre RM 27-04 manual winding tourbillon movement. The bottom plate and bridge are made of black-painted titanium alloy, and the main barrel protruding at 1 o’clock rotates every six hours instead of the more common seven-and-a-half hour cycle to improve performance.

The tourbillon forms a visual balance with the barrel at 7 o’clock. The mesh structure and severely hollowed bridge allow you to observe the operation of this complex escapement almost at a glance. In addition to the extraordinary shock resistance, the performance is absolutely average, providing a power reserve of 38 hours at a beat rate of 21,600 bph. Richard Mille wears a pink blue fabric strap for the RM 27-04 Tourbillon Rafael Nadal, lined with black leather. This is an unorthodox combination with the brown tones of the case, but in sharp contrast.

With the RM 27-04 Tourbillon Rafael Nadal, Richard Mille brings equal technological innovation and unique design, opening the way for one of its most enduring sports partners.