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Rafa’s new Richard Mille luxury timepiece

by Simon Lazarus
2 March, 2013
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Rafael Nadal with watch

Time has passed very slowly for Spanish tennis sensation Rafael Nadal after an 8 month layoff which put him out of the 2013 Australian Open.

Nadal wins Brazil Open

In fact his future on the court is in doubt amid rumours he may have to withdraw from two upcoming ATP tournaments in March at Indian Wells and Miami. Yet his recent Brazil Open victory did not make all the headlines thanks to the latest silverware adorning his wrist.

Nadal was actually pictured wearing a beautiful Richard Mille watch, who just so happen to be one of his official sponsors.

The price to wear this favoured arm candy is believed to be in the region of seven hundred thousand dollars. That’s already a cool $100k pricier than the previous model.

Richard Mille RM027-01

Richard Mille Tourbillon RM-02 01 Rafael Nadal

The clay court specialist has been with the luxury Swiss brand since 2010 and is now sporting the latest addition from their stable, the RM027-01

Weighing in at less than twenty grams, Mille has developed a complex cable and pulley system that essentially uses tension to suspend the movement in the middle of the case and ensures the watch is much tougher. This is done without the need for screws which apparently offers protection in order to combat any shock or impact on the item. The cables are held taut by a series of tensioners, located at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock, and pulleys positioned at the four corners of the movement.

Richard Mille Tourbillon RM-027 01 caseback

If you’re looking for a sapphire glass in the case back to admire the wonders of the movement, well, there isn’t one. It was probably sacrificed to safe weight and add strength.

Only 50 units of the watch are available for sale.

In addition to this, the timepiece has the ability to function in more than 5Gs of force which is even greater than the Spaniard’s serve. Now that’s certainly a big advantage you have over us Rafa.

Timekeeping and time losing

I forgot my watch again!

Yet Nadal has not been flavour of the month with his sponsors over the last few years. This follows yet another Crime Watch tale where the former Number 1 in the world had his previous watch nabbed from a hotel room whilst in Paris.

Meanwhile, he had the audacity to leave a watch behind after a tournament which took place in Canada. However, Rafa is not noted for his punctuality and is notorious on occasions for making people wait.

This includes ensuring competitors are left waiting on the court not to mention being tardy for a number of press conferences that have also involved Swiss maestro Roger Federer.

In fact, Federer himself has made complaints to umpires regarding Nadal’s disregard for timekeeping especially during a pause in play. Nadal often makes opponents wait for more than the allotted 20 seconds in between points.

So will his brand new Richard Mille allow Nadal to become a lot more reliable? It seems that the court is still out on this one but there has been plenty of heated discussion surrounding the use of his watch.

During the first twelve months of his sponsorship deal, Nadal went on to claim victory at three Grand Slams featuring the French Open at Roland Garros as well as Wimbledon and the US Open at Flushing Meadow.

Unfortunately, with his left knee still giving him jip, and with further tournament cancellations a strong possibility; he may just have to spend time considering other options outside of the tennis arena.

 

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Simon is a published journalist in the UK, US and Europe on a range of topics and currently has a number of clients in different sectors for whom he produces content on a weekly basis. Topics include travel, property, food, lifestyle, finance, hi-tech and business.

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