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Richard Mille Tourbillon 035 and 038

by Michael Weare
9 May, 2011
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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

Richard Mille Tourbillon 035  rafael Nadal

OK, he might not have won the Madrid Open, but no question that Rafael Nadal is going to be the one to beat at this year’s French Open at the Roland Garros stadium, and no question he’ll be wearing his Richard Mille Tourbillon watch while he does it.

Unlike most athletic brand ambassadors who slip their watch on their wrist after their sporting events have ended, golf’s longest hitter Bubba Watson and World number 1 tennis star Rafael Nadal wear their Richard Mille timepieces while they compete, demonstrating that Mille’s ultra-complicated movements can, to quote Timex, ‘take a licking and keep on ticking’.

Rafa Nadal RM035

Rafa Nadal Brand Ambassador for Richard Mille
Photo by Ella Ling

After having won in 2010 the trio of masters tournaments at Roland Garros, Wimbledon and Flushing Meadows at the wrist of Rafael Nadal, Richard Mille has now developed the RM 035, an evolution of the RM 027 with a movement weighing just 4.3 grams.

The manual winding, skeletonised calibre RMUL1 beating at the heart of the RM 035 Rafael Nadal represents the first manual winding movement in the Richard Mille collection to have Chronofiable® certification.

On April 17th, Rafael Nadal claimed his seventh straight victory on the clay courts of Monte Carlo. Nadal won against fellow Spaniard David Ferrer in two sets while wearing the Richard Mille RM 035 Rafael Nadal on his right wrist.

Bubba Watson RM038

Bubba Watson Brand Ambassador for Richard Mille

Meanwhile, not to be outdone, on May 1st, Bubba Watson won the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, his third PGA Tour title in ten months. The win pushed Watson to the number one spot on the FedEx Cup rankings, and put him in the top 10 in the world.

Richard Mille RM 038 Tourbillon

Bubba’s victory came while wearing his Richard Mille RM 038 Tourbillon on a distinctive white strap. Being the biggest hitter in the game right now, Bubba is the ideal candidate to test this watch and its main elements of lightness, super shock resistance and lightness.

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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

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