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Richard Mille RM 27-02 Tourbillon Rafael Nadal

Marina Milojević | 05.25.15 | 04:47 AM

Introducing the Richard Mille Tourbillon RM 27-02 Rafael Nadal. The case of this model is made of TPT® Quartz and NTPT® Carbon, featuring the very first skeletonized unibody baseplate also in NTPT® Carbon.

Richard Mille has created a new watch for its ambassador Rafael Nadal. This time, the famous watchmaking brand explored the outer limits of strength to create something special - a watch that would become Nadal’s „second skin,“ a watch that would withstand extreme acceleration conditions of high level tennis matches, heat and sweat – the RM 27-02.

What makes this watch truly unique is its innovative manually-wound tourbillon caliber dedicated to tennis. The movement is exposed from the dial side to reveal its sculptural baseplate and the three-dimensional construction of its titanium bridges, which were shot-blasted and satin-finished by hand. It features a rapidly rotating barrel (one revolution per 6 hours, instead of 7.5 hours) thanks to which the RM 27-02 runs on no less than 70 hours of power reserve. In addition, it incorporates a torque limiting crown, which prevents accidental over-winding and optimizes the pressure on the mainspring barrel. The movement beats at a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour, and it rests on 19 jewels.

One of the most interesting features about the RM 27-02 is that its bezel and case-back are made from lightweight NTPT carbon and Quartz TPT. The former is a revolutionary new material designed and developed by Richard Mille and North Thin Ply Technology. The material is made of more than 600 layers of parallel filaments gained from separating silica treads. Each of these layers, which are thinner than 45 microns, is saturated in a special white resin and then inserted between the layers of NTPT carbon. During this process, the orientation of the fibers between each layer is changed by 45 degrees, before the material is heated to 120 C and then subjected to a pressure of 6 bars in an autoclave. Finally, the material is machined on a CNC machine, which unveils random TPT Quartz layers, resulting in patterns that are unique to each individual machined component.

Richard Mille RM 27-02 Tourbillon Rafael Nadal

The robust new Richard Mille RM 27-02 Tourbillon Rafael Nadal measures 47.77mm x 39.70mm, and it is 12.25mm thick. For the first time ever, the manufacture has combine a unibody baseplate and caseband in NTPT carbon. Both the bezel and the case-back are assembled directly on the unibody baseplate, which contributes to the sturdiness of the construction, and allows Nadal to wear his watch even during the tennis match.

Richard Mille RM 27-02 Tourbillon Rafael Nadal

Richard Mille RM 27-02 Tourbillon Rafael Nadal is offered in a limited edition of 50 pieces worldwide, and it comes with orange-colored Velcro strap, evocative of the clay courts at Rolland Garros. The watch retails at € 777,000, or 734,500 Swiss francs.

Richard Mille RM 27-02 Tourbillon Rafael Nadal

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