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Richard Mille Tourbillon RM 27-01 Rafael Nadal

Marina Milojević | 01.25.13 | 11:16 AM

At this year’s SIHH exhibition, Richard Mille honors its famous sports ambassadors, including the Majorcan tennis player Rafael Nadal.

The new, ultra-lightweight, Richard Mille Tourbillon RM 027 Rafael Nadal timepiece is issued to celebrate Nadal’s 7th successive victory at the French Open in 2012. The watch is designed in collaboration with Rafael Nadal and it is developed and built around the concept of superior strength, endurance and durability. At the same time, the new tourbillon is crafted from ceramic, which makes it extremely light and yet resistant to the majority of shocks and scratches. The case has an unusual anthracite color, which is a result of highly concentrated carbon nanotubes contained in the material. It measures 45.98 mm x 38.90 mm x 10.05 in dimensions, and weighs just 19 grams.

Richard Mille Tourbillon RM 27-01 Rafael Nadal

What is truly amazing about this watch is its state-of-the-art caliber RM27-01, which looks like it is suspended in the center of the case. The unusual design is inspired by suspended civil engineering infrastructures and its inventive architecture occupies a space of just a couple of tens of millimeters. The baseplate of the movement is attached to the case by two couples of braided steel cables which are extremely thin and measure only 0.35 in diameter. These cables are held taut by tensioners and pulleys, which are located at four corners of the movement. The watchmaker tensions the cables by rotating the central transitioner ring, which is a delicate operation that could even damage the movement if anything goes wrong. The insufficient tension, on the other hand, could put the movement into a resonance phase and disturb its time-telling performance.

Richard Mille Tourbillon RM 27-01 Rafael Nadal

The RM 27-01 is carefully designed to stay in suspension, so it could continue to work accurately. To make this possible, the mechanism is designed to resist accelerations of over 5000 G. In addition, the baseplate and the tourbillion carriage are crafted from grade 5 titanium, which makes the movement extremely lightweight. Thanks to the combination of titanium and aluminum-lithium for the barrel bridges, the movement weighs just 3.5 grams.

Richard Mille Tourbillon RM 27-01 Rafael Nadal

Richard Mille Tourbillon RM 27-01 Rafael Nadal is mounted on a Velcro® strap and issued in a limited edition of only 50 exemplars.

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