Richard Mille has unveiled the new RM 27-02 tourbillon, specially made for Rafael Nadal. Mille has been a sponsor of Nadal’s for five years, and Nadal wears Mille watches in all of his matches. “In 2010 here at Roland Garros, it was the first time I played with a watch,” Nadal confirmed on Saturday as the 2015 edition of the tournament was getting underway. “Richard put a lot of work into making the most amazing, extreme watch I have ever seen.”
The RM 27-02 features the first skeletonized baseplate known as a “unibody,” where the caseband and baseplate have been fused into a single piece. Like its predecessors, the RM 27-02 is a mechanical tourbillon, but its case is harder, lighter, and more resistant than its predecessor, thanks to two new carbon fibre materials developed in conjunction with North Thin Ply Technology. The new material is known as TPT Quartz and is composed of hundreds of layers of quartz piled on top of each other and fused together with silica heated to 250 degrees.
The watch also contains grade 5 titanium and a sapphire crystal. It is driven by a mechanical caliber with an impressive 70-hour power reserve and is certified to withstand a full 5,000 Gs of force.
The Richard Mille RM 27-02 is a limited edition of 50 pieces and is priced at USD $775,000.