Setting a new precedence on the track is rising star Wayde van Niekerk whose headlining record of 43.03 seconds for the 400m sprint this past August puts the South African athlete on the radar for greater things. At just 24 years old, van Niekerk has racked up a score of wins and surpassed even the world record for the 400m dash set in 1999 by gold medalist Michael Johnson, all while wearing a distinct Richard Mille creation upon his wrist: The RM27-02.

Richard Mille partners Wayde van Niekerk

And as he chooses the Swiss maison, so has Richard Mille chosen the young runner as their new partner to represent their shared values of exceptional performance and ever-innovative spirit, carving history together as one entity. Just like the RM27-02 timepiece with its avant-garde technical sophistication and dynamic lines, van Niekerk and Richard Mille together are poised to conquer the fields of haute horlogerie and Olympic sprinting as new generational leaders the world won't soon forget.