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Richard Mille colours the RM 67-02 in four shades of sporting champions

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Richard Mille colours the RM 67-02 in four shades of sporting champions
Get to know tennis player Alexander Zverev, alpine ski Olympian Alexis Pinturault, F1 racer Fernando Alonso, and rally driver Sébastien Ogier via their Richard Mille RM 67-02 watches

Collaborations with titleholders of the international sporting variety are pretty par for the course when it comes to Richard Mille. There's the famous Rafael Nadal tourbillon (and its various iterations) and the cycling watch co-designed with former F1 world champ Alain Prost. Not to mention partnerships with athletes the likes of sprint prodigy Wayde van Niekerk. But if you think you know the drill by now, the maison has upended the schematics you're familiar with by re-inventing the RM 67-02 to adapt to any top-level sport.

Designed to handle any situations, the hero watch out of the collection of four hails Alexander Zverev, the youngest tennis player to rank in the world's top three as its champ, putting to test the new in-house CRMA7 calibre manufactured to withstand the repeated accelerations of the sport. It's also the lightest automatic watch to be produced by Richard Mille, weighing in at only 32 grams. Team Pinturault's RM 67-02, on the other hand, is geared towards cold weather wear, made to withstand the harsh chill of the ski slopes and the shock received against the gates. Meanwhile, Fernando Alonso and Sébastien Ogier's versions are currently touring the Formula 1 circuits to road-test new technical solutions for future models.

And though all four renditions are similarly outfitted with grade 5 titanium baseplate and bridges, a variable-geometry rotor of carbon TPT, and a brand new elastic comfort strap, that's about where the resemblances end as each timepiece is denoted by colourways customised to the national flags of each sporting personality. As unique as the winning gents that inspired this new, precedence-breaking playing field for Richard Mille, check out the RM 67-02 quartet below:

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