This Rafael Nadal x Richard Mille timepiece maxes out on the shock resistance

This Rafael Nadal x Richard Mille timepiece maxes out on the shock resistance

Smashing it

Text: Angelyn Kwek

Rafael Nadal collaborates with Richard Mille to drop the most shock-resistance timepiece in the maison's lineup, the RM 27-03 Tourbillon

Attaching a celebrity name to a product is the easy part, but what's really in a collaboration? For one, the relationship between brand and celeb has to go beyond skin deep, and both parties have to have a mutual passion (or passions). After all, a rewarding partnership can't be had without sharing the same values and aesthetics. Meeting halfway in perfect synergy, Richard Mille and Rafael Nadal have nailed the above criterion on all counts with their latest joint creation, the RM27-03 Tourbillon Rafael Nadal — a watch that charts an astounding 10, 000 G's of shock resistance. Co-designed with the tennis superstar, here's why this Richard Mille timepiece is the perfect brainchild to spring from a celeb collab, and is so much more than its famous moniker:

Richard Mille RM27-03 Tourbillon Rafael Nadal

1. It has a Quartz TPT case
With nine years of friendship and a healthy superstition that banned delicate watches from accompanying him on the courts, the partiality to extremely hardwearing haute horlogerie between Nadal and Richard Mille is through the roof. Leveraging on the maison's expertise in crafting tough-as-nails timepieces, the new RM27-03 is made from over 600 layers of silica thread filaments, which are saturated in a white resin patented by Richard Mille and then heated at high temperatures and pressurised to obtain its durability. The result is a strong yet lightweight, anallergic, water and UV-resistant watch.

2. It has a unibody
Further elevating the watch's overall might, the bezel and caseback are assembled directly on the baseplate, thereby negating the use of a caseband. This component elimination means there's less working parts to worry about when it comes to wear and tear, especially if you're prone to incurring hard knocks every now and then. Additionally, the skeletonised baseplate is machined from carbon TPT — an equally resilient, high-tech material.

Richard Mille RM27-03 Tourbillon Rafael Nadal

3. It has bridges made from Grade 5 titanium
The toughness of the exterior also translates to the Calibre RM27-03, crafted with skeletonised bridges that secure the train, barrel, wheel and tourbillon. Viewed from an angle, the dial plays on the illusion of space and affects an impressive depth. And within the movement, a fast rotating barrel provides a uniform flow of energy that keeps its precision and reliability on-point. Now that's a timepiece that's as striking as it is solid.

4. It has a torque-limiting crown
Besides the unique tennis-ball motif topping the RM27-03 - the most overt touch on the limited edition piece that declares its connection to Nadal and the sport — a dynamic torque-limiting system governs the crown to prevent overwinding. Setting the hands just got that much more fuss-free.

5. It has a comfort strap
An athletic watch through and through, the RM27-03 comes equipped with a new elastic bracelet, specially developed by Richard Mille to provide sports players with a new level of ergonomic wear. Compared to the usual Velcro-type straps, the comfort band is even more lightweight, which means you can totally smash it on the courts and keep time simultaneously.

The Richard Mille RM27-03 Tourbillon Rafael Nadal is limited to 50 pieces.