Richard Mille and Rafael Nadal join forces again for the RM 35-02

Richard Mille and Rafael Nadal join forces again for the RM 35-02

Superstar worthy

Text: Priscilla Tan

Richard Mille responds to requests for a self-winding mechanism at the heart of a Nadal calibre

Richard Mille wowed the crowds when he first outfitted Rafael Nadal with the RM27-02 for a match. In yet another partnership, the Swiss watchmaker and the tennis champion have teamed up to produce another collaborative timepiece.  In line with the Roland-Garros championship — where Nadal is seeking his record 10th title — the luxury watch brand and Spanish superstar have dropped the latest RM 35-02 Rafael Nadal timepiece.

A first in the Nadal collections, the RM 35-02 runs on the new automatic RMAL1 calibre — an innovation that was six years in the making. To match the rigor and active lifestyle of any sportsman, the watch boasts the brand's own patented variable geometry rotor and six positional settings designed to adapt and span a range of sports or leisure environments. To boost precision and reliability in the event of shocks, the variable inertia balance wheel is powered and stabilised by the double barrel system.

Richard Mille RM 35-02 Rafael Nadal

Naturally, the RM 35-02 was created to withstand any kind of shock with the use of base plates and bridges made from wet-sandblasted grade 5 titanium  — the same materials utilised in the RM 35-01. Another outstanding feature of the watch is the natural white quartz fibre that offers a high resistance/weight ratio, assuring a resistant and lightweight watch.  

Spanning 49.94mm and 44.50mm in diameter, the RM 35-02 is available in NTPT Carbon or Quartz-TPT Red in white highlights, with a sapphire crystal caseback allowing one to admire the automatic movement — another first in the Nadal collection. The timepiece also withstands accelerations up to 5,000g's and has a 55-hour power reserve.

The RM 35-02 Rafael Nadal is available exclusively at Richard Mille boutiques.