RAFAEL NADAL’S NEW $690,000 RICHARD MILLE ON-COURT WRISTWEAR
A win at the Brazil Open this past weekend marked Rafael Nadal’s first title since returning from injury, and he’s working on his comeback in style. Nadal first joined forces with Swiss luxury watchmaker, Richard Mille, in 2010. The partnership has Rafa wearing the brand’s high-priced wristwear during his professional matches. The tennis champ’s newest accessory from the brand retails for a cool $690,000.
With the 2013 season in full swing, the company has created an updated design called the Tourbillon RM 27-01. The new watch, created in collaboration with Nadal, is lighter than ever weighing in at only 19 grams.
As Forbes reports:
“Part of the point of the Richard Mille Rafael Nadal watch is to prove that the piece can survive the torture. A new system in the 2013 watch makes it even less prone to damage. Richard Mille rates the watch to work in situations of up to 5000 Gs of force. A new system of suspension cables holds the watch in the case without being traditionally mounted with screws. This helps to further protect the delicate movement against shock and other tennis related trauma. This is probably the first watch of its kind to ever have such a mounting, and it is beautiful too. It goes without saying that the simple act of constructing this movement requires a great deal of finesse.”
The watch features a black velcro strap accented by bright pops of colors within the dial. The unique, intricate design is said to be inspired by “suspended civil engineering infrastructure.” A limited edition 50 timepieces will be available.
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