Celebrate 10 years of ultralight partnership.
Richard Mille (Richard Mille perfect) announced in 2010 a partnership with tennis sports brand Rafael “Rafa” Nadal (Rafael “Rafa” Nadal) and the brand new watch RM 027. The lightweight RM 027 will laugh when placed in your hand. This is a marvel of engineering tough enough to withstand the incredible vitality of Nadal’s wrist, and light enough to float in the water (yes, actually). Now, to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the partnership between Richard Mille and Nadal, RM 027 has launched the fifth generation and the expensive new RM 27-04.
Yes, following the very shallow (almost invisible) footsteps of 027, we have 2013 rm27-01, 2015 rm27-02, 2017 wild rm 27-03 and amazing new RM 27-04 . Compared to the more common commuter fare options, the list of specifications looks like a supercar. total weight? 30 grams (including strap!), only 3.4 grams for the manual winding tourbillon movement for cable suspension. The case is made of a material called “TitaCarb”. Like past examples, it was designed to allow Nadal to wear it when playing tennis.
The size of 27-04 is 38.4mm wide, 47.25mm toe tip, and 11.4mm thick. It is a hollow tonneau watch. The case is made of the above-mentioned TitaCarb, carbon fiber is 38.5%, and it has excellent tensile strength (3,700 kg) / cm² (for those who want to know), while being as light as possible. The front and back of the sapphire crystal glass provide an incredibly cool and tennis-inspired movement design. The movement is suspended in a grid made of steel wires with a diameter of 0.27mm. The cable passes through two (red) The turnbuckle fixes the movement in place.
The braiding of the steel cable is inspired by tennis rackets. Although it is easy to try to make your tennis watch look like a racket, RM has put in more effort here and made a structure that actually relies on a similar structure to support movement and help It manages the vibration and gravity generated by professional tennis players. In the test, the 27-04 caliber RM27-04 can withstand acceleration of more than 12,000 Gs. This is the first time for best Richard Mille. The cable is maintained by a pair of PVD treated 5N gold tensioners, which are super tightly woven to form a unique and exciting dial.
The RM27-04 movement is hung on a micro watch net with a diameter of 855 square millimeters. This is a manual winding movement equipped with a tourbillon. It has been completely hollowed out and can be seen from both sides of the dark frosted light case. As mentioned above, the weight of all these elements together is only 30 grams. For reference, I recently weighed a miniature watch weighing 134 grams from a three-hand steel dial of a popular miniature brand. Want more? In 2017, Richard Mille (Richard Mille) announced the launch of the RM 50-03 McLaren F1, which was the world’s lightest second chronograph at the time. It weighs 40 grams. Finally, the original RM 027 weighs only 20 grams (the weight of the RM 27-01 is 19 grams), so although the weight of the 27-04 is slightly heavier, the previous Rafa RM cannot match the 12,000G. So far, you can only bend physics, at least until rm27-05.
I have said it before, but despite the absolute fact that I will never own Richard Mille, I just like the brands they do. And if you are like me (pragmatic in practice, but born with a soft spot for romance), you may find their watches are like supercars: I like their existence and uniqueness. Likewise, I don’t like tennis, but I think these are very cool exercises for cutting-edge mechanical watchmaking and legitimate and interesting ambassador marketing.
RM 27-04 can undoubtedly make your wallet lighter than 30 grams, but this is only a problem for a small group of wealthy and privileged nerds. As for the rest of us, we need to be satisfied with the hope of seeing a crossing one day (or while watching Nadal chase more victories on the tennis court).
Brand: Richard Mille
Model: RM 27-04 Tourbillon Rafael Nadal
Reference number: RM 27-04
Diameter: 38.4 mm
Thickness: 11.4 mm
Lug to lug: 47.25mm
Weight: 30 grams (including strap)
Case material: TitaCarb
Waterproof depth: 50 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Blue Textile
Functions: hours, minutes, tourbillon
Diameter: 32.75 x 28.95mm
Weight: 3.4 grams
Power reserve: ~38 hours
Frequency: 21,600 vph