The Unshakable Richard Mille RM 27-04 Tourbillon Rafael Nadal
Anyone who is interested in tennis and has watched the Spanish superstar Rafael Nadal (Rafael Nadal) game will notice something unusual: the intimidating brutality inherent in the athlete’s body language, through a few The characteristics show; he groans every time he hits the ball, or his aggressive shot is so powerful that every finger is protected by tape. Sometimes, the calluses on his hands would bleed.
Rafael Nadal is like a machine on a tennis court, running at full speed. His eyes are dignified and focused, and every rebound is a matter of life and death; fortunately, it is not in reality, but in the game-in his game-perfect.
Rafael Nadal’s Tourbillon
Rafael Nadal’s special racket has to withstand tremendous power. Nadal has a special technique. Every time he hits the ball, he uses his wrist to produce a special spin of the tennis ball. On the court, no player can get more spin on the ball.
Ten years ago, this inspired watchmaker Richard Mille to develop a watch that can withstand this force on the wrist. Not only that, he also decided that it should be a tourbillon-a highly refined and sensitive mechanism. Richard Mille’s ability to attract Rafael Nadal’s attention is both absurd and clever. In the first try, when Richard Mille strapped a watch with a platinum case to the athlete’s wrist, Nadal was obviously confused by the heavy weight. Of course, Richard Mille first faced him with a heavy watch instead of immediately handing him the RM 027 Tourbillon Rafael Nadal, which weighs only 20 grams. This is just a psychological trick. Nadal was very excited. In 2010, he won the US Open for the first time, and for the first time wearing a watch.
That was ten years ago, and then there were seven models that followed closely, which were always technically superior to other models, and caused a sensation in aesthetics and price. The two perfectionists Richard Mille and Rafael Nadal have become close friends and meet regularly outside the court in private. “When I am with Richard Mille, I don’t feel bored for a moment, and spending time with him is always so inspiring,” Nadal said excitedly. On the occasion of this 10-year partnership, Richard Mille is now launching an anniversary model that once again surpasses all previous models. It may also exceed our imagination of how much a watch can be worth.
RM 27-04 Tourbillon Rafael Nadal
The latest model weighs only 30 grams including the strap. Although the first RM 27 model in 2010 is 10 grams lighter, the new RM 27-04 can withstand accelerations of more than 12,000 grams-this is Richard Mille’s record. In contrast, Formula One drivers experience approximately 5 g of acceleration when cornering. The acceleration of the roller coaster reaches 6 g, and at about 8 g, inexperienced drivers lose consciousness. The unique mesh structure extends into the case like a tennis racket and absorbs vibration like a tennis string, which undoubtedly contributes to the incredible resistance of the watch.
The movement is inspired by the strings of tennis rackets, and its support comes from a fine radiating mesh structure of only 855 square millimeters. It consists of a braided steel wire rope with a diameter of only 0.27 mm. The manual winding tourbillon movement, caliber RM27-04, starts from the underside of the movement base plate and is connected to the grid by means of five polished grade 5 titanium hooks with a 5N gold coating. As with threading, the watchmaker first pulls all the longitudinal strings and then passes through the transverse strings so that the thread passes above and below the longitudinal strings. The splints and bridge plates are made of an alloy composed of 90% grade 5 titanium, 6% aluminum and 4% vanadium, and have a black PVD coating. Cemented carbide can ensure particularly smooth operation of the wheel train, and has also proven to be a common material in the aerospace and automotive industries. Richard Mille replica
The case of the new RM 27-04 is made of “TitaCarb” for the first time, and the surface has been sandblasted and polished. This high-performance polyamide is reinforced by 38.5% carbon fiber; the addition of carbon gives “TitaCarb” a special tensile strength (370 MPa or 3,700 kg/cm). Therefore, the material is not only almost as resistant to damage as steel, but also has the ability to withstand humidity and temperature, which is in line with the requirements of players such as Rafael Nadal for watches. Due to the use of two nitrile O-rings, the case is water-resistant to 50 m and is equipped with eight grade 5 titanium spline screws and 316L stainless steel ring washers.
Rafael Nadal will return to the field this week at the French Open Championships in Paris this year – he will wear the brand new RM 27-04 tourbillon for the first time on his wrist. Nadal).
BRAND: Richard Mille
MODEL: RM 27-04 Tourbillon Rafael Nadal
REFERENCE: RM 27-04
CASE MATERIAL: TitaCarb® – Richard Mille exclusive
DIMENSIONS: Diameter: 38.40 x 47.25 mm
Height: 11.40 mm
WATER RESISTANCE: 5 bar (~ 50 m)
STRAP/BRACELET: Textile strap
MOVEMENT TYPE: Manual
POWER RESERVE: 38 hours (±10%)
FREQUENCY: 21,600 vph (3 Hz)
FUNCTIONS: Hours, minutes