RICHARD MILLE RM 27-03 RAFAEL NADAL TOURBILLON
In terms of shock resistance, the tourbillon movement expands the horizons of technical performance. Aesthetically, the timepiece alludes to the Spanish tennis champion’s masterful character. The striking red and yellow hues of its Quartz TPT case that pay homage to Rafa’s native Spain, the intense burst of colour is achieved by impregnating fine layers of silica just 45 microns thick with tinted resin according to a proprietary process developed in Switzerland that stacks the filaments in layers before heating them to 120 °C and once the composite is produced, there remain many hours of milling and finishing operations to produce the case and components. The main innovation however lies in the capacity of its tourbillon calibre to withstand shocks up to 10,000 g’s. This virtual indestructibility is vouchsafed by assembly of the ultra light tourbillon calibre on the skeletonised unibody base plate of Carbon TPT with a precision to the nearest micron, while the reduced number of components in this configuration permits additional weight savings, lightening the whole watch. The rapid winding barrel provides an unvarying flow of energy for the full 70 hours of running time. Produced in a limited edition of only 50 pieces, this will be Rafa’s new ally in the
matches ahead on his wrist.