CHAM­PI­ONS LEAGUE

Like his watches, Richard Mille’s ros­ter of sports am­bas­sadors is full of win­ners

Singapore Tatler Jewels & Time - - Contents - Text Ter­ence Lim

Richard Mille's win­ning al­liances

Richard Mille’s ob­ses­sion with high-tech ma­te­ri­als is well-known in the in­dus­try. And most con­nois­seurs will also know that be­cause of his love for th­ese new­fan­gled ma­te­ri­als, his watches are ul­tra­light and built to take on harsh and rough con­di­tions. But for ath­letes to wear the watches in the course of their com­pe­ti­tions—and ac­tu­ally win­ning the cham­pi­onships—that is an achieve­ment of another level. Think ten­nis play­ers and golfers, whose sport re­quire mas­sive hand and wrist ac­tions. But clearly, the watch­maker has ev­ery­thing down pat as th­ese sports peo­ple are un­af­fected by the Richard Mille tick­ers on the wrists, clinch­ing title after title. Here, Jew­els & Time lists the dif­fer­ent sport­ing he­roes who break bound­aries and push lim­its to­gether with the brand.

Wayde van Niek­erk The 25-year-old South African track and field star is the cur­rent world record holder, world cham­pion and Olympic cham­pion of the 400m. He wore the RM 6702 en route to win­ning the IAAF World Cham­pi­onships 400m gold medal.

Felipe Massa A long-time part­ner of Richard Mille, the Brazil­ian For­mula 1 (F1) star has been sport­ing a watch in ev­ery Grand Prix since 2004. The part­ner­ship with the 36-yearold is so strong that there are al­ready three Richard Mille tick­ers de­signed and built for him.

Alexis Pin­tu­rault At only 26 years old, he has racked up many im­pres­sive vic­to­ries, end­ing the last five years as world num­ber one four times. (He fin­ished sec­ond in 2015.) He al­ways wears the RM 035 Chronofi­able Cer­ti­fied Ul­ti­mate Edi­tion, a watch spe­cially cre­ated for alpine skiers that can with­stand the ex­treme con­di­tions.

Rafael Nadal Pos­si­bly the first ten­nis player to wear a high­com­pli­ca­tion watch on­court, the Spa­niard has been a long-time part­ner with Richard Mille. He has clinched many ti­tles while wear­ing the ticker and is never seen without it.

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