When Rafael Nadal secured a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam title by winning the men’s singles title at the Australian Open at the weekend, he did so wearing a $1M USD tourbillon developed for him by Richard Mille.
After five-and-a-half hours on court against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev, the Mallorcan tennis legend had to check the time on the Richard Mille RM 27-04 Tourbillon Rafael Nadal that had been on his wrist throughout the tournament.
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The watch – the latest in a series of nine Richard Mille watches to bear Rafael Nadal’s name - was introduced in 2020 as a 50-piece limited edition with a price tag of $1,050,000 USD, although it has appreciated significantly since then. It features a grade 5 titanium tourbillon movement held in place by a single 0.27mm steel cable, woven into a net to mimic the structure of a tennis racket.
With a case made of TitaCarb composite and a woven fabric strap, the RM 27-04 Tourbillon weighs just 30g.
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