Wearing the Richard Mille 027 Tourbillon watch, World number one tennis player, Rafael Nadal won three Grand Slams in 2010 – Roland Garros, Wimbledon and US Open. Swiss watchmaker decided to get on with the successful partnership, developing the RM 035.
Just as RM 027 Tourbillon (weighs just 20 grams), new watch, presented at Baselworld 2011, has remarkable lightness, with a mechanism, weighing just 4,3 grams. This skeletonized caliber RMUL1, which comprises 24 jewels and oscillates at 4Hz, comes with the ultimate innovation – free sprung balance with variable inertia that provides higher reliability and stability.
Richard Mille did a great job, making this ultra light and super tough titanium movement, which can resist the extreme conditions, without loosing its high performance. But that wasn’t an easy task at all. Every single detail was constructed according to an extremely rigorous specification.
Finally, after one year of working on its skeletonization, the renowned watchmaker got its very first hand-winding movement with the Chronofiable® certification. This means that new timepieces resisted various rigorous tests, such as the control of movement performances, amplitude tests at two temperature levels (0°C and 50°C), monitoring of a shock resistance and control of the power reserve and the winding celerity. Every single movement of this hi-quality mechanism can be seen trough the transparent watch face.
The RM 035 Rafael Nadal watch features the black magnesium-aluminium case. This extremely hard and light alloy – (90% magnesium and 8.9 % aluminium) is treated with electro-plasma oxidation, for grater durability, scratch and corrosion resistance. The case is put together with 12 spline screws in grade 5 titanium and abrasion resistant washers, made of 316L stainless steel.
Polyurethane bracelet, with matching buckle of magnesium-aluminium alloy completes the remarkable package of a modern design and superb performances that celebrate highest sport achievements, impeccable accuracy and distinctive style of the great Tennis champion.