Luxury watchmaker Richard Mille launched just 50 pieces of incredible Rafael Nadal’s RM027 which is probably the lightest sport watch in the world. This pretty rare timepiece costs $525,000! Just imagine the price of the one that has been worn by the one of the biggest tennis star ever, Rafael Nadal. Exactly that watch will be auctioned as part of the Only Watch charity event that will take place in Manaco, on 22 September 2011.
While other 39 renowned watchmakers created special, one-of-a-kind watches for the Only Watch auction, in order to support the fight against Duchenne muscular dystrophy, Richard Mille offered the uniqueness on a different way. Instead of producing unique form, it has given the world unique spirit, throughout the watch that Rafael Nadal was wearing, during his champion’s run inMonte Carlo, earlier this year.
Rafa’s personal timepiece is even more authentic, since it is a pre-production prototype model that had been under serious tests, before the line was released. However, this watch pasted the most serious tests on Nadal’s wrist, during professional tennis games. Since it is unbelievably light, just 20 grams with a strap, the RM 027 doesn’t affect its extraordinary precision, as well as the game has no effect on the perfect work of the watch.
A 48mm x 39.7mm case of Richard Mille RM 027 is crafted in a composite of mostly carbon, matching a polycarbonate strap. The most striking part of the watch is inside the case. A Caliber RM 027 hand-wound mechanism with a tourbillon has an incredible weight under 4 grams, thanks to its construction, made of titanium and a rarely used metal alloy, called aluminum lithium (also read my review of Richard Mille RM 035 Rafael Nadal timepiece).
It will be interesting to see how much Rafa’s personal RM 027 watch is actually worth. Most definitely, it will reach a ridiculously high price, but that is perfectly cool, because all proceeds from the auction will help Duchenne muscular dystrophy research.