SIHH 2014: Richard Mille RM 35-01 Rafael Nadal

Richard Mille RM 35-01 Rafael Nadal

This new hand-wound, Rafael Nadal-inspired watch from haute watchmaker Richard Mille combines the spirit of the legendary RM 027 (Rafa’s first watch from Mille) with a carbon case manufactured using the NTPT ® technology recently developed by Richard Mille. 

Richard Mille RM 35-01 Rafael Nadal Caseback

The NTPT carbon case (announced by RM October 2013) consists of several layers of parallel filaments of carbon of a thickness of 30 microns, then impregnated with a resin stacked on a specific machine which modifies the fiber orientation of 45 ° between two layers.  This technology provides not only housing exceptional rigidity in all directions but also gives each case a unique identity through the undulating shapes and random visual identity that emerge slowly during milling and finishing of carbon on the surface of the steel damask. 

Richard Mille RM 35-01 Rafael Nadal Case Detail

The Calibre RMUL3 is a skeleton manual winding movement with hours, minutes, & seconds.  RMUL3 provides exceptional resistance to impacts through the use of titanium grade 5 black PVD throughout the movement; Mille subjects it to extensive testing under extreme conditions, including higher impacts than 5000 G.  The movement weights a mere 4 grams.

Richard Mille Caliber RMUL3

Other Richard Mille design technologies such as the variable inertia balance and titanium spline screws in titanium are also present in this watch.

Price?  Somewhere in the range of astronomical.