Since 2010, RICHARD MILLE and Rafael Nadal have worked together to create exceptional watches, writing a new chapter in the history of watchmaking, and the latest works in this series will definitely be refreshing. In terms of impact resistance, the tourbillon movement raises technical performance to an unprecedented level.
By design, this watch shows the king of the Spanish tennis champion. Obviously, the French Open is a good time to release this new watch. The clay court has always been Rafael Nadal’s favorite. He put his advantages to the fullest and won the French Open champion 9 times. The soft and fragile clay court needs to fully demonstrate the offensive style of play on the premise of observing the basic discipline principles of the game.
In the same way, this new watch perfectly blends innovations in materials with the structure of horology. The clay court is famous for its expansion effect. The same applies to RM 27-03, its eye-catching red-yellow-toned TPT® quartz case, symbolizing the country of Rafa, Spain. Through a Swiss proprietary process, a thin layer of silica with a thickness of only 45 microns is immersed in a colored resin, and the filaments are woven into a thin layer, and then heated to 120 ° C to show bright colors. During the research and development of new colors of TPT® quartz material, whether it is the color stability required by the REACH standard, or biocompatibility and durability, it shows the superb skills of RICHARD MILLE and North Thin Ply Technology (NTPT®) engineers . After the composite material is prepared, it will take a long time for milling and surface treatment to obtain the watch case and various parts.
The quartz fiber material of the case can guarantee a waterproof performance of 50 meters in depth, has excellent strength / weight ratio, has no sensitization, and has good UV resistance. However, what makes this extraordinary watch unique is the tourbillon movement that can withstand up to 10,000g of impact. In the ‘pendulum impact test’, the linear acceleration caused by the sudden movement or impact of the wearer is simulated. It is this kind of long research and development and repeated tests that have raised its performance to a new level.
The ultra-light tourbillon movement is mounted on a hollow integrated TPT® carbon fiber base plate with micron-level accuracy, making this watch almost indestructible, while simplifying the parts in the structure and making it lighter. The quick-winding barrel provides lasting power for up to 70 hours of operation.
The perfect surface treatment of the RM27-03 movement, using hand-polished progressive chamfering, elegant forged surface, shines with the brightness of micro-grinding technology. The RM27-03 has a memorable atmospheric performance: a highly recognizable and unique hollow bridge plate surrounds the barrel, with sharp and smooth lines, with high-quality gears and a mechanical tourbillon with a 3 Hz frequency, it outlines the visual front Bull image. The bull is a symbol of Spain and a symbol of Nadal’s selection. As a fun compliment, the TPT® Quartz Torque Limiting Crown used for winding and manual setting is tennis-shaped.
Energetic and sporty, this watch is limited to 50 pieces and will be a new partner for Rafa in the future.
RM 27-03 RAFAEL NADAL Tourbillon Technical Specifications
Limited edition of 50 pieces
Caliber RM27-03: manual winding tourbillon movement, hours and minutes display
Dimensions: 47.77 x 40,30 x 12.75 mm
The main function
70 hours (± 10%).
TPT® Carbon Fiber Integrated Base Plate
RM 27-03’s one-piece base plate ring structure is machined from TPT® carbon fiber material. The bezel and the bottom cover are directly mounted on the bottom plate, perfectly interpreting the ‘one-piece’. Its principle is similar to the racing structure, which can ensure maximum rigidity and impact resistance.
TPT® carbon fiber consists of multiple layers of parallel filaments separated from carbon fibers. These TPT® carbon fiber layers, no more than 30 microns thick, are first dipped in a resin and woven using a special machine, with a 45 ° angle between the layers. After heating to 120 ° F at a pressure of 6 bar, TPT® carbon fiber can be machined in the parts factory of RICHARD MILLE. TPT® carbon fiber is known for its excellent resistance to microcracks.
The hollow TPT® carbon fiber baseplate is a revolution in machining. As the main component of RM 27-03, the base plate must be thoroughly tested under extreme conditions to optimize its mechanical properties.
Grade 5 titanium alloy bridge
Grade 5 titanium alloy is a bio-compatible, super corrosion-resistant, high-rigidity alloy that ensures smooth gear operation. This alloy contains 90% titanium, 6% aluminum, and 4% vanadium, which optimizes the mechanical properties and makes it superb in the fields of aerospace, aviation and automobile manufacturing.
The RM27-03 movement bridge plate is the same as the base plate and has also undergone intensive and rigorous complete testing to optimize their impact resistance.
Variable inertia balance without hairspring
The variable inertia balance without hairspring and end curve hairspring can ensure the reliability of the watch when it is subjected to vibration, movement assembly, and disassembly, thereby achieving long-lasting and accurate movement.
Quickly rotate the barrel (6 hours instead of 7.5 hours per revolution)
These barrels have the following advantages:
-Significantly reduce the adhesion of internal mainspring cycle, thereby improving its performance;
-Provides a perfect mainspring delta curve, creating the ideal ratio between power reserve, performance and regularity.
Progressive rebound function barrel pawl
This device can save a lot of energy (about 20%) when it is chained, especially at the beginning of the chain. It also helps to evenly distribute the internal tension of the mainspring.
Winding barrel gear and central involute tooth profile of the center wheel
The involute tooth profile of the winding barrel’s center can provide the best 20 ° angle pressure, which helps to improve the gear transmission efficiency, and can offset the meshing deviation of the gear, thereby ensuring good torque transmission and significantly improving its performance .
Clockwork box cover is secured with eccentric screws
This feature guarantees that the barrel cover remains stable even when subjected to strong stress.
Case and bridge plate with five grade titanium alloy spline screws
Better control of tightening torque during assembly. Therefore, the screws are not affected by physical operations in the disassembly process, and thus are durable.
-Movement size: 29.30 x 29.60 mm
-Thickness 7.10 mm
-Tourbillon size: 12.30 mm
-Balance wheel size: 10.00 mm
-Number of gems: 19
-Balance wheel: 2-arm beryllium bronze alloy, 4 adjustment screws
-Moment of inertia: 11.50 mg • cm2, inclination 53 °
-Swing frequency: 21600 times per hour (3 Hz)
-Balance spring: Nivarox® elinvar
-Shock absorber: KIF Elastor KE 160 B28
-Barrel shaft: Nickel-free Chronifer spring barrel (DIN x 46 Cr 13 + S), with the following properties: anti-rust, anti-magnetic, hardenable
TPT® quartz case
The front and rear bezels of the RM 27-03 are made of TPT® quartz. This unprecedented breakthrough material was designed and developed jointly by RICHARD MILLE and North Thin Ply Technology.
TPT® quartz is composed of multiple parallel filaments separated by silica. Fiber layers up to 45 microns thick are dipped in an exclusive yellow or red resin developed specifically for RICHARD MILLE, and then inserted into the TPT® carbon fiber layer and the fibers between each layer through a special automated control system Staggered at a 45 ° angle.
Then, in a similar device for an autoclave that manufactures parts for the aviation industry, after heating to 120 degrees Celsius under a pressure of 6 bar, the material can be sent to the manufacturing factory of RICHARD MILLE and processed by CNC machine tools. After mechanical processing, each layer of TPT® quartz material is randomly peeled off to form a special texture, making each case processed into a unique work. Quartz fiber has high temperature resistance and high strength, so it is used in high-performance equipment.
The complete case is equipped with two nitrile O-ring seals to ensure water resistance at a depth of 50 meters, and is assembled by 12 grade 5 titanium alloy spline screws and 316L stainless steel washers.
Case Grade 5 Titanium Spline Screw
Use this type of screw to better control screw torque during assembly. It will not be damaged during assembly and disassembly, so it is durable.
The crown is made of TPT® quartz. This new safety device prevents accidental over-winding of the watch, causing damage to the winding stem or excessive pressure on the barrel.
The upper flange is made of TPT® carbon fiber.
Sapphire crystal (1800 Vickers hardness), anti-glare mirror (both sides)
Thickness: 1.20 mm at the center and 4.09 mm at the edges
-Hand-polished progressive chamfer
-Side blast milling
-Elongated upper surface
Stainless steel components
-Surface satin finish
-Matte ‘brouillé’ brushing
-Side longitudinal drawing
-Both ends are stone-polished
-Recessed diamond polished
-Surface softened by ring
-Rhodium (before cutting)
-The gear is slightly modified to ensure the beauty and overall performance of its geometry