Seven years on since the RM 027, and just on the crux of Roland Garros 2017, Richard Mille has announced the seventh addition to his lineup of extreme watches created in friendship with the Spanish phenome, Rafael “Rafa” Nadal.
Richard Mille’s guiding principle when designing a watch for Rafa has always been four pronged: The first principle is lightness because Nadal wears these watches when he is on the court. The second is shock resistance because the watches must survive Rafa. The third is comfort because what he wears on his wrist, cannot be allowed to impede his performance. And the fourth — this one’s really just for Mille himself — no compromise must be made in terms of mechanical watchmaking. So, here’s how the all new RM 27-03 ticks off all of Richard Mille’s boxes.
The RM 27-03 has its case formed out from Quartz TPT®, which boasts a high strength/weight ratio. Meaning to say that the case is as strong as it is light.
Its baseplate is made from a solitary Carbon TPT® piece, which forms the baseplate as well as the midcase of the watch, on to which the top and bottom of the case are affixed directly. The material, again, adds to the lightness of the watch. But there’s more.
The RM 27-03 sports grade 5 titanium bridges, which are extensively skeletonized and formed into this aggressive “V” shape — again adding to the watch’s lightness.
But enough superlatives. Brass tax — how much does the RM 27-03 weigh? It weighs a total of 34 grams; strap included.