(What time is it? Nadal-o’clock!)
Rafael Nadal has partnered with Richard Mille brand watches to create a timepiece that can handle his wicked topspin. The resulting watch weighs only 20 grams and will cost a cool $525,000. That’s $26,250 per gram, in case you were wondering. Only 50 watches will be made like Rafa’s, with the ultra light polycarbonate strap. Quick, everyone, get your name on the wait list!
Via The Watch Lounge
In their quest to take watch-making to new levels (courts?) super high-end watch maker Richard Mille, in conjunction with tennis superstar Rafael Nadal, have created the all new RM 027 Tourbillon. A watch that is so light (just 20 grams with the strap on!) that Mr. Nadal will actually be wearing it when he plays on court!
Now if you know anything about tennis you’ll instantly realize what a big deal this is as any slight shift in weight on a player can dramatically change their game. Therefore, if this partnership was ever going to succeed it was imperative that the company produce a piece that satisfied Rafa’s strict requirements.
And so they did.
I guess Rafa has high standards:
(T)he biggest endorsement of all is that this piece has been tried and tested by a man renowned for refusing to compromise when it comes to his sport and his performance. The fact that Rafael Nadal has agreed to wear this piece in all of his matches says far more than any technical specifications ever could.
Hmm. . .somebody better tell Justine and Kim that their watch sponsors (Rolex and Citizen, respectively) are weighing them down.
Roger Federer is sponsored by Rolex but saves his watch for trophy ceremonies and press conferences.
Federer doesn’t wear a wedding ring either, for fear it will throw off his strokes. Perhaps there’s an enterprising jeweler out there who wants to make a super-light wedding ring? Or how about a featherweight BabyBjorn that will allow Rog to play with the twins? Also, will someone please get Bethanie Mattek-Sands some spun gold, aerodynamic knee socks?
The sponsorship possibilities in tennis are endless. . .