RM 27-03 Tourbillon Rafael Nadal

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RM 27-03 Tourbillon Rafael Nadal

Brand  : Richard Mille
Collection  : RM 27
Model  : RM 27-03 Tourbillon Rafael Nadal
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Nber of pieces : 50
Complement : Quartz TPT® - Comfort Elastical Strap
On sale : 2017

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  • Brand  : Richard Mille
    Collection  : RM 27
    Model  : RM 27-03 Tourbillon Rafael Nadal
    Reference  :
    Nber of pieces : 50
    Complement : Quartz TPT® - Comfort Elastical Strap
    On sale : 2017
    List Price : 792 500 €
    Height : 47.77 mm
    Width : 40.30 mm
    Thickness : 12.75 mm
    Styles : Sporty
    Atypical
    High Horology
    Types : Hand-winding
    Calibre : RM27-03
    Calibre distinction : Skeleton
    Shock resistance : 10 000 g's
    Complication : Tourbillon
    Skeleton
    Case material : Quartz TPT®
    Shape : Tonneau
    Water-resistance : 50 meters
    Display : Skeleton baton hands
    Indexes : Dots
    Glass : Sapphire
    Strap material : Elastical fabric
    Strap color : Yellow
    + More characteristics :
    Mouvement
    Power reserve: circa 70 hours (+ 10%)
    Unibody baseplate in Carbon TPT®
    Bridges in grade 5 titanium
    Free sprung balance with variable inertia
    Fast rotating barrel (6 hours per revolution instead of 7.5 hours)
    Barrel pawl with progressive recoil
    Winding barrel teeth and centre-wheel pinion with central involute profile
    Closure of the barrel cover using excentric screws
    Spline screws in grade 5 titanium for the bridges and the case
    Torque limiting crown
    Movement dimensions: 29.30 x 29.60 mm
    Tourbillon diameter: 12.30 mm
    Balance diameter: 10.00 mm
    Number of jewels: 19
    Balance: Glucydur, 2 arms and 4 setting screws
    Moment of inertia 11.50 mg•cm2, angle of lift 53°
    Frequency: 21,600 vph (3 Hz)
    Balance spring: elinvar by Nivarox®
    Shock absorbers: KIF Elastor KE 160 B28
    Barrel shaft: nickel-free Chronifer (DIN x 46 Cr 13 + S), with the following characteristics: stainless - antimagnetic - suitable for tempering
    Gradual hand-polished bevelling
    Shot-blasted milled sections
    Stretched upper surfaces

    Finitions
    Shot-blasted surfaces
    Satin-brushed surfaces
    Hand-polished bevelling
    Long strokes
    Matt ‘brouillé’ strokes
    Long strokes on the sides
    Polished sinks
    Profile-turning :
    Lapped and polished ends
    Burnished pivots
    Wheels :
    Diamond-polished sinks
    Circular decorations on the front surfaces
    Rhodium-plating (before cutting the teeth)
    Minimal corrections are made to the wheels to preserve their geometry and overall performance

    CASE IN QUARTZ TPT®
    The front and back bezels of the RM 27-03 are made from Quartz TPT®, a groundbreaking new material designed and developed by Richard Mille in partnership with North Thin Ply Technology. Quartz TPT® is composed of over 600 layers of parallel filaments obtained from separating silica threads. These layers, no thicker than 45 microns, are saturated in a white resin developed specially for Richard Mille, then inserted between layers of Carbon TPT® using an automatic positioning system that changes the orientation of the fibre between each layer by 45°. It is then heated to 120°C and subjected to a pressure of 6 bars in an autoclave similar to those used to make aeronautical components, before the material is ready for machining on a CNC machine at Richard Mille’s manufacturing facilities. Machining unveils the various Quartz TPT® layers at random, ensuring that each machined part is unique. Quartz fibres are generally used for very high performance applications due to their resistance to high temperatures and their strength. The complete case construction is water-resistant to 50 metres thanks to two Nitril O-rings, is assembled using 12 spline screws in grade 5 titanium and 316L stainless steel washers.

DESCRIPTION

  • RM 27-03 RAFAEL NADAL, AN OUTSTANDING TOURBILLON CALIBRE

    Since 2010, Richard Mille and Rafael Nadal have developed remarkable watches, via a collaboration unique in the history of watchmaking, and the latest of these is no disappointment. In terms of shock resistance, the tourbillon movement expands the horizons of technical performance.

    Aesthetically, the timepiece alludes to the Spanish tennis champion’s masterful character. Roland-Garros was an obvious choice of venue to present this new timepiece. Clay courts are the preferred playing surface for Rafael Nadal, nine-time winner of the French Open, who knows how to play to his strengths. Slow and sensitive, clay calls for an aggressive playing style that nonetheless respects the fundamental principles of the discipline.

    Likewise, this new watch reconciles innovations at the level of materials with a testament to horological architecture. Clay courts are known for amplified effect. You might say the same of the RM 27-03, given the striking red and yellow hues of its Quartz TPT® case that pay homage to Rafa’s native Spain. The intense burst of colour is achieved by impregnating fine layers of silica just 45 microns thick with tinted resin according to a proprietary process developed in Switzerland that stacks the filaments in layers before heating them to 120 °C. When it comes to releasing a new shade of Quartz TPT®, achieving colour stability compliant with REACH standards while resolving issues of biocompatibility and durability represents a tremendous display of prowess on the part of the engineers at Richard Mille and North Thin Ply Technology (NTPT®). And once the composite is produced, there remain many hours of milling and finishing operations to produce the case and components.

    The quartz fibres used in this case, which is water resistant to 50 metres, offer a very advantageous strength/weight ratio, as well as being anallergic and highly resistant to UV rays. But the main innovation of this extraordinary watch lies in the capacity of its tourbillon calibre to withstand shocks up to 10,000 g’s. This new threshold has been attained thanks to years of R&D and countless hours of tests, particularly ‘pendulum impact testing’ which simulates the linear acceleration that occurs due to sudden movements or shock to the wearer. This virtual indestructability is vouchsafed by assembly of the ultralight tourbillon calibre on the skeletonised unibody baseplate of Carbon TPT® with a precision to the nearest micron, while the reduced number of components in this configuration permits additional weight savings, lightening the whole watch. The rapid winding barrel provides an unvarying flow of energy for the full 70 hours of running time.

    The magnificent finishing of the RM 27-03 calibre presents hand-polished tapered anglage and graceful satin surfaces that set off the sparkle of finely microblasted elements. The RM 27-03 offers an impressive play of volumes. Highly stylised, the sharp, streamlined curves of the skeletonised bridges encircling the barrel, the great wheel and the mechanical winding tourbillon beating at 3 Hz together evoke the forward-facing head of a bull. A symbol of Spain, this animal is also Nadal’s chosen emblem. As a playful nod, winding and hand setting are conducted using a torque-limiting crown of Quartz TPT® in the shape of a tennis ball.

    Especially vivid and sporty, this watch, produced in a limited edition of only 50 pieces, will be Rafa’s new ally in the matches ahead on his wrist.

  • RM 27-03 RAFAEL NADAL, AN OUTSTANDING TOURBILLON CALIBRE

    Since 2010, Richard Mille and Rafael Nadal have developed remarkable watches, via a collaboration unique in the history of watchmaking, and the latest of these is no disappointment. In terms of shock resistance, the tourbillon movement expands the horizons of technical performance.

    Aesthetically, the timepiece alludes to the Spanish tennis champion’s masterful character. Roland-Garros was an obvious choice of venue to present this new timepiece. Clay courts are the preferred playing surface for Rafael Nadal, nine-time winner of the French Open, who knows how to play to his strengths. Slow and sensitive, clay calls for an aggressive playing style that nonetheless respects the fundamental principles of the discipline.

    Likewise, this new watch reconciles innovations at the level of materials with a testament to horological architecture. Clay courts are known for amplified effect. You might say the same of the RM 27-03, given the striking red and yellow hues of its Quartz TPT® case that pay homage to Rafa’s native Spain. The intense burst of colour is achieved by impregnating fine layers of silica just 45 microns thick with tinted resin according to a proprietary process developed in Switzerland that stacks the filaments in layers before heating them to 120 °C. When it comes to releasing a new shade of Quartz TPT®, achieving colour stability compliant with REACH standards while resolving issues of biocompatibility and durability represents a tremendous display of prowess on the part of the engineers at Richard Mille and North Thin Ply Technology (NTPT®). And once the composite is produced, there remain many hours of milling and finishing operations to produce the case and components.

    The quartz fibres used in this case, which is water resistant to 50 metres, offer a very advantageous strength/weight ratio, as well as being anallergic and highly resistant to UV rays. But the main innovation of this extraordinary watch lies in the capacity of its tourbillon calibre to withstand shocks up to 10,000 g’s. This new threshold has been attained thanks to years of R&D and countless hours of tests, particularly ‘pendulum impact testing’ which simulates the linear acceleration that occurs due to sudden movements or shock to the wearer. This virtual indestructability is vouchsafed by assembly of the ultralight tourbillon calibre on the skeletonised unibody baseplate of Carbon TPT® with a precision to the nearest micron, while the reduced number of components in this configuration permits additional weight savings, lightening the whole watch. The rapid winding barrel provides an unvarying flow of energy for the full 70 hours of running time.

    The magnificent finishing of the RM 27-03 calibre presents hand-polished tapered anglage and graceful satin surfaces that set off the sparkle of finely microblasted elements. The RM 27-03 offers an impressive play of volumes. Highly stylised, the sharp, streamlined curves of the skeletonised bridges encircling the barrel, the great wheel and the mechanical winding tourbillon beating at 3 Hz together evoke the forward-facing head of a bull. A symbol of Spain, this animal is also Nadal’s chosen emblem. As a playful nod, winding and hand setting are conducted using a torque-limiting crown of Quartz TPT® in the shape of a tennis ball.

    Especially vivid and sporty, this watch, produced in a limited edition of only 50 pieces, will be Rafa’s new ally in the matches ahead on his wrist.

  • Brand  : Richard Mille
    Collection  : RM 27
    Model  : RM 27-03 Tourbillon Rafael Nadal
    Reference  :
    Nber of pieces : 50
    Complement : Quartz TPT® - Comfort Elastical Strap
    On sale : 2017
    List Price : 792 500 €
    Height : 47.77 mm
    Width : 40.30 mm
    Thickness : 12.75 mm
    Styles : Sporty
    Atypical
    High Horology
    Types : Hand-winding
    Calibre : RM27-03
    Calibre distinction : Skeleton
    Shock resistance : 10 000 g's
    Complication : Tourbillon
    Skeleton
    Case material : Quartz TPT®
    Shape : Tonneau
    Water-resistance : 50 meters
    Display : Skeleton baton hands
    Indexes : Dots
    Glass : Sapphire
    Strap material : Elastical fabric
    Strap color : Yellow
    More characteristics :
    Mouvement
    Power reserve: circa 70 hours (+ 10%)
    Unibody baseplate in Carbon TPT®
    Bridges in grade 5 titanium
    Free sprung balance with variable inertia
    Fast rotating barrel (6 hours per revolution instead of 7.5 hours)
    Barrel pawl with progressive recoil
    Winding barrel teeth and centre-wheel pinion with central involute profile
    Closure of the barrel cover using excentric screws
    Spline screws in grade 5 titanium for the bridges and the case
    Torque limiting crown
    Movement dimensions: 29.30 x 29.60 mm
    Tourbillon diameter: 12.30 mm
    Balance diameter: 10.00 mm
    Number of jewels: 19
    Balance: Glucydur, 2 arms and 4 setting screws
    Moment of inertia 11.50 mg•cm2, angle of lift 53°
    Frequency: 21,600 vph (3 Hz)
    Balance spring: elinvar by Nivarox®
    Shock absorbers: KIF Elastor KE 160 B28
    Barrel shaft: nickel-free Chronifer (DIN x 46 Cr 13 + S), with the following characteristics: stainless - antimagnetic - suitable for tempering
    Gradual hand-polished bevelling
    Shot-blasted milled sections
    Stretched upper surfaces

    Finitions
    Shot-blasted surfaces
    Satin-brushed surfaces
    Hand-polished bevelling
    Long strokes
    Matt ‘brouillé’ strokes
    Long strokes on the sides
    Polished sinks
    Profile-turning :
    Lapped and polished ends
    Burnished pivots
    Wheels :
    Diamond-polished sinks
    Circular decorations on the front surfaces
    Rhodium-plating (before cutting the teeth)
    Minimal corrections are made to the wheels to preserve their geometry and overall performance

    CASE IN QUARTZ TPT®
    The front and back bezels of the RM 27-03 are made from Quartz TPT®, a groundbreaking new material designed and developed by Richard Mille in partnership with North Thin Ply Technology. Quartz TPT® is composed of over 600 layers of parallel filaments obtained from separating silica threads. These layers, no thicker than 45 microns, are saturated in a white resin developed specially for Richard Mille, then inserted between layers of Carbon TPT® using an automatic positioning system that changes the orientation of the fibre between each layer by 45°. It is then heated to 120°C and subjected to a pressure of 6 bars in an autoclave similar to those used to make aeronautical components, before the material is ready for machining on a CNC machine at Richard Mille’s manufacturing facilities. Machining unveils the various Quartz TPT® layers at random, ensuring that each machined part is unique. Quartz fibres are generally used for very high performance applications due to their resistance to high temperatures and their strength. The complete case construction is water-resistant to 50 metres thanks to two Nitril O-rings, is assembled using 12 spline screws in grade 5 titanium and 316L stainless steel washers.