Nadal Touts $525,000 Richard Mille Watch While Playing in the French Open Quarterfinals

Tennis and luxury watches go hand in hand. Federer sports a Rolex during press conferences or when touting a new trophy on-court. Wimbledon is sponsored by Rolex. Few tennis players, however, wear their watches while playing.

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Rafael Nadal breaks the mold, however, and sports a $525,000 Richard Mille Tourbillon while playing (as does Olympic sprinter Yohan Blake). Nadal and his watch first made headlines in 2010. Adding any weight to the body in a balance-intensive sport like tennis can change players’ games dramatically. This is especially true in key areas like the wrist: unless one is volleying, tennis requires a great deal of wrist movement.

Richard Mille worked with Nadal to create a watch that would meet his stringent requirements. The result was the extremely light RM 027, weighing in at a mere 20 grams (lighter than a typical swatch watch). The watch doesn’t seem to have affected Nadal’s playing over the last two years – he’s currently ranked #2 in the world.

Nadal and his RM 027 in the Finals of Wimbeldon 2010. (Reuters)

Yesterday, Rafa upset the 12 seed, fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro. Almagro proved to be Nadal’s toughest opponent yet. The two battled  over one hour for their first set, which culminated with a close tie break. The final score was 7-6 (4), 6-2, 6-3. Nadal will face Ferrer in the French Open semifinals. More pictures of Nadal and his RM 027 in the 2012 French Open after the break.

Images from Nadal News.

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